The Mischievians by William Joyce
William Joyce is the illustrator of one of my son’s favorite childhood books and cartoon, George Shrinks. So I was excited to receive one of his newer books called The Mischievians.
The richly illustrated book uncovers over 20 new species of Mischievians responsible for causing all sorts of conundrums that have embarrassed and irritated human beings for millennia. This ancient race is responsible for life’s unsolvable irritations, like belly button lint, lost car keys, and the missing remote control. Working closely with Dr. Zooper, Joyce and Moonbot’s artists ensure an accurate and scientific visual representation of each Mischievian, including the elusive Endroller, the villainous creature who uses up all the toilet paper and the illustrious Homework Eater, responsible for consuming over a trillion pounds of missing homework.
Each of the mischievous Mischievians, are listed in a question and answer format in the book. With pressing questions like, “Is a Mischievian responsible for the part of your back that you just can’t seem to scratch?” or “Are the Mischievians the culprits of a booger dangling from your nose for all to see?” All those questions about missing TV remotes (blame the RemoteToters) and belly button lint (blame the Lintbellians) are answered along with a few tidbits about their mission, and how to combat them!
My six year old really enjoyed this book, he thought all of the little creatures were pretty funny. I liked the illustrations, a bit quirky but with the William Joyce flair that I am use to seeing.