The Two and Only Kelly Twins by Johanna Hurwitz, illustrated by Tuesday Mourning
Age Range: 6 – 9 years | Grade Level: 1 – 4 | Hardcover: 96 pages | Publisher: Candlewick (September 24, 2013)
About the Book
Johanna Hurwitz invites readers into the world of the funny, lovable Kelly twins, who are truly two of a kind.
Second-graders Arlene and Ilene Kelly are twins — identical twins to be exact — and they love being a pair. They love to dress alike, they have identical pet ferrets, and they do everything together. But being a twin is not always easy. When a set of triplets comes to school, Arlene and Ilene wonder whether triplets are more special than twins. At Halloween, on different streets in identical witch costumes, some neighbors think that the girls are one person trying to get extra candy. And when Arlene gets sick and has to visit the hospital, the twins each find out what it’s like to be one instead of two. But whether they’re together or apart, Arlene and Ilene know they’re lucky to have each other.
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Our Thoughts on The Two and Only Kelly Twins
Miss K (8-year-old)
I loved this book! I loved this book because the sisters are kind of funny. They fight sometimes because they both like the color blue, but one sister said it first and one sister said it loudest.
I thought it was funny. One of the ferrets bit Arlene on the finger so I thought that was a bad ferret. I thought it was a good book because they were twins and nobody could tell them apart.
My favorite part of the book was when Arlene had to go to the hospital and Ilene had to stay home. She didn’t like being alone, without her sister. It’s my favorite part because there’s a lot of stuff going on and it’s another difference for them. If they got x-rays, you could see that Arlene had her appendix out, so you could tell them apart.
I think kids that are twins and probably kids that are identical twins would like this book.
Miss A (6-year-old):
I loved the book but I asked my mom a lot of questions because I didn’t know what an appendix is. I thought it was a funny name for a body part. I loved the ferrets because they were identical like the twins. The book was a lot of fun. I loved the ferrets. It was a surprise for the twins. The twins loved them too.
I thought that they might get another pet. Maybe the pet will be a parrot, or maybe a turtle or maybe a fish. The book was the best one I’ve ever read yet. It was so good!
This is a super cute chapter book about a pair of identical twins. They have several unrelated events happen in this book, like getting pets, meeting triplets, and becoming “un-identical” in an invisible way.
I requested this book because my six-year-old daughter has started reading chapter books and she loves anything super cute. Tuesday Mourning’s illustrations are nothing if not super cute, and the story was perfect for a growing reader. We read the book together and now she’s excited to start on the next book.
Verdict: A cute chapter book with age-appropriate vocabulary for kids ages 6-9. Perfect for kids that are ready to move up from easy readers.
Source: I received a copy of this book from Blue Slip Media.
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