Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wimpy Kid Alternative

A great new series has just come out for those kids that like novels in the diary format.  This one has the alternating voices of twins Claudia and Reese, so you really have something for both the boys and the girls in this book.

The author is an Emmy nominated screenwriter so he knows dialogue, and this one had me laughing out loud.  I am quite looking forward to the second installment!

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Title: The Tapper Twins Go to War

Author: Geoff Rodkey

Target: Grades 3-7

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Claudia and Reese are twins.  After Reese embarrasses Claudia at school in front of the whole class for allegedly swiping the last pop tart at breakfast, these two are officially at war with one another.  As their feud escalates, they detail how things got so bad with interviews and text messages that enumerate the lengths to which they will go to get back at each other.  Can they ever end this, and is their sibling bond worth it?

Why I love this book: 
Ok, this book was a whole lot of fun from the start, but when it got really good when the feud enters Meta World (think Mindcraft)  Your child will either completely side with Reece and the hours of battles and building that took place for him to establish dominance in the game, or they will empathize with Claudia as she tries to understand how the whole thing works.  I laughed out loud and as I read about them navigating the game from both sides and I could hear my actual children’s voices as they decried the injustices of it all.  Rodkey nails it!

Rodkey has written family comedies for Hollywood films, so he can write quick and snappy prose that keeps kids laughing and the story moving forward.  This book is one big prank war and the alternating voices keep the humor coming.

Who this book is for: 
The book is written as an oral history with pictures and photographs, so this is an easy sell for reluctant readers.  However, any kids who like funny books will enjoy this one.

Final thoughts: 
I loved the inclusion of the befuddled text messages of the parents.  I hope kids don’t actually realize how clueless we really are!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other)  A portion of each purchase goes to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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