It's clear Drew and Jonathan Scott aren't adverse to a little friendly competition. After all, the duo's spent six seasons going head-to-head against each other in their HGTV show, Brother Vs. Brother. At this point, the twins have proven hundreds of episodes over that they know how to negotiate, buy, and renovate houses, but as the Property Brothers venture into new territory—they released their first children's book, , on October 2—it was time to put them to a whole new test: Who's the pro in the kids' realm?
Armed with Tinker Toys and roughly 10 minutes to work, Drew and Jonathan were challenged to build the coolest, most creative bookends possible. Check out the video above to see how they did (including which bookend met an early demise), then weigh in on who you think came up with the better design.
Both styles may need some work, both for stability's sake and so that they're flexible enough to contain an entire series of books. Jonathan and Drew have already written a sequel, and they plan on rolling out more over time.
In a sense, the books are autobiographical. Each one follows a real-life story of something that happened in the guys' lives, though they took some creative liberties with this first one.
"This is like our childhood, but the pretty, cuter version," Jonathan said.
"We wanted to make this double-decker doghouse, and then we end up making it too small," Drew added. "We turned it around and made it this fantastic birdhouse. That comes from, our neighbor's dog didn't have a doghouse, and at five years old, we took it upon ourselves to make the best doghouse."
In real life, the guys' dad helped them build most of the house, just because the dog was so big it needed a supersized house. This one didn't wind up as a birdhouse, though.
"Dad had the habit of building things 18 times heavier than they needed to be, so that thing could take anything—it was a bunker," Drew said. "We also had a child psychologist work on this with us, to make sure there were great lessons behind the book. It's about working together, and how you can have two great ideas."
This book's lesson, in particular, underscores what they've been taught time and again while working on Property Brothers.
"We were always thinking big, dreaming big—no project was too big for us to tackle, and that comes from how we were raised," Jonathan said. "Our parents actually said to us, 'If somebody says you can't do something, find five ways to do it.'"
True to form, the guys proved there's more than one way to build a bookend. And a career.
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