Thomas and Cooper are twin brothers. They are seven years old and look exactly the same. Both boys have blond hair that sticks up in crazy tufts. And both have freckles on their nose and cheeks, but Thomas thinks he has more than Cooper.
The twins love playing sport. They have posters all over their bedroom of their favourite stars.
Most of Cooper’s posters are of soccer players. Thomas likes tennis best.
All their friends call them Tommy and Coop. The twins only hear their full names when they’re in trouble. This happens a lot because they love playing pranks!
‘Double Trouble: Prank Alert ’ introduces Tommy and Coop, a pair of prank-loving seven year-old twins. They love sport and skateboarding and school, but most of all they love playing pranks on their family and friends. This often gets them into trouble but this doesn’t seem to slow them down much at all. In Prank Alert the boys begin with an ‘alarming’ prank before school and bounce their way through their school day. In Midnight Mischief , the boys create mayhem at their first school camp. In Skateboard Stars the boys cook up a plan to win a skateboard competition and in Dinosaur Danger the pair find ways to play pranks while on excursion. Text is large and chapters are short with black and white illustrations throughout.
‘Double Trouble’ is a new series of short chapter books for newly independent readers, particularly boys. Tommy and Coop are young and exuberant and very keen on playing pranks. Think Dennis the Menace times two! Young readers will love the humour and the pranks and parents and teachers will be pleased that Joking Jo’s is a fictional toy shop and that readers will not be heading off to replicate the pranks in the stories. There are consequences for this rascally pair, but their spirits are seldom dampened and their imaginations are seldom inactive for long. ‘Double Trouble’ is sure to be a favourite with readers graduating to their first chapter books.
Double Trouble: Prank Alert t, Fiona Regan Scholastic Australia 2014 ISBN: 9781742838564
Double Trouble: Midnight Mischief , Fiona Regan Scholastic Australia 2014 ISBN: 9781743623770
Double Trouble: Skateboard Stars, Felicity Carter Scholastic Australia 2014 ISBN: 9781742838571
Double Trouble: Dinosaur Danger, Sarah Fraser Scholastic Australia 2014 ISBN: 9781743623763
review by Claire Saxby, Children’s author and bookseller www.clairesaxby.com