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Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other's Backs

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Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other's Backs

Written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Maple Lam

You love them. You hate them. But you’re stuck with them because they’re your siblings. Finally a book that we can all relate to --- FRENEMIES IN THE FAMILY: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other’s Backs.

This book covers everyone from historical figures to pop culture icons. Such notables like the Wright Brothers to Serena and Venus dot the book with fascinating tidbits on how they reached notoriety with a little insider help. Oftentimes we are only aware of the celebrity and don’t give their siblings a second thought, which is why this book is so interesting.

"FRENEMIES IN THE FAMILY...is a terrific book because it looks at celebrities through their closest relationships, which makes the famous people seem more like you and me."

It was surprising that many siblings provided the support behind a famous person’s success because one would think that jealousy would cause a rift. Vincent Van Gogh’s brother, Theo, was a solid rock for Vincent. Theo believed in Vincent’s talent, assisted him financially, purchased art supplies and helped him emotionally. Walt Disney’s older brother, Roy, protected him from their strict dad. Roy encouraged Walt’s artist dreams and visions. Also he worked with Walt, so that he could make sure that nothing would hurt Walt or his business. He took on the financial side of the business and left the creativity to Walt.

No two royal sibling relations are the same. Some sisters like Elizabeth and Bloody Mary were fierce rivals. Mary even imprisoned Elizabeth for treason and sent her off to the Tower of London for some time. While other royals like William and Harry became close in response to feeling like they were always under the public microscope.

Readers will gain valuable insight on family relations. The Chang and Eng Bunker (conjoined twins) were the ultimate example of cooperation (just imagine having to use the bathroom, roll over in bed or trying to balance marriage and children with your brother literally beside you the whole time). The Wright brothers showed the reader the importance of motivating one another. Stephen Colbert’s mom felt that fights should end in hugs and kisses. Serena and Venus Williams trail blazed the way for power tennis and encouraged African Americans to play tennis.

FRENEMIES IN THE FAMILY: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other’s Backs is a terrific book because it looks at celebrities through their closest relationships, which makes the famous people seem more like you and me.

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on March 26, 2018

Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other's Backs
Written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Maple Lam