Meet the Bobs and Tweets

illus. by Kristy Caldwell. 80p. (Bobs and Tweets: Bk. 1). Scholastic. Jul. 2016. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780545870726; ebk. $9.99. ISBN 9780545949330.
Gr 1–4—Out of seven Bobs, six are slobs, and out of seven Tweets, six are neat. A deceptive realtor has both families believing they are moving into a neighborhood of like-minded people. But when the Bobs run their jet ski through the community pool while the Tweets practice their laps, lifeguard Mark intervenes and divides the pool in half with a rope: the left side for slobs and the right side for neats. The seventh member of each family, Tidy Dean Bob and Sloppy Lou Tweet, become friends as they discuss their differences. Rhyming text may entertain and provide syntactic cues for some newly independent readers, though the rhymes often seem contrived. Lively, full-color, full-page illustrations provide and extend many details of the text. Though the design is colorful and appealing, the story is ultimately forgettable.
VERDICT A secondary purchase for larger chapter book collections.

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