Books by Mac Barnett

THE IMPOSSIBLE CRIME by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2018

"This romp will definitely find an audience. (Mystery. 7-10)"
This young spy does not suffer from the sophomore slump! Read full book review >
MAC UNDERCOVER by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A few visual quibbles aside, an enjoyable romp that will leave readers salivating for the sequel. (Historical thriller. 8-10)"
When the queen of England calls, you'd better answer the phone. Read full book review >
SQUARE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2018

"For all its brevity, chockablock with philosophical topics to ponder and debate. (Picture book. 10-adult)"
In the wake of Triangle (2017), a further raft of ontological posers in stripped-down geometric garb. Read full book review >
THE WOLF, THE DUCK, AND THE MOUSE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A howl. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Swallowed by a wolf, a mouse and duck defend their cozy belly from a hunter. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU LIKE A PIG by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This may leave readers pondering the many forms that love can take, but when is that ever a misstep? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Love doesn't always make sense. Read full book review >
PLACES TO BE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Funny and gentle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two ungendered fox siblings—or perhaps friends—have all sorts of places to be. Read full book review >
TRIANGLE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Children will be intrigued by the fairy-tale quality of this narrative and may enjoy debating the motivations of its peculiar characters. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The pairing of Barnett's deceptively simple, tongue-in-cheek text with Klassen's iconic splattered and stenciled watercolor and digital illustrations in earth tones makes for a unique approach to exploring shapes. Read full book review >
NOISY NIGHT by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Story after story of silly surprises and sounds. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Apartment occupants crane their necks and wonder what's making all the ruckus, while readers, conveyed up from floor to floor, get a voyeuristic view inside each apartment and see exactly what's making all that noise. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC WORD by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Parents beware: there are a lot of 'magic' words kids will have to try out before getting to 'please,' and if you see a walrus, run! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Getting everything you want isn't all it's cracked up to be. Read full book review >
HOW THIS BOOK WAS MADE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Too funny for its own good. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A book tells the story of how it was made. Read full book review >
RULES OF THE HOUSE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Readers will (probably) agree that even the most irritating siblings don't deserve to be cooked and eaten. As a rule. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Rules are meant to be followed, but when monsters threaten to eat your sister, a little transgression might be in order. Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO GET WORSE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"This revenger's comedy, dotted with references to classic plays and philosophical concepts, will be a joy for pranksters and seekers of a good-hearted laugh. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When pranking perfection meets the seemingly unprankable foe, who gets the last laugh? Read full book review >
LEO by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Dazzling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Leo, like any child, hopes for acceptance, but it's hard to find friendship when one is a ghost. Read full book review >
THE SKUNK by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Peculiar, perplexing, and persistent—training wheels for Samuel Beckett. (Picture book. 6-10)"
When is a skunk not a skunk? When it's a…skunk. Read full book review >
THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fluffy, fast, fun reading for fans of Clueless McGee and the Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Miles used to live near the sea. Miles had friends. Miles was his school's greatest prankster...how will he survive a move to Yawnee Valley? Read full book review >
SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Poor Sam and Dave. Lucky readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Sam and Dave dig a hole, readers get "something spectacular." Read full book review >
TELEPHONE by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jen Corace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Silly fun! (Pass it on.) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Barnett and Corace set up an absurdist version of the old "pass it on" game of Telephone, siting it quite literally—along a line of birds on a wire. Read full book review >
PRESIDENT TAFT IS STUCK IN THE BATH by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2014

"The soapiest, splashiest frolic featuring a head of state since Audrey and Don Wood's King Bidgood's in the Bathtub (1985). (Picture book. 6-9)"
Barnett spins a probably apocryphal but nonetheless hilarious incident into a Cabinet-level crisis. Read full book review >
BATTLE BUNNY by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An enthusiastically taboo, devil-may-care outing for combat fans—and a great writing inspiration to use on old books headed for the bin. (Picture book. 5-10)"
What if a creative, military-obsessed kid took a pencil and went to town on a boring old book? Read full book review >
COUNT THE MONKEYS by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"More fun than a barrel of…well, you know. (Picture book. 3-6)"
How does one count the monkeys if there are no monkeys left to count? A philosophical question of the ages (and storytime). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Wonderfully ridiculous in premise and execution and abounding in creative touches, this will surely spark student spinoffs. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Having recovered from the world-destroying science project she created in the first Oh No! (2010), Barnett's overachiever has a new dilemma: Her history test is returned with one point off for an incorrect answer. Read full book review >
CHLOE AND THE LION by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"Clever and funny, though it's possible that only a niche audience will want repeat readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This meta-picture book offers plenty of sly giggles (and knows it). Read full book review >
EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"A quiet story of sharing with no strings attached. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl in a town of white snow and soot-blackened chimneys opens a small box and discovers a never-ending gift of colorful yarn. Read full book review >
MUSTACHE! by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The king can't beat them, so he joins them, clueless until the end, and kids will giggle all the way. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Barnett delivers a sweet slap to vanity. Read full book review >
IT HAPPENED ON A TRAIN by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Mention of the next adventure at mystery's close will make Brixton fans smile. (Humorous mystery. 10-14)"
The Brixton Brothers Detective Agency is no more. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTWRITER SECRET by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Shot through with moments of goofiness and dotted with Rex's black-and-white illustrations, this is sure to please existing fans and win new ones. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Partially thanks to his solving The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (2009), 12-year-old Steve Brixton has been able to start his own detective agency. Read full book review >
OH NO! by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2010

"A must-have. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Santat's brilliantly hued digital illustrations are the perfect foil for Barnett's almost-wordless tale of a science project gone awry. Read full book review >
THE CLOCK WITHOUT A FACE by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2010

"Good luck. (Novelty. 10-15, adult)"
Hours of fun for sharp-eyed puzzle fans. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Pray for sequels. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Steve Brixton loves all 58 mysteries featuring the intrepid, smart and sporty Bailey Brothers, but his favorite book is The Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook because Steve would like to be a detective when he grows up (or so he thinks). Read full book review >
GUESS AGAIN! by Mac Barnett
by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"In all, it's a refreshing (albeit slight) spoof for jaded young readers who have aced easy Q&A books; some may find it too cool for the room. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A series of rollicking riddles with unexpected answers. Read full book review >
BILLY TWITTERS AND HIS BLUE WHALE PROBLEM by Mac Barnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2009

"Definitely funny and slyly subversive. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Readers know what kind of place they are in when the endpapers include ads for giant-squid repellent and shrimp-of-the-month club and the author and illustrator snark at each other in the dedication. Read full book review >