The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: A Book Review


The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner and illustrated by Jeremy Holmes

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?!).

{kindly taken from Amazon}

My Thoughts: Let’s just start off by saying that I LOVE a book with good design. The Templeton Twins was no exception. With gorgeous illustrations and quirky add-ones, the story also held its own. I think that this is a winner in 2012 children’s literature.

One of the first “characters” we meet is the narrator. He doesn’t participate in the actual story, but he does have some very strong opinions throughout the novel. What I love about how the author set up the narrator is that the reader develops a relationship with the narrator, and the reader participates with the narrator in guessing what will happen next. So I really liked that unique part of the story :)

The rest of the characters were just as funny to read about it, and I thought they were developed nicely. I loved how different the twins were from average 12-years old. I find that the more different the main characters are, the better the story! Their dad seemed awfully supportive, and I liked that the parent was present. {parents always seem to be doing their own thing in most books.} The Dean twins, our antagonists, were terribly funny, although I don’t think that was the intention :) They definitely added some comedy to the story!

The plot was solid, although I think it moved too quickly in the development of the problem. It was like we were moving from one event to the next, without any room in the middle. However, it will keep the audience entertained, and that’s the most important part.

Overall, I think this is a fresh read that ALL ages will enjoy. Kudos to the author and illustrator!

Pros: Developed characters.

Cons: The plot was a little too fast-paced for me.

Heads Up: Nothing really, but younger readers might not expect the kidnapping and gun scene. But, for real now, the Dean brothers are too funny to take their whole kidnapping thing seriously.

Overall: I give it 4 1/2 stars {**** 1/2} and I recommend if for ages 9 and up.

Have a magnificent rest of your day!


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