Twice As Nice (Hardcover)

What It's Like To Be a Twin

By Nicole Rubel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374318369, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 23, 2004

List Price: 16.50*
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Double the fun

Fraternal twins Bonnie and Ronnie take readers on a whirlwind tour of twinship, interspersing informative segments on everything from "Where Do Twins Come From?" to "What Are the Odds?" with amusing sections of twin riddles, advice to twins, twin interviews, and snappy answers to dumb twin questions ("Wow, am I seeing double?" "Yes, maybe you should get your eyes checked"). Also included: a retelling of the story of two of the most famous twins of all time, Jacob and Esau, and dozens of fascinating snippets about amazing twins from history and the present day, among them Castor and Pollus, Abby and Ann, and Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Drawing on her own experience and thorough research, Nicole Rubel has created a book that is brimming with details, eye-popping artwork, and extensive notes on interesting Web sites and reading material.

About the Author

Nicole Rubel, an identical twin, is the author of "No More Vegetables! "and the co-creator of the Rotten Ralph series of picture books and easy readers. She lives in Aurora, Oregon.

Praise For Twice As Nice: What It's Like To Be a Twin

"Rubel...combines her child-friendly illustrations, photographs, and engaging, witty text to focus on life as a twin. Twins will appreciate the emphasis on individuality. A must for multiples, the people in their lives, and anyone who wants to learn about this special bond."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"The layout is colorful and inviting, blending lighthearted cartoon illustrations with black-and-white and full-color photos. Dialogue balloons present additional factual tidbits as well as humorous one-liners." -- School Library Journal

"There's something for everyone in this sprightly book for twins. A pleasurable, playful way to learn about a subject that is always of interest." -- Booklist