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The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other)

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Wacky, hilarious tale of feuding brother and sister.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

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 my opinion, a self-centered, selfish, ignorant brat. What kind of main character is that? And the reason she hates her brother is because of ONE LITTLE PRANK which anyone would’ve gotten over, especially if it was by their own sibling. I don’t even know or care if she gets some sort of character development, nor if the brother really is just as bad as she seems to try to make him, because in most cases, I was rooting for the brother and not the main character, Claudia. Either way, the main characters are just a pain, and they really annoyed me during the parts I was able to read about. So whether it’s just me who finds this extremely annoying or others think this as well, if you want to read it go ahead. But honestly, this is my outlook on this book, you guys can be your own judges.
age 9+

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 Tapper Twins series as of this writing, and I've laughed out loud while reading each one. My thirteen-year-old son also loves them and reads them over and over. Aside from the outrageous humor, one poignant aspect of these books is the depiction of parents so overwhelmed by their jobs that they hardly spend any time at all with their kids. Sadly, I think this is an accurate portrayal of American culture today. They've pretty much left the raising of their children to schools, babysitters, and popular culture. So, there's an undercurrent of that sobering aspect to the series that provides a great point of discussion between parents and kids. Otherwise, there's nothing offensive about the book--just good, clean fun that can be enjoyed by parents as much as by kids.

Is It Any Good?

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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."

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