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I used to be a massive fan of Mary-Kate and Ashley between the ages of ten and thirteen! I thought that they were so cool, and had all of their DVDs and books. The other day, I found a box of my old Mary-Kate and Ashley things, and so decided to review them ; the first, one of their books.
To Snoop Or Not To Snoop is based on their television programme 'Two Of A Kind' which is currently showing on Sky's 'Pop Girl' channel. Too Snoop Or Not To Snoop, is the fifth 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 Mary-Kate and Ashley's father buys the twins a telescope, which they use to 'snoop' on the neighbours. What will happen when what starts as a bit of fun turns into something which is not so fun anymore ? Read To Snoop Or Not To Snoop to find out!
This book is quite funny, especially when Mary-Kate and Ashley get the wrong idea about something!! I thought that the part where their old neighbour 'Mrs Baker' babysits them!! This book is slightly different to their other books as it has a different kind of plot, by that I mean; none of the usual; Ashley likes a guy, Mary-Kate is friends with the guy, Ashley wants to swap with Mary-Kate, so in that way it's different!
I think that this book sends out a good message to children; that it is wrong to 'snoop' on people, especially through their windows. Also, it shows children how things which seem like fun, can get you into big trouble, which should encourage them to 'learn from the twins' mistakes in the book.
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 55p 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