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Twice As Nice: What It's Like To Be a Twin Hardcover – September 23, 2004
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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 Cooper
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Top customer reviews
Rubin answers scientifically-oriented questions as "Where Do Twins Come From?" and "What are the Odds" clearly and factually. However, she also presents many entertaining anecdotes and stories about twins, often of the "Gee whiz" variety: The twins separated at birth who discover astounding similarites when they meet years later, the 3,000 sets of twins (there's a photo of them) who meet annually in Twinsburg, Ohio, and famous twins such as Abigail Van BUren and Ann Landers, bad guys Reggie and ROnnie Kray, Robin and Maurice Gibb, and Mary-Kate and Ashley (too famous to need a last name).
Aside from the humor (e.g., two pages of riddles such as: Q. "What do you do if twin tigers are running towards you?" A. "Run twice as fast!"). the most important sections deal with the advantages/disadvantages of twindom, and how to deal with these, either as a twin, or as an adult caregiver. Through interviews with young twins, humorous examples, and straight-on tips, we learn that while twins MAY have a special bond, others' silly questions and expectations can be a real burden too. Kids are offered some snappy comebacks ("What's it like being a twin?" "I don't know. What's it like not being a twin), and twins (and their parents/guardians/teachers) are encouraged throughout to celebrate the special bond, but develop their individuality as well. A one-page acknowledgements page contains books and a few websites (e.g., twinsmagazine.com) for further exploration.
Rubin, creator of the "Rotten Ralph" series as well as many other superb books, gives us an intriguing, light, but informative book that explores the relatively rare (no pun intended) phenomenon of twinhood, while understanding and respecting the experience.