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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 series kickoff takes a while to get going, and not just because it has three prologues and two Chapter Twos. Although 12-year-old twins Abigail and John Templeton headline the story, the most prominent character is the self-satisfied and aggressively intrusive Narrator, whose banter with readers instantly sets a comedic, sarcastic tone ('If you are so terribly, terribly smart, why don't you write this book? Just fill it in right here') but also contributes to a slow start. The story, which revolves around (of all things) intellectual property and picks up a third of the way in, follows the twins and their widowed inventor/professor father as he starts a job at the Tickeridge-Baltock Institute of Technology (aka Tick-Tock Tech) and has a run-in with a disgruntled former student. Weiner has an obvious fondness for wordplay (characters include Nanny Nan Noonan and the villainous Dean D. Dean), and he's at his funniest with the nonsensical 'Questions for Review' that end each chapter ('How would the Templeton twins' lives have been different had they never been born?'). Final art not seen by PW. Ages 9 — 13. Agent: Paul Bresnick, Paul Bresnick Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Ellis Weiner is a contributor to the New Yorker and a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. He is also the author of several books, including Yiddish with Dick and Jane, which he co-authored with his wife. He lives in southern California.

Jeremy Holmes is the creative mind behind Mutt Ink, a graphic design studio. His first book, There Was an Old Lady (also published by Chronicle), was awarded BolognaRazzi's Opera Prima award at the 2010 Bologna Book Fair. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, October 2, 2012 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea is the first in a new series aimed at readers age 9 to 12 that combines mystery, wordplay, humor and adventure. Written by Ellis Weiner and illustrated by Jeremy Holmes, The Templeton Twins is told from the point of view of a narrator, a somewhat sarcastic figure who poses funny review questions at the end of each chapter.

The story follows Abigail and John Templeton, fraternal twins whose mother has recently died after a long illness. They live on a university campus with their father, who is an inventor and college professor.

When the professor moves the family to a new university where he hopes to start fresh, the story really gets going. A former student with a grudge, who happens to be a twin as well, wants credit for one of the professor’s inventions. He’ll go to great lengths to make sure that happens, even if that means kidnapping the twins.

Young readers will like the wordplay, the puzzles that Abigail enjoys, and the narrator’s comments about both readers and characters. Illustrations play up the inventive side of things and keep readers engaged as they scour the pictures for clues about the action to come.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811866798
Author:
Weiner, Ellis
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Author:
Holmes, Jeremy
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.5 x 0.75 in 0.9 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This series kickoff takes a while to get going, and not just because it has three prologues and two Chapter Twos. Although 12-year-old twins Abigail and John Templeton headline the story, the most prominent character is the self-satisfied and aggressively intrusive Narrator, whose banter with readers instantly sets a comedic, sarcastic tone ('If you are so terribly, terribly smart, why don't you write this book? Just fill it in right here') but also contributes to a slow start. The story, which revolves around (of all things) intellectual property and picks up a third of the way in, follows the twins and their widowed inventor/professor father as he starts a job at the Tickeridge-Baltock Institute of Technology (aka Tick-Tock Tech) and has a run-in with a disgruntled former student. Weiner has an obvious fondness for wordplay (characters include Nanny Nan Noonan and the villainous Dean D. Dean), and he's at his funniest with the nonsensical 'Questions for Review' that end each chapter ('How would the Templeton twins' lives have been different had they never been born?'). Final art not seen by PW. Ages 9 — 13. Agent: Paul Bresnick, Paul Bresnick Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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