The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other)

Book review by
Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Wacky, hilarious tale of feuding brother and sister.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Kids who know a bit about history will get a kick out of Claudia's wild comparisons of the sibling fray to assorted global conflicts and have fun tracking down some of the references. Bits of New York City local color will delight would-be visitors.

Positive Messages

Behind all the conflicts and one-upmanship, it's clear the siblings really are fond of each other.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Except for a school administrator who shows a bit of wisdom -- and becomes part of events that involve Claudia falling into one of her own traps -- all the adults here are benign, well-meaning, and hopeless, although the kids do get grounded and lose Internet privileges a lot. Despite having more imagination than sense (hey, they're 12), Reese and Claudia are typical sibs -- much too busy squabbling to notice they actually like each other.

Violence & Scariness

Claudia talks a lot about how she wants to kill Reese and Xander -- and not only in MegaWorld. She uses a lot of hilariously overblown imagery from real wars to illustrate the sibling conflict, including archival photos of explosions, trench warfare, and so on and comparisons to Hitler. She also loves to watch (fictitious) TV dramas she's not supposed to watch, such as Thrones of Death and Violent Housewives. Reese and his annoying pal Xander spend a lot of time in online death matches, and Claudia follows in search of revenge, so there's a lot of hacking, slashing, and killing of virtual opponents. One of the pranks involves a dead fish. Little actual harm befalls anyone.

Language

Much humor here involves butts, poop, farts, and the like.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other) is a hilarious tale of 12-year-olds Reese and Claudia, whose sibling conflict escalates to include pranks, revenge plots, one-upmanship, dead fish, gorgonzola, and online death matches. Author Geoff Rodkey, (The Chronicles of Egg), no stranger to formulaic hilarity, seems to have spent a lot of time hanging out with bickering middle schoolers and is in brilliant form as he crafts this story as Claudia's after-the-fact "oral history," complete with text messages and screen shots. There' s no strong language, but much of the humor involves butts, poop, and farts. This is the first book in a planned series.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 13 year old Written byBill M. January 16, 2017

The Funniest Book I've Ever Read!

My title pretty much sums it up. I've read many of the books on this list, but this was head-and-shoulders above the rest. There are three books in the Tap... Continue reading
Adult Written byJohnny Appleseed m8 August 20, 2018

Couldn’t even finish the book

Sure, there were some funny moments in the book, but other than that, I could barely even read it. Claudia is very easy to dislike as a character, for she’s, in... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHaileyPiwowar May 2, 2018

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i love this book so much. it is the best. i recomend it 4 everyone

What's the story?

It all starts at the breakfast table of the Tapper apartment on New York's Upper West Side. Twelve-year-old Reese thinks Claudia, his twin, ate the last toaster pastry. She says she didn't. Reese bides his time till they're all at lunch in the cafeteria of their posh private school and then blames Claudia for a major fart. She says it wasn't her, but that doesn't stop Reese's annoying soccer buddies and all the sixth-grade mean girls from dubbing her Princess Farts-a-Lot. Claudia -- sharp, snarky, and full of herself -- plots revenge. As told in Claudia's after-the-fact "oral history," with text messages, screen shots, online-gaming death matches, and a lot of editorial commentary, escalating mayhem ensues.

Is it any good?

It's all pretty hilarious. Since at least the dawn of the 20th-century sitcom, show business has mined a rich vein of humor involving smart kids running circles around clue-impaired adults. THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) follows enthusiastically in this tradition. There's little adult supervision in sight; their nanny is sweet but not the brightest, while their parents (seen mainly in text messages) are completely out of their depth. Wily Claudia in particular deceives and manipulates anyone who gets in her way.

Author Geoff Rodkey is firing on all cylinders as Claudia tells the story in emails, text messages, margin scribbles, cartoon art, and after-the-fact interviews with the people involved. There are plenty of zingers too, such as this bit about Reese's obnoxious pal: "Xander is ACTUALLY RELATED to somebody who was on the Mayflower. Which is why it's so completely ridiculous that he tries to talk like a rapper from the South Bronx."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how things go viral in social media. Do you know anyone who posted something for a joke and had it get completely out of hand?

  • Why do you think rich kids in New York want to talk like rappers? Do you think they sound cool or silly?

  • When you finish a book and there's a promotion at the end for the next book in the series, are you glad to know about it or mad that the publisher is including ads in your book?

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