• Linda Herron

Reviews for Twins, Mac & Madi Surprise Children's Books

A Very Different Twins Birthday!


Mac and Madi are twin sisters who look just the same. Same hair. Same smile. Same size. Even their friends get them mixed up sometimes. Every year Mac and Madi share the same birthday. Same cake. Same colors. Same clothes. But this year is going to be different. Mac and Madi have a plan. It's time to mix things up. It's time for a very different twins’ birthday! "Mac & Madi's Surprise" by author Linda Herron and illustrator Marie Delon celebrates twin similarities and differences. Perfect as a read-aloud or read-along story for children ages 3-6 years, this charmingly entertaining picture book has a loving and truthful message at its heart, making it an unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Mac & Madi's Surprise" is also available in a paperback edition (9781733321709, $9.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).



Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love how this book is about twins. I, as a teacher, have two sets of twins in my classroom and both don't look the same. One boy and girl and two girls. Sometimes their personalities do have the same characteristics, and it's fun to be working with twins and observing them. So, this book, being about twins, is something that I can relate to! The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. They are a bit pastel-like and I'm immediately a fan of Marie Delon, who illustrated this book. This book would be perfect to read in class since the book feels perfect to make predictions about how the story is going to unfold. The story has a great message behind it, how anyone should get the chance to be themselves and how being different can be fun too! Great to start conversations in class

David Ballard

A birthday party is coming up for two identical twins. Will the pair want to do the same things just like every other year, or will they want to start expressing their individuality? This book gives us a charming look at identical twins and how their similarities and differences are celebrated. The illustrations have a soft, cheeky charm and make the twins especially loveable. This is a nice easy read and guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of any parents who have twins and maybe even on those who don’t!

Kelly Messier

Beautifully written I loved this story, engaging while teaching differences are a wonderful thing. Illustrations are colorful and eye-catching. I Highly recommend it!


Families of Multiples

Twin Birthday planning is hard!

Mac & Madi’s Surprise: A Very Different Twins Birthday is a joy to read on many levels. Parents of twins will love reading it to their twins, and the twins will enjoy having it read to them. Linda Herron’s story is adorable, while the illustrations by Marie Delon are simply beautiful. Though it doesn’t truly matter if your family has multiples or singletons, all will love this book, it is important to have books about twins getting published. The world has a growing number of twins. So, it’s important that they have stories to read, or have read to them, that allows them to empathize with characters of the stories.

Twins, or greater numbers of multiples, are people like the rest of us. However, they experience some things differently than other children. They share clothes, which is different than hand-me-downs. Toys? Also shared. They share everything. Yes, siblings share too, but they get the benefit of having many things to themselves. They’re different ages, so they’re different developmentally. They share parents, true, but their parents don’t have to juggle them the same way as twins. When siblings are singletons, they’re not always in diapers at the same time or going to kindergarten for the first time with a brother or sister, and so on. Twins reach every stage together, at the same time. Herron shows both how twins are different than other kids, but also how they’re just like everyone else, all in one cute story.

For a twin, sharing is their norm. However, the one thing that I think, as a parent of twins, twins do notice is that they have to share their birthday party. Twins love each other, but they want their individuality as well. Seeing that come across in this book will let any twin out there identify with these characters and love them all the more.

As a parent of twins, I love this book. It’s real. “Twin birthday parties usually have 1 theme, 1 cake, 1 outfit.” I’ve been there. I’ve orchestrated that party. Like Mac & Madi’s parents, I’ve also tried to shake things up, as well. Not that I want to give away the “Surprise” completely, but twins deserve individuality. They deserve things that are their own. I often do 2 cakes, when that 1 theme allows for it. Beyond birthday parties, I also decorated my twins’ bedrooms completely different based on things each liked. Separate identities after all. (Then, they ended up staying in the same room anyway.) Reading Mac & Madi’s Birthday Surprise, you see the writer has been there and knows the constant juxtaposition twins go through where they want their own identity but also don’t want to be away from their “wombmate”.

This book shows that twin love so simply and perfectly. However, you take this book in, whether reading it or being in an audience, and having it read to you, you’ll love it.


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