Hey … Did Someone Just Steal My Coffee Mug?

h1 November 7th, 2013 by jules

“The various bad odors, smells, and aromas that occasionally befoul your home
are almost always the work of the Stinkers.”

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Hmm … Can’t find my mug. Could be a little household thief.

Last week at Kirkus, I chatted with William Joyce about his newest picture book, The Mischievians (Atheneum, October 2013). That is here, and today I’ve got a bit of art from the book.

Since this book is a catalog of everyday “things that make mischief, make mayhem, [and] make noise” (think: lost homework, missing keys, that kind of thing), Joyce has been inviting children on his recent book tour to create their own dastardly creatures of mayhem. He shared a few of those with me today (from Hunter’s Creek Elementary in Houston, Texas), and they are posted here as well. Here’s one, The Eye-Stealer. He—you guessed it—steals eyeballs (AIEE!), and he was discovered by a young scientist, named Blake. Keep your eyes peeled for The Eye-Stealer, I say.


Enjoy the rest. (There’s a bit more art from the book below, as well as three more child-created Mischievians.)

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“Humans never use all the toilet paper. Humans are very thoughtful.
It is the Endroller who unfurls toilet paper like there was no tomorrow!”

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“The Electronics-Stealer, who steals electronics, including Nintendo 3DS,”
discovered by young scientist Alex …

“The Eater, who eats everything,”
discovered by young scientist Austin …

“The Tree-Eater, who loves to eat trees,”
discovered by young scientist Jackson …

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THE MISCHIEVIANS. Copyright © 2013 by Moonbot Studios. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Moonbot Books, an imprint of Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Child drawings also used with permission.

2 comments to “Hey … Did Someone Just Steal My Coffee Mug?”

  1. Just wanted to let you know that a book like this already exists. It is in fact a Dutch picture book and it is hilarious. It is called “Slaapkamernachtdieren” (translated: Nocturnal Animals) by Loes Riphagen (2008). It is written as if it is a scientific book (with fake Latin names) about the Fauna at night.
    It includes 26 new species: from Ammehoela to Fungus Nasal. Do you wake up with tangles in your hair in the morning? Then there is an Ammehoela in your bedroom! Have you never heard of it? Read this book and find out which other bedroom nocturnals live in your house, from A to Z. Meet: Puff Pastries make noises that sound like the horn of a car, but then very gently. They are about five centimeters. Ginnegappers you can find almost anywhere. They love dancing and stamping, preferably under cabinets and beds. While dancing the Ginnegapper often loses hair, causing dust. Therefore you see that it often lies beneath cabinets and beds. At night he comes out of hiding and he goes looking for a head of hair. He pulls out, so the hair is longer and grows. Sometimes he just pulls a little too hard and you’ll find a hair on your pillow.

  2. I think Mischievians live in my library. That would explain a lot.

    Also, I LOVE the Eye-Stealer.

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