The Mischievians by William Joyce Book Review The Mischievians by William Joyce Book Review

The Mischievians by William Joyce Book Review

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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 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!

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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.


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  1. Avatar
    Kimberly Schotz
    March 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

    This is a book I know my granddaughter would enjoy. Love the illustrations, we enjoy quirky.

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    Daily Woman (Lacey)
    March 10, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Love the Question/Answer format. My kids will have fun blaming the Mischievians for everything.

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    Jennifer Rogers
    March 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    This sounds like a book kids would adore, I can hear it now, “The Mischievians did it” LOL!

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    Dorothy Teel
    March 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    This book sounds like so much fun, I hope it answers my question about the ‘not me monster” who lives at my house, and who leaves stuff lying all around and breaks things, but “not me” done it. I like the illustrations in the book and I like that it is formatted to answer questions that are asked and lets a childs imagination soar, and enjoy this book

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    Tasha Wilkerson
    March 12, 2014 at 2:31 am

    This book sounds fabulous!! I know my girls would love it!

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    Carissa Joslyn
    March 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    although this isn’t totally related, but my son is obsessed with Aliens. He’s 4, & would rather watch Ancient Aliens then cartoons! Anyways, so I think he’s love this book, although they aren’t quiet Aliens, but same concept!

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    March 15, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I think my kids, especially my son who is hard to please, who love this book! Such a unique concept!

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    Laura C.
    March 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    The Q&A format is neat. I love the illustrations! I think that my youngest niece would enjoy this book.

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    Stacy Harrington Calhoun
    March 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I can see both my girls ages 12 and 5 both loving these books, and i can hear their giggles now looking at their pictures

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    Jane Ritz
    March 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I think my 6 year old grandson would love this. He likes aliens and such. This is a great review. The question/answer format is also great for kids.

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    March 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    My daughter and I would love this! I am sure we all have Mischievian alter egos. I can see us coming up with new ones.

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    Sherry Compton
    March 24, 2014 at 8:17 am

    This sounds fun and already has me smiling. I can see kids laughing over this. Plus, it gives us someone besides the dog and elves to blame things on. 🙂

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    Lily Kwan
    March 25, 2014 at 4:11 am

    This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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