Some book series transcend the test of time and have another life. The same thing is happening with the Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal. Now known as the Sweet Valley Twins, the series still follows our favorite Wakefield twins but for a middle-grade audience.
I don’t know about you, but I loved and adored the Sweet Valley books. There was something so addictive about the series. Watching what Jessica and Elizabeth would get into was so entertaining.
Of course, the Sweet Valley Twins series has a much different vibe. Now reintroduced as graphic novels, these follow Jessica and Elizabeth as they’re navigating school, friends, boys, and even, dance class. The most recent addition to the series is Teacher’s Pet which is written by Francine Pascal, adapted by Nicole Andelfinger, and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre.
Whether you’re shopping for a young reader, are a teacher, or just want a taste of nostalgia, Teacher’s Pet from the Sweet Valley Twins series will give you just that.
Sweet Valley Twins: Teacher’s Pet is a fun glimpse of the Wakefield twins.
As I said, I was a fan of the Sweet Valley High books back when they were being published so I was excited to get a chance to read this early. Teacher’s Pet follows Elizabeth and Jessica who are both enrolled in dance class. Despite Elizabeth getting praise, Jessica knows she’s the best dancer and she won’t let it go.
Of course, tensions start to bubble between the twins especially after Elizabeth gets the role Jessica has been working hard for. As with most Sweet Valley books, there is that undeniable tension between these two that never seems to go away. It doesn’t end badly though as we see Elizabeth make a tough choice in the end which makes sense for her character.
While I did enjoy the story, I feel like I couldn’t stop reading because these were just so much fun and so beautifully illustrated. Even though the characters are aged down, it was clear which one was Jessica and which one was Elizabeth. The two had such distinct personalities and I loved seeing it play out on the page.
Even though I’m out of the intended market for the Sweet Valley Twins books, I loved this one. I didn’t absolutely love the first but Teacher’s Pet is an improvement. I honestly can’t wait to see which book gets adapted next and to see the Wakefield twins be the iconic characters they are.
All I can say is that I hope the Wakefield twins live on and are introduced to another generation who can’t help but want to read their stories. There is something so fun about seeing old favorites being rebranded. That’s why I was so excited to be able to talk about the Sweet Valley Twins graphic novels.
Sweet Valley Twins: Teacher’s Pet is out now wherever books are sold.