This series is basically related to The Series of Unfortunate Events. I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys reading Lemony Snicket.
If you enjoy Lemony Snicket, you'll love this clever new mystery series about the Templeton Twins. Highly recommended!
The Narrator is introduced right off the bat. His voice is ringingly present throughout the entire story, and once you've gotten used to visualizing him as another character (rather than an obtrusive authorly dictator), his humour is enjoyable to anticipate. His presence even goes so far as to provide Questions for Review at each chapter's end and a meatloaf recipe (!!) halfway through. This quirkiness is echoed through the book: Tick-Tock Tech University has some form of clock built into every building, names are bandied about (the twins' nanny is Nancy Noonan, or Nanny Nan Noonan) and possibly-useful-not-quite-ludicrous inventions abound. Not to mention Abigail's cryptic crosswords, which aren't exactly crosswords but loads of fun to try and solve. Character development is scarce, but a surprising --and welcome -- amount of backstory is worked into the first few chapters, which details the Templetons' home life. Abigail and John are endearing through their hobbies and their cleverness. Professor Templeton's grief over his wife's passing is portrayed well, and Cassie the Ridiculous Dog is adorable and handy, but never in a deus ex machina way. The book is short; accordingly, the plot is neat, but happily with a few great twists.
And the packaging, can we talk about the packaging for a paragraph? The book's paper is divine -- I'm not sure how it differs from a regular novel's, but it does somehow, and it feels perfect for the illustrations, which spill over into and around the text for a glorious visual treat. The illustration style is clean-cut and wonky, and that makes for a delightful combination.
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