Written by Jason Carter Eaton
Illustrated by Mark Fearing
If you don’t clean your room, there’s a good chance you will get some kind of infestation but what if that infestation involves barbarians? Seems pretty extreme, huh? And what do you have to do to get rid of them?
The main character in this raucously fun book is not bothered by the ants or flies or mice his sloppiness bring, but when Vlad the Barbarian shows up, it’s a different story. Vlad brings with him Törr and a bunch of other guys in horned helmets. And they eat all the cheese curls. They snore and belch and snarl, too. They use Mom’s makeup for war paint. The only answer is to take away their fun. Be careful not to cause any more havoc. Something else may show up.
The expressions of the rest of the family, including the cat, are priceless, as are the details of the mess the boy and his barbarians create.
Second graders may be able to read this independently, though much younger kids will get a kick out the humor.