Thursday, November 17, 2016

SERIES THURSDAY: Meet the Bobs and Tweets by Pepper Springfield, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell


...the Bobs, who are messy, and the Tweets, who are neat. How can these two strange families get along in the same neighborhood? And are all the Tweets really neat and all the Bobs slobs?

This is the first book in a brand-new series of full-color, illustrated high-interest rhyming stories that's just right for reluctant readers. It's Dr. Seuss meets Captain Underpants wrapped into one zany adventure. Get ready to read...and laugh!


The Bobs and Tweets are two families who are about as opposite as opposite can be.  The Bobs are very messy, except for the youngest who prefers to be neat and quiet.  The Tweets are neat and quiet, except for the youngest who likes to be messy and loud.  When the two families inadvertently move in next door to each other, chaos is to be expected.  The rhyming text works surprisingly well, although there were a few spots that were a bit weaker than others.  The fun part of the book is the full-color illustrations that show more clearly than words the differences between the two families.  The two families collide with a gigantic splash at the local pool when their habits lead to conflict.  But with the help of the local lifeguard and the open nature of the two youngest maybe peace can be found, at least temporarily.  The friendship that develops between the two youngest reminded me how those with differences can still be friends when they desire to do so.  A fun read for children learning to read and appreciate the rhythm of rhyme and the challenges of communicating with those who are different.

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