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The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One Hardcover – August 15, 2012
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"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
"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
About the Author
Jeremy Holmes is the creative mind behind Mutt Ink, a graphic design studio. His first book, There Was an Old Lady (also published by Chronicle), was awarded BolognaRazzi's Opera Prima award at the 2010 Bologna Book Fair. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book, for the most part. The story is told by a Narrator who breaks into the story on a regular basis for commentary of his/her own. It's fun, in a smart-alecky sort of way, though it can also be somewhat distracting as well. Breaking the flow of the reader, particularly younger readers, can be a risky move. Whether kids will appreciate it or not will depend on the individual reader. The Narrator did have quite the personality, and so that helped.
The chapters are fairly short - this is not War & Peace, that's for sure. Lots of diagrams and drawings, and even a recipe for meatloaf (it does tie in with the story). The story moves at a fairly fast pace, and while there is a definite resolution, it also leaves an opening for further books. I don't know that the book captured my interest enough to be anxious about any sequels, but again - depending on the individual reader, kids can be very loyal to a series that they enjoy. As a parent and a teacher, I did appreciate the language-based definitions and descriptions that were woven into the story. Any time you can help a child learn while they are enjoying a story is a bonus.
The age range for a stand-alone reader is probably from higher second grade to lower sixth grade. It's definitely not in the YA category - this is for the readers that fall between children's books and the YA section. This would also be a good read for those who have a hard time finishing longer books.
The Templeton Twins are certainly worth checking out.Read more ›
The characters are quirky and funny. The narrator is quirky and funny. The twins are smart, well-developed leads, who defy gender stereotypes without being preachy about it. The threat posed by the bad guys is real enough to push the plot forward, but not so scary that it distracts from the jokes.
Can't wait for the next one.
The story follows Abigail and John Templeton, fraternal twins whose mother has recently died after a long illness. They live on a university campus with their father, who is an inventor and college professor.
When the professor moves the family to a new university where he hopes to start fresh, the story really gets going. A former student with a grudge, who happens to be a twin as well, wants credit for one of the professor's inventions. He'll go to great lengths to make sure that happens, even if that means kidnapping the twins.
Young readers will like the wordplay, the puzzles that Abigail enjoys, and the narrator's comments about both readers and characters. Illustrations play up the inventive side of things and keep readers engaged as they scour the pictures for clues about the action to come.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I loved the random bits and pieces the book had to offer though, including the humorous "Questions for Review" and the recipe for meatloaf. These pieces helped the book in it's individuality--for instance, I know that I'll remember this book in a year by remembering the recipe and the random inventions the professor created.
I am though, looking forward to the next book--this book left a reader hanging, but not in a way that the reader is upset about it's abrupt stop, but rather in the way that the reader is excited for the next book and for the new adventures that it will hold.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this sotry. I read it to my grand daughter several timesPublished 1 month ago by Jacquie Thomas
This is a book about two kids parents dying so if you want to read a story like this then go ahead but for me thin is a haterPublished 3 months ago by Annika Stookey
Silly and Fun. As an adult, the book felt a bit...like the writer was trying hard to be super cool. And it can come off a bit rude, that might influence your child. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Henrietta
This book was well narrated which may have been the best part of the book. The stuck-up Narrator is always proving he’s better than you. This was a great book for everyone. Read morePublished 10 months ago by H. Carter / kid reviewer
This was an interesting read. The narrator is heavily involved in this book with the same sarcastic attitude reminiscent of Lemony Snicket. I enjoyed the different writing style. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Taylor Sturgis