Featured books by Mac Barnett

Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Adam Rex
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

When Billy Twitters refuses to change his slovenly habits, his parents bring in an immense blue whale which Billy must care for and transport everywhere. How he solves this problem makes a slightly surreal and slyly funny whale of a tale through understated humor in both text and illustration.

Chloe and the Lion

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Adam Rex
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

The author introduces himself as the author, the book's illustrator, and the main character, Chloe, as the book opens. The conflict between author and illustrator has a significant impact on Chloe's book adventure in this funny, sophisticated presentation. As the author and illustrator pop in and out, style of illustration and text is varied for maximum effect.

Count the Monkeys

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Kevin Cornell
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages. Full of fun reader interactions and keeps readers guessing until the very last page!

Extra Yarn

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Annabelle finds a box with colorful yarn from which she makes sweater for all, adding color and life to a dull landscape. The box is empty when stolen by a greedy man but is yarn-filled when it returns to Annabelle. Textured pictures and understated text on open pages tell an engaging yarn.

Leo: A Ghost Story

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When a new family moves into his home and Leo the Ghost'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. And that is when their adventures begin. (Goodreads)

Rules of the House

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Matt Myers
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Mystery

The narrator is a rule-follower; his sister Jenny is a rule breaker. When Jenny breaks a rule, her brother must break a few in order to save her from the unique and quite humorous monsters she released. The outrageous tale is told and illustrated with verve and wit.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

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.

Square

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

In this companion to Triangle, Square’s block is seen and greatly appreciated by Circle. Circle declares that Square is a genius, but is he? This second installment in Barnett’s trilogy is sure to amuse as well as confound.

Telephone

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Jen Corace
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

When Peter's mom asks other birds to tell him to come home for dinner, the message takes on each bird's special interest, from sports to firefighting. The variety of birds, all simply but effectively illustrated, sits on a telephone wire in this playful riff of a familiar game.

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (The Brixton Brothers #1)

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Adam Rex
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Mystery

It all starts here: The thrilling story of Steve Brixton's first case. Our hero has a national treasure to recover, a criminal mastermind to unmask, and a social studies report due Monday -- all while on the run from cops, thugs, and secret-agent librarians. (Goodreads)

The Skunk

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Patrick McDonnell
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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 ...

The Terrible Two

By: Mac Barnett, Jory John
Illustrated by: Kevin Cornell
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In his old school, everyone knew Miles Murphy as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles 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. (Goodreads)

Triangle

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Triangle — a triangular shape with big eyes and stick legs — decides to leave his triangular house to play a trick on square. But turnabout is fair play in this whimsical but sardonic tale. The illustrator’s signature style are textured, deceivingly simple, and placed on open pages.  

Proceeds from the sale of books purchased at Amazon.com help support the Reading Rockets project. Thank you!

"The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read." — Abraham Lincoln