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Kid Konnection: The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

September 1, 2012

The Templeton Twins – Abigail and John – were 12 when their mom passed away.  It was a tough time for the two of them, and their professor father, so when their father comes home and tells them they’re moving, they assume it’s to get a fresh start.  When they arrive in their new home, a former student confronts their father and accuses him of stealing his idea.  When their father refuses to acknowledge his former student’s accusation, he decides to kidnap the twins in order to get the recognition he thinks he deserves.  The twins have to use their wits to try to get out of the fix they’ve found themselves in.

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, by Ellis Weiner, is an action packed middle grade book that had me giggling almost right from the start.  The twins are great characters and the story is clever, even if you have to suspend disbelief to enjoy it, but the best part of the book for me was the narrator!  He inserts himself in the story with sarcastic wit that simply charmed me.

The narrator includes review questions at the end of each chapter that are just as funny as the storyline.  The great part of the humor is that it will appeal to both kids and adults, so this would be a fun book to read with a middle grade student.  Did I mention there’s a recipe for meatloaf?  I haven’t tried it but think it would be fun to make after you read the book.

Most of the artwork in the galley I read wasn’t complete, but those that were were wonderful.  The cover gives you an idea of what it’s like.  I have a feeling the finished book looks fantastic!  The Templeton Twins Have an Idea was a winner for me and I heartily recommend it for the middle grade readers in your life.

For more children’s books reviews, go to Booking Mama’s feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Chronicle Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2012 8:27 am

    This one sounds good! I like the cover also 🙂

  2. September 1, 2012 1:07 pm

    Sounds like a truly delightful book! I think my son would enjoy this one.

  3. Amy @ My Friend Amy permalink
    September 1, 2012 3:06 pm

    this sounds really cute! I love that it had you giggling!

  4. talesofwhimsy permalink
    September 1, 2012 4:54 pm

    This sounds SO cute. I want it. Great review.

  5. September 1, 2012 7:23 pm

    This sounds like it would make a fun movie for kids, too!

  6. September 1, 2012 9:09 pm

    This sounds really cute, I like the cover too.

  7. September 2, 2012 1:02 am

    I love the sound of this book-I received a review copy and I’m looking forward to kicking back with it and having myself a delightful time! Thanks for the review.

  8. September 2, 2012 7:58 pm

    When I was reading your description, it didn’t seem like it was going to be a comedy!

  9. bookingmama permalink
    September 2, 2012 8:06 pm

    Booking Daughter wasn’t a fan at all. I’m guessing it was aimed at a younger audience!

  10. September 3, 2012 10:30 pm

    I love your Kid Konnection reviews…thanks for adding more titles to my fall order!!

  11. September 5, 2012 8:00 pm

    I’ve been curious about this one. It looks cute!

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