Friday, May 8, 2015

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner [Review]

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Templeton Twins, #1) 4 out of 5 Robots!

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner

Series: Templeton Twins #1
Genre: Middle Grade
Release: August 15, 2012
Hardcover: 232 Pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
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? )

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I think your enjoyment of this book will hinge on whether you enjoy the narration style.  This book employs a snarky, sarcastic third person narration style that seems to be very popular with middle grade books.  If you like it, then this book is amusing.  If you don't, then...this probably isn't the book for you.  I actually found the narrator very amusing, so this book worked for me.

Here is what I liked:
**I found the narrator to be fairly hilarious.  I liked the snark and sarcasm a lot.  I kind of dig that style of narration where it feels like the narrator is actually talking to you instead of just telling you the story.

**I liked the funny little questions at the end of each chapter.  They were witty and sometimes made me laugh out loud.

**I loved the illustrations.  The had a nice clean feel, but also whimsical.  THey were more like diagrams than pictures.  (I'm terrible at describing art.) 

Here is what I didn't like:
**The actually plot wasn't very exciting.  If it wasn't for the narrator and illustrations, this book would have been pretty boring.


I thought this was a fun start to an interesting series.  I think kids would like the narration style if they like sly humor.  

Other Books in the Series:
1. The Templeton Twins Have an Idea
2. The Templeton Twins Make a Scene

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. I will definitely scope this book out because it sounds like a one I can use for older literacy tutees that they would be interested in reading. I am always on the lookout for easier books I can use with adults and older teens. Thanks for the review. :)

    1. Oh, I think this would be a fun one for older early readers. There is enough "adult" type humor that it doesn't feel like reading a book meant for little kids.



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