Synopses & Reviews
Know some twins, or expecting to? This twinspired collection pairs poems and pictures in a lighthearted salute to the many twins among us.
Old twins, new twins, famous twins, not-at-all-alike twins, side-byside twins, let's play twins, not-yet twins, mirror twins — all kinds of twins! — come together in a collection of original poems by two of our most celebrated authors for young people: J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen. From a wave and a wink to a twin switcheroo, from a rocket to the moon to the old woman who lived in a shoe, these poems and mini facts, whimsically illustrated by Sophie Blackall, will leave even singletons with a twinkle in their eyes. Here is the perfect book to share with the twins in your life — and everyone who loves them.
"This playful collection of twin-themed poems, a welcome addition to the bookshelf on the subject of twins, is as much for parents as for kids. Early poems focus on the time before birth: 'Wrestling in the family womb,/ You and sister linger,' reads one, as twins crouch in a 'waiting womb' (such puns abound). Other poems speak directly to Mom and Dad ('Imagine that! Your blessed event/ Could grow up to be president!'), and many address twins' close bond. Blackall's illustrations are mischievously perky, featuring kewpie doll like babies and conspiring older twins. This team doubles down on humor and empathy, adding a hint of subversion. Ages 4 up. Agents (for Lewis): Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown; (for Yolen): Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. Illustrator's agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
J. Patrick Lewis is the current Childrens Poet Laureate. A twin himself, he has written more than seventy childrens books, including Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses
. "Being a twin is the third best thing that has ever happened to me," he says, "after having wonderful children and grandchildren of my own and eating my moms apple dumplings." J. Patrick Lewis lives in Ohio.
Jane Yolen, not a twin herself — but with multiple sets in her family — has written or edited more than three hundred books, including the poetry collections Switching on the Moon, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, and Heres a Little Poem, illustrated by Polly Dunbar. She is also the author of the best-selling How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, illustrated by Mark Teague. Jane Yolen divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
Sophie Blackall has illustrated numerous books, including Deborah Noyess Red Butterfly; Rukhsana Khans Big Red Lollipop, a New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Book; and Annie Barrowss best-selling Ivy and Bean series. Sophie Blackall lives in Brooklyn.