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I always loved Mary-Kate and Ashley when I was growing up!! I used to think they were great, and always had the best movies (Passport To Paris, Switching Goals, Our Lips Are Sealed etc). I was such a big fan ; I bought all of their books and DVDs as well as a few other 'MK&A' things'. One of their 'things' that I loved was their book series, based on their television show 'Two Of A Kind' ; there are around forty books in the series, and I have most of them!!
One Twin Too Many, is based on their television programme 'Two Of A Kind' which is currently showing on Sky's 'Pop Girl' channel. One Twin Too Many , is the fourth book in the 'Two Of A Kind' book series. In fact I saw an episode of this show on the television the other day, and I reminded me of how much I loved this show. Two Of A Kind is about American twins Mary-Kate and Ashley, who play themselves in the show ; eleven year old twins, who live in Chicago. They live with their single-parent father ; their mother died when they were seven. Their father is a lecturer at the local university. Mary-Kate is the cool one, loves sport, hangs out with guys and is the total opposite of Ashley is very girlie, and loves boys and shopping.
In this book, Ashley has a huge crush on a guy called Pokey Valentine and is so jealous when Mary-Kate gets paired up with him to do a school project. Will Mary-Kate put her work before her twin ? Or will they come up a plan so that everyone is happy? Read One Twin Too Many to find out!
This is a typical Mary-Kate and Ashley scenario - boy-mad Ashley likes a guy, and Mary-Kate ends up being the one 'getting to know him', although it's always by 'accident', and not intentional.
I really like the characters of Mary-Kate and Ashley as I think that they are so sweet, and real. You feel line one of their best friends. I think a lot of girls will be able to relate to the two characters as they 'come across' as so nice, and readers will be able to relate to them because they will be the same age as the twins are in the book, and be interested in the same things, such as shopping and boys. Although I like the twins characters, I was kinda hoping that what would happen wouldn't happen (trying hard not to give the story away here!!), I was kind of like 'oh Ashley!!!!' , as she always has to get her own way!!
These books are perfect for young readers - between the ages of around nine and thirteen. They make a really enjoyable and fun read, and I think that they are great for 'getting young pre-teens reading'. Also, the books are quite 'cool' and so they should encourage pre-teens to read even more, without being embarressed about being a 'bookworm'. The style of writing is easy to read, and the book itself at just over one hundred pages long is not simple, yet not too difficult either which means it strikes a perfect balance.
These books are so addictive. I remember when I was younger, no soon had I finished one of these books, I was straight onto the next. I also like the fact that there is a television episode that goes with the 'earlier' books (the books are listed with a big number on the front cover, telling you which book goes in which order, although each book is individual and so doesn't 'carry on' from the previous one, which is good, because it means that you don't have to read them in the correct order. I think it's interesting to read them in the correct order though, because it is like 'growing up with the twins' ; you start off with them at the age of eleven, and then by the end of the books, they are around fourteen.
If you are looking for a great little read, then this book (as well as others in the series) are perfect! They would certainly make great stocking fillers for children this Christmas, and you can buy a copy of this book for as little as 1p from Amazon which I think is fantastic value - and you could buy the whole series for just a few pounds!
Thanks for reading!
November 8th 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
Book Series: Two of a Kind