Mischief and Problem Solving: Books For Kids

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

Baghead book
Written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From the author of Good Night, Monkey Boy, the hilarious tale of a haircut gone awry! One day Josh had a big, brown bag idea: to wear a paper bag over his head. He thought it was a good idea. His mother did not. Neither did his bus driver, his teacher, or his soccer coach. What could Josh possibly be hiding? A surprise ending will keep kids giggling–and from taking haircuts into their own hands!

How to Scare a Stegosaurus book
How to Scare a Stegosaurus
Written and illustrated by Will Dare
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Josh is dismayed to discover that crooked businessman Malachi Wilks is building a railroad straight through Trihorn settlement! With the sheriff out of town, it seems like nothing can stand in the way of Wilks' railroad and his pack of stegosaurus workers.With his friends, Josh organizes the most epic, dino-filled showdown at high noon that the Lost Plains ever saw!

Ice Cream Summer book
Ice Cream Summer
Written by Megan Atwood
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Lizzie and Sarah, neighbors and best friends, look forward to running the ice cream stand at Lizzie's family's New England orchard, but their plans go awry.

Drat That Fat Cat! book
Drat That Fat Cat!
Written and illustrated by Julia Patton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cornelius prefers life on the quiet side. He's orderly and neat and doesn't have time for any ruckus. But his meticulous life soon spins into utter chaos when a suspicious package appears on his doorstop and out pops a wild and crazy fat cat! This fat cat is stinky, mischievous, messy, and loud! With every new and not-so-fun adventure, Cornelius's patience begins to fray. Will the cat have enough convincing power to win over the heart of Cornelius, or will he need to look elsewhere for a forever home?

The Wobbly Waitress book
The Wobbly Waitress
Written and illustrated by Lisa Stickley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Pop in to the Zoo Café for a sandwich or two and meet the waitress, Mabel, and her friends. Mabel is one of the best waitresses you'll ever meet, but today there's a problem . . . Mabel has the hiccups! And suddenly, spaghetti and meatballs are flying and ice cream sundaes are tumbling everywhere, and the customers are not pleased! Will her friends find a way to cure Mabel's hiccups and save the day? Full of zest and humor, this rhyming book will have fans young and old laughing out loud.

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