The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

Paperback - 2013
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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 sometime 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, kidnapped. Wouldn't it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so. Now in paperback, 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?!). And now, there's more!
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781452127040
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roop33
Jul 03, 2017

This series is basically related to The Series of Unfortunate Events. I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys reading Lemony Snicket.

Anne__O Feb 26, 2015

If you enjoy Lemony Snicket, you'll love this clever new mystery series about the Templeton Twins. Highly recommended!

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ychi
Jun 22, 2013

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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