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Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual Hardcover – June 11, 2009
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I couldn't possibly write a review of this book without first comparing it to The Dangerous Book for Boys. It's in a similar fashion, but in my opinion, better executed. This book has a lot of material I would have LOVED to have when I was younger (actually... I'm still pretty excited about it now). I feel like The Dangerous Book for Boys only has about 30% of worthwhile content. Boys like to cause trouble. Simple as that, and this book helps to do so in a non-destructive way, which is ultimately the most important lesson.
From a publishing standpoint, this book is fantastic. The quality of the book overall is above and beyond just about any other book in its class. From the recipe inserts, to the illustrations on every page, to the size of the book overall, this book begs to be on any child's shelf or in their backpack for... "extra-curricular activities."
I don't have kids of my own, but I can immediately see the bonding that can be had from a book like this. I'm excited to get outside (now that the weather is nice again in New England) with my little cousin and start having fun. I play a fair share of video games, but he beats me hands down on hours logged, which I feel is just a shame when you're a young'un since there's so much trouble to cause in the world. Hopefully, he'll find that going out and causing some mischief is just way more fun than doing something similar in a video game. Plus, when it's time to go in at night, he can fill in all of his accomplishments on the accompanying website to the book.
If there's a young person in your life you're looking to bond with, or you're just immature (I'm both), then this is a must-buy.
"Welcome, Young Prankster.
You have taken the first step in your training. Congratulations.
This is a big day in your life. You're about to learn everything from proper etiquette for Prank Phone Calls to usage of the classic Smoke Bomb. By studying the pages of M3, and memorizing its concepts, you'll be transformed from a novice prankster into a mighty overlord of mayhem. By the end of your training, you will be able to conjure forth a mighty mountain of suds, make frogs rain from the sky, and make people fart on command.
SIR JOHN HARGRAVE'S MISCHIEF MAKING MANUAL, or M3, is the ultimate handbook for pranks, practical jokes, stunts, tricks, and large-scale hoaxes."
This book is composed of 6 sections that will make kids beg their parents to buy it for them and adults want to buy it but not give it to their kids.Read more ›
To prank, to really be a superb above average prankster, is not an on-again off-again proposition. It requires a level of dedication and commitment. A true love of a good joke and a practiced eye. Fortunately, no child has to go it alone anymore. Using the "Mischief Maker's Manual" kids will progress through various stages of prankatude. From mild antics like salt and pepper switcheroos to full-blown large-scale productions like faking an alien landing. Every possible component is listed from getting in trouble to utilizing a buddy system.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book for helping one plan pranks, and it inspires me to develop my own.Published 4 months ago by Claire Ashcraft
Written for children. Not an adult book. My 4 year old has more imagination than the info in this book. Don't waste your money.Published on August 16, 2014 by Tiffany
I love this book. It gives kids (and maybe adults) something to look forward to. If I had to pick between my favorite books or this... I would pick this.Published on March 16, 2014 by Ben
This was a Christmas present for my little brother..he absolutely loves it..and loves playing pranks on his three older brothers.Published on January 15, 2014 by Jacinta Lamont
This book is great me and my freind use this book all the time it's a great book for all agesPublished on January 10, 2014 by The daredevils
I got this book for my son and husband as a joke and so they could get into a little trouble together but it's just not what I expected and not as easy to follow as I thought it... Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Mother Zucker
Totally not into censorship AT ALL, and totally jiggy with what could be considered good pranks for the Darwin Awards, but we just had our local library district pull this book... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Pine Breeze
She laughed out loud and was greatly entertained by the pranks and practical jokes in this book. She tried to enlist me into pulling some of these on her father!Published on July 3, 2013 by M. Howard
A great book, including a lot of things. Only minus is that i would like a practical list of pranks in the back of the book, with lots of ideas.
4+ out of 5