From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Using fictional characters Bonnie and Ronnie as guides, Rubel presents a miscellany of facts and anecdotes about twins. Many subjects are given cursory coverage, including the difference between fraternal and identical siblings, twins around the world, and animal twins. Two spreads highlight famous duos ranging from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to Romulus and Remus. Scattered throughout are sections that reflect on what it feels like to be a twin, including interviews with sibling pairs, survival tips ("Cut loose from your twin and find your own activities and hobbies"), and advice for parents and friends ("Please don't compare us all the time!"). The layout is colorful and inviting, blending lighthearted cartoon illustrations with black-and-white and full-color photos. Dialogue balloons present additional factual tidbits as well as humorous one-liners. Use this browsable offering to supplement more cohesive titles, such as Elaine Scott's photo-essay, Twins!
(S & S, 1998).–Joy Fleishhacker
,School Library Journal
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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. There's something for everyone in this sprightly book about twins. Most of the information is directed at kids, but there's also advice for parents and other adults and children who come into contact with twins. Rubel connects a combination of pen-and-ink drawings and photographic collages to a wide-ranging text, which runs the gamut from nuggets of biology to anecdotes, jokes, and introductions to famous twins. As the book sympathetically notes, the best things about being a twin are also often the worst. Witty asides appear in balloon dialogue; comments from twins, some fictional (narrators Ronnie and Bonnie) and some real, are scattered throughout. Survival secrets for twins include the recommendation to make separate friends and spend time apart; parents are advised to take individual photographs. A pleasurable, playful way to learn about a subject that is always of interest. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved