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Mac Barnett

Biography

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of many books for children, including EXTRA YARN, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Picture Books; SAM & DAVE DIG A HOLE, also illustrated by Jon Klassen; and BATTLE BUNNY, written with Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Matthew Myers. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels. 

Mac Barnett

Books by Mac Barnett

Written by Mac Barnett and Jory John with illustrations by Kevin Cornell - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

School’s out, and Miles and Niles are running wild in the woods outside town: climbing trees, exploring caves and, yes, pranking. But these leafy, lazy days of mischief darken when bully Josh Barkin and his cadets from a nearby kids’ boot camp discover the merrymakers --- and vow to destroy them. Are our heroes’ sharp minds any match for these hooligans’ hard fists?

Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Elise Parsley - Children's 4-8, Picture

When Paxton C. Heymeyer’s babysitter tells him to say the magic word, she could never have imagined that what would happen next would be a walrus chasing her, an elephant in the living room playing cards, and a full water park and moat in the front yard. And that’s just the beginning…

Written by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Adam Rex - Careers, Children's 3-6, Reference, Teaching
You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger.
Written by Mac Barnett and Jory John with illustrations by Kevin Cornell - Children's 8-12, Humor

On their own, pranksters Miles and Niles were pretty devious. Now that they’ve formed a pranking duo, they’re terrible! But their powers will be tested when their favorite nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced by his stern and cunning father, Former Principal Barkin. Now Miles and Niles will do just about anything to get their old antagonist back --- including pranking alongside him.

by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson - Children's

You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can't even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. 

Written by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Patrick McDonnell - Adventure, Fiction

When a skunk first appears in the tuxedoed man's doorway, it's a strange but possibly harmless occurrence. But then the man finds the skunk following him, and the unlikely pair embark on an increasingly frantic chase through the city, from the streets to the opera house to the fairground. What does the skunk want? It's not clear--but soon the man has bought a new house in a new neighborhood to escape the little creature's attention, only to find himself missing something...

Written by Mac Barnett and Jory John with illustrations by Kevin Cornell. - Children's, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing: cows. In his old school, he was the best prankster, but Miles soon discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster. If he is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game. It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen.

written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen - Picture

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find ...nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary - and finding it in a manner you'd never expect.

written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jen Corace - Picture

A mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? 

by Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, and Matthew Myers - Fiction, Humor, Picture

Alex has been given a sappy, silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn’t interested --- until he decides to make the book something he’d actually like to read. So he takes out his pencil, and Birthday Bunny becomes Battle Bunny! The rabbit’s innocent journey through the forest morphs into a supersecret mission to unleash an evil plan --- a plan that only Alex can stop.

by Mac Barnett - Children's, Fiction

Every week, Chloe collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from --- “Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?).

Written by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen - Fiction, Picture

This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn. But it turns out it isn’t.