The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Templeton Twins #1)

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Templeton Twins #1)
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August 15, 2012
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Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let's say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins—adults—named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, I said kidnapped. Wouldn't it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so. Luckily for you, this is just the first in a series perfect for boys and girls who are smart, clever, and funny (just like the twins), and enjoy reading adventurous stories (who doesn't?!).

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This book was absolutely delightful - a must read for all fans of a good middle grade. The Templeton Twins Have an Idea is quirky and fun in a uniquely formatted book.

Jeremony Holmes's illustration and way The Templeton Twins Have an Idea is set up makes it very accessible for all readers. The book is very fun to read and the format only enhances that. Each chapter ends with silly questions which really made me engage with the book even more.

The characters are oh so quirky - they all bring something different to the story. Abigail has her unique puzzles, while John has his drums. The book has a Narrator telling the story who is absolutely charming. Much of the time, the Narrator is fishing for compliments or dropping a hint about how great he was, which was pretty fun.

Reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Templeton Twins Have an Idea is a book that will charm the socks off you. I can think of no other way to describe it but clever. I cannot wait for the follow up novel, The Templeton Twins Make a Scene, which is due on in September.
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