Hello Twins

Hello Twins

by Charlotte Voake
     
 

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"Voake’s sibling homage reminds us that family harmony can happen even when the children sing separate songs." — THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Charlotte and Simon are twins, but they couldn’t be more different. Charlotte likes to build things, and Simon likes to knock things down. Simon likes to draw shapes over and over, and

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"Voake’s sibling homage reminds us that family harmony can happen even when the children sing separate songs." — THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Charlotte and Simon are twins, but they couldn’t be more different. Charlotte likes to build things, and Simon likes to knock things down. Simon likes to draw shapes over and over, and Charlotte likes to copy the numbers on the clock. And they don’t even look much alike! But whether upside down or right side up, these two like each other just the way they are. Here is an acclaimed tale about twins that doubles as an ode to individuality — and a celebration of sibling bonds.

Editorial Reviews

Treat your young sports fan to obscure anecdotes that both entertain and amaze. With a first-aid hot-water bottle for a nose and ticket stubs under his football eyes, Joe Namath's 3-D portrait waggishly alludes to his numerous injuries on the field and his nickname "Broadway Joe." Twenty-two other sports stars rate similarly inspired caricatures in this noteworthy follow-up to the acclaimed What Presidents Are Made Of. (ages 6 to 10)
The June/July 2006 issue of Child magazine
Children's Literature
This brother and sister are twins, but they like different things. Simon loves food but Charlotte seems to be a picky eater. Simon draws things over and over while Charlotte precisely writes down the numbers that she sees on the clock face. A few things are a bit stereotypical, with Charlotte gently pushing a toy carriage and Simon pushing that same carriage so hard that the toys fly out everywhere. No matter what, these two are glad they are twins. Voake's illustrations consist of broad black strokes and some splashes of watercolor on rich creamy papers. The minimalist style works and the emotions and actions of these twins are never in doubt. As we see increases in multiple births and twins in particular, books like this one will find a receptive audience. 2006, Candlewick Press, Ages 1 to 4.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In this autobiographical story, readers meet two siblings who are nothing alike. Simon loves to eat and always cleans his plate, but Charlotte would rather suck her thumb and daydream. Even when the twins share a common interest, they take their own approach. Both love books-Simon looks at the pictures, while Charlotte enjoys enhancing the pages with a few pictures of her own. When they take their toys for a stroll, Charlotte pushes the baby carriage gently, but Simon propels it forward with a jolt, ejecting a doll and stuffed animal. Despite their differences, however, they "like each other just the way they are." The lithesome watercolor-and-ink illustrations are amusing and consistently expand the simple text. The twins and the objects they play with are drawn with thick lines embellished with splashes of vivid paint, and the large images fill the pages. The heavy cream-colored paper makes a cozy backdrop for the action, and the book's clean design keeps attention focused on the endearing characters and their relationship. A charming addition to the oeuvre of twin tales that focuses on individuality as well as unity.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Move over Dick and Jane: "Here are the twins / This is Charlotte. / This is Simon. / They're not like each other at all." While Charlotte likes stacking blocks, Simon prefers making them fall, and though they both love books, Simon likes looking at the pictures, while Charlotte prefers to color in her own. The original playful, bordering on mischievous Charlotte and Simon are none other than author Voake and her twin brother, who often surprised people expecting them to be nearly identical. A photograph of the duo precedes the story, which shows young readers that twins' similarities often end with their appearance. It also serves as an excellent compare-and-contrast tool for children and their siblings (twins or not). The simple text, set in an oversized type, is complemented by illustrations outlined in bold strokes and filled in with soft, expressive watercolors, creating an enjoyable storytime experience. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763639228
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/08/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.58(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

CHARLOTTE VOAKE is the author-illustrator of GINGER, GINGER FINDS A HOME and PIZZA KITTENS. Of HELLO TWINS, she says, "This is about my brother and me when we were little. When they heard we were twins, everyone expected us to be very alike, but nothing could be further from the truth!" Charlotte Voake lives in Surrey, England.

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