This observant and humorous story is the first book in a series that refreshingly promises to appeal to both boys and girls…. The text moves quickly and effortlessly, and the kid-centered scenarios will resonate with middle-graders…. Consider this for a refreshing classroom readaloud, for mixed-gender book groups, or for encouraging more friendships that cross the middle-grade gender divide.

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Sidney Fletcher and Sydney Greene are both dreading the first day of school, and their days get off to bad starts when they realize someone else in class shares their name. Eventually, after some false starts, they are able to look past this abominable coincidence and become friends. Jakubowski’s new Sidney and Sydney series starts strong here. It has the feel of real kids’ lives: playing video games, working on art projects, and having urban adventures. Just the right length for the audience, the story is accented by edgy, hilarious illustrations that features a cast of diverse characters. New fans will await the next book.

Bethany Fort, Booklist Online


The plot is well defined, and the humor is definitely contemporary. The full-color illustrations give clarity to the characters. A good addition to early chapter book sections.

School Library Journal


…readers should appreciate the book’s contemporary tone and humor.

Publishers Weekly

The brightly-colored illustrations add to the humor of the text and enhance the young reader’s engagement with the book. . . .this chapter book will appeal to young boys and girls and is a great first-week-of-school read.

Children’s Literature Comprehensive

The two titles in this series will surely draw in young readers. Each title includes “Poppy’s New Words” and “Poppy’s Ponders,” where readers have a chance to think more about the story, in addition to activities, recipes, and games

School Library Journal

The characters are strong and unique, which is usually not seen in many adult novels nowadays. In fact, when I compared them to the characters of most of the books I have reviewed, I felt like they had much more depth and strength to stand up for their beliefs, even though they are just in third grade. Even the supporting characters are interesting and have lovable personalities.

Carnival Blog

 The writing is quite good for this type of easy reader and it manages to get quite a bit of story in around the lesson and some little jokes. Parents and teachers will eat up the themed/lesson aspect and the pink aspect will attract a lot of little girls to read this series.

Jean Little Library Blog

…will appeal to both boys and girls. Young readers will find the story enjoyable and entertaining. As a series, young readers will look forward to the adventures these two have and look forward to each new book.

Novel Nutritious Blog


A wonderful debut series by this author.

My Book Addiction Blog


I loved the chapter titles like Weirder Things Have Happened and The Cafeteria Is the Scariest

Place on Earth. They set the young reader up for the chapter. Getting my kids to read longer books has been a challenge and I think the fun titles and pictures really add to the story!

Maria’s Space Blog


The messages are very positive: Sidney and Sydney are very different children who find common ground and become friends despite a rocky start.

On My Bookshelf Blog