Book Review: The Templeton Twins Have an Idea
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner
Series: Templeton Twins #1
Published by Chronicle Books on August 15th 2012
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? ).
When I read the description of this book, I just had to read it. I had the feeling of Lemony Snicket's writing and couldn't wait to see what the Templeton Twins had in store for me.
This book had me laughing quickly. The narrator is being forced to write the Templeton Twins' story and he doesn't seem too happy about having to do so. At the end of each chapter, there's a short quiz, often the narrator fishing for compliments. Or rather, leaving you no choice but to complement his wonderful story-craft. I love the inventions featured in this book as well as the Tick Tock University, which has a clock on each of its buildings.
The Templeton twins are simply clever. When they want a dog, they decide they have to present it to their father in a way that will get a "yes" answer. So they craft an invention that surprises their father at the dinner table and features a picture of the specific dog they want. How can any parent say no to that? And the Dean brothers, they are something else. A classic villian pair, brains and brawn, although the brains seems to be lacking quite a bit of his own. The twins are quick to figure out a way out of their kidnapping situation, in a strange, yet inventive way.
Final Verdict: Overall, I just loved this book. It's going to be a fantastic read for my students that enjoy Lemony Snicket.