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
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)
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.