Double or Nothing with the Two and Only Kelly Twins by Johanna Hurwitz, illustrated by Tuesday Mourning
Age Range: 6 – 9 years | Grade Level: 1 – 4 | Hardcover: 80 pages | Publisher: Candlewick (April 25, 2017)
About the Book
What’s the same about identical twins — and what’s different? Sleepovers, poetry projects, and new haircuts are in play as seven-year-old Arlene and Ilene start coming into their own.
Arlene and Ilene love so many things about being identical twins. They like sharing a room, sharing friends, and wearing matching outfits. But they’re in different classes at school, and one twin has a scar that the other one doesn’t. One morning, their friends Monty and Joey point out a new difference that takes the sisters by surprise and gets them thinking: if they are identical twins, why are there differences between them at all? Their tongues must be the same, so why do they like different kinds of ice cream? Why does Arlene wear pink nail polish while Ilene thinks it’s silly? Why is Ilene sleeping soundly when Arlene is awake, wondering how she can be sure that she is Arlene, not Ilene? Revisit the funny, lovable characters from The Two and Only Kelly Twins and take a peek at the wonders — and puzzles — of being an identical twin.
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The Kids’ Thoughts on Double or Nothing
Miss A (6-year-old):
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! It was a surprise for the twins that they didn’t sleep in the same house. They did different things.
I thought the sleepover was crazy because the four girls weren’t all in the same house. Two were in one house and the others were in the other house.
The part where they got head lice was funny. I think they had a fun time when they went to school and their teacher talked about head lice to the class. I think they liked their new pixie hair cuts A LOT. I think they looked good in the pixie hair cuts.
I thought if they had lice then maybe the rest of the students in the class would get the head lice too. And they did. Even the teacher got head lice.
Miss K (8-year-old):
So, they wanted to have a sleepover. The Best girls came over. They said that Ilene should go over to the Best house and Arlene should stay at her house. But the Kelly twins thought they were all going to stay in their house, so there was a lot of confusion. Finally, they decided that Ilene should go to the Best house and Arlene should stay home with one of the Best sisters.
I thought it was kind of crazy because I had head lice once too. I did not like head lice. Yuck. Bugs on your head.
I think their haircuts probably looked good. I think it was good that they cut their hair so they could find the lice easier. If I got lice again I would probably want to cut my hair too.
I liked the book. I hope there is a third Kelly Twins book because I want to read it. I hope that the twins actually do their idea to be different from each other.
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: We received a copy of this book from Blue Slip Media.
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