The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One
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The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One

3.8 33
by Ellis Weiner, Jeremy Holmes
     
 

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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,… See more details below

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Overview

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?!).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
"The narrator plays as big a role (or bigger) as any of the characters, constantly wisecracking, setting up scenes and occasionally berating the reader." - SFGate.com

"This entertaining series will win over word lovers, mystery and puzzle solvers, fans of gadgets and those who previously had not thought of themselves as readers" - Shelf Awareness, starred review

"The most prominent character is the self-satisfied and aggressively intrusive Narrator, whose banter with readers instantly sets a comedic, sarcastic tone" - Publishers Weekly

"This book is for those students who enjoy a little sarcasm with their humor." - Library Media Connection

"This book a) is extraordinarily snarky, b) has glorious illustrations, c) is sure to be a hit, d) all of the above?" - NerdyBookClub.com

"The scene-hogging narrator steals the show in this clever series opener." - Kirkus Reviews

"Readers... will welcome this and the duo's future exploits." - Booklist

"Illustrations.play up the story's humor as well as highlighting the twins' ingenuity." - The Horn Book

"The narrator's antics are one of the book's great charms" - Time Out Chicago Kids, Best New Kit Lit Series of 2012

"A great book for kids who love puzzles and humor. Weiner's narrators steal the show with their use of sarcasm and wit." - Halley Pucker, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"If you've got smart (or maybe smart-mouthed) kids, they'll get a kick out of The Templeton Twins" - Wired.com's GeekDads

"Anyone with a sly sense of humor is sure to love this book and cry out for "More, please!" " - Reading Today

"An irresistible start to a planned series" - Common Sense Media

"An entertaining start to a new series." - School Library Journal

"A rip roaring fun read that is a must share." - Shannon Messenger/Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

"A page-turning and funny tale." -Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

"A hilarious and clever adventure " - Education.com

VOYA - Sharon Blumberg
This unusual but creative title reads as if the narrator is a sarcastic but clever seventh grade student. It deals with a university professor who is coping with the death of his wife from an extended illness. He has a set of fraternal twins named Abigail and John who are both sad, but deal with their mother's death in a healthy manner. The twins are creative and intelligent, just like their dad. They prove they are indeed a force to reckon with for any villain. Their father decides for various reasons that it would be best to move to another university. Once he moves, a culprit from his past confronts the professor about an invention. This villain opens up a can of terror, humor, and suspense all in one package. This contemporary, humorous fiction title reads like a graphic novel because illustrations are interspersed throughout the story. After each chapter, the author includes questions for review. These will linger long after the reader is finished reading. This is a clever start to a new series readers will want to follow. Reviewer: Sharon Blumberg
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Who can resist two lovable, clever twins like the Templetons? In Ellis Weiner's newest book, John and Abigail Templeton, age twelve, have a brilliant father whose absentminded professor habits are thoroughly charming. Their father was widowed a year earlier, and there will always be a hole in the family's heart. The twins are creative and inventive and determined to keep their father from getting lonely. Years earlier, Professor Templeton taught a young man named Dean D. Dean in class. In this scenario, Dean reappears and accuses Professor Templeton of stealing the patent for the Personal Helicopter. Soon the Templeton twins are kidnapped by Dean and his own twin brother, who lock the children up in basement miles away. In a fun twist of fate, the Templeton twins rescue each other and endear themselves to the reader simultaneously. Young readers will enjoy meeting the Templeton twins through Jeremy Holme's wonderfully crafted illustrations and Ellis Weiner's cleverly written text.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—John and Abigail, 12, want a dog and know just how to approach their professor-inventor father: build an ingenious gadget to get his attention… which is a challenge, since Dad has been a bit distracted since their mother's recent death. Their device works, and the family's life improves dramatically with the addition of a "ridiculous" dog. Then one of Mr. Templeton's former students, Dean D. Dean, claims that the professor stole one of his inventions. He kidnaps John and Abigail in retaliation, but, being more of a buffoon than a villain, he's no match for the twins' resourcefulness and their father's stalwart integrity. Dean's escape sets the stage for book two. Weiner surprises and engages readers; the siblings' escape from their kidnapper is drawn as a flow chart, and Abigail's cryptic crossword hobby will interest puzzle fans. Comparisons to Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" (HarperCollins) are inevitable, but this story feels fresh with a loving family of clever yet appealingly normal characters at its heart. Its narrator, like Snicket's, interrupts with definitions and additional information. However, Weiner's vain and snarky narrator is an important character, asking humorous review questions at the end of each chapter ("Can you spell moustache?") and regularly dissing readers ("Don't embarrass yourself."). An entertaining start to a new series.—M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The scene-hogging narrator steals the show in this clever series opener. Since the mother of 12-year-old twins Abigail and John recently died, their father, professor Elton Templeton, has decided to take his knack for inventing to Tickeridge-Baltock Institute of Technology (aka Tick-Tock Tech). At the professor's opening lecture, disgruntled former student Dean D. Dean accuses him of stealing his idea for the Personal One-Man Helicopter. When the professor denies Dean's involvement in his invention, Dean (with the help of his own twin brother, Dan) kidnaps the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog, hoping to retrieve the device as ransom. How this caper, accompanied by mechanical-like illustrations, will end matters less than how the narrator will report it. Nearly a character himself, the self-important, over-the-top narrator takes pleasure in admonishing his readers ("If you don't remember me saying that, I urge you to turn back to Chapter 2 (the first Chapter 2) and refresh your memory, because I distinctly remember saying it, and I remember you reading it"). Occasionally tedious, his end-of-chapter "Questions for Review" emphasize humor--and his ego. Also adding to the fun, particularly for word buffs, is Abigail's use of cryptic crossword puzzles. A tender ending to this otherwise comical story acknowledges the family's grief. Templeton Twins hidden in integrand function (5, 3). Read it to solve it! (Fiction. 9-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811866798
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
08/15/2012
Series:
Templeton Twins Series, #1
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
727,235
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.65(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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