Mischief and Animals: Chapter Books For Kids

This list of the best chapter books about mischief is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life!

Fables You Shouldn't Pay Any Attention To book
#1
Fables You Shouldn't Pay Any Attention To
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

In this new edition of the classic companion to Tales for the Perfect Child, Sergio Ruzzier lends his signature humor to Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Worth Van Clief’s delectably subversive fables. Genevieve is careless. Muriel is discontented. Phoebe is always putting off until tomorrow what she should be doing today. And Chester is the laziest turkey you ever heard of. Caleb and Conrad, on the other hand, are polite and kind and thoughtful and gracious and truthful. But some good that does them! If the morals you find in these pages aren’t exactly, well, moral…just don’t pay any attention to them!

Tales for the Perfect Child book
#2
Tales for the Perfect Child
Written by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Sergio Ruzzier brings his mischievous touch to a timeless favorite by Florence Parry Heide, beloved author of The Shrinking of Treehorn. This delightful new edition includes one never-before-published story. Ruby is reliable (kinda). Arthur is careful (sorta). Harry eats his carrots (though it depends on what you mean by “eat”). And just like all perfect children, Gloria helps her mother (well, that might be an exaggeration). As the eight deliciously wicked tales featured in this hilarious chapter book prove, it’s perfectly nice to be a perfect child—but where’s the fun in that?

Our Principal Is a Frog! book
#3
Our Principal Is a Frog!
Written by Stephanie Calmenson and illustrated by Aaron Blecha
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A uniquely green principal named Mr. Bundy runs PS 88 in this funny fairy tale take-off that launches Aladdin QUIX, a new line of fun-to-read short chapter books that are perfect for emerging readers!

When Marty Q. Marvel the magician accidentally turns Mr. Bundy into a frog, the students of PS 88 don’t know what to do. It’s not always easy having a slimy, green-skinned amphibian for a principal, especially when Mr. Bundy starts playing leapfrog in the gym, swimming in the kindergarten sink, and eating the students’ bug collections! Will Mr. Bundy ever be his old self again?

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