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The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Wisecracking narrator hogs spotlight in funny twins tale.

Book Ellis Weiner Humor 2012
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Snarky, sarcastic, attention-hogging narrators are the norm for writer Ellis Weiner, so if you're looking for a story with actual character development and substantive plot, this isn't for you. But if you're prepared for the fact that the Templeton Twins are completely eclipsed by a wisecracking, whining, self-aggrandizing storyteller who doles out bits of the plot with hefty doses of wordplay, snide remarks, comic "quizzes" at the end of each chapter, a recipe for meat loaf, and helpful lectures on subjects from crossword puzzles to hot-wiring cars, The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book 1 is an irresistible series start.

Kids who love the barrage of knowledge and wit in The Phantom Tollbooth are good candidates for this one. Humorous graphic elements on most pages and lots of intricate drawings by award-winning illustrator Jeremy Holmes, in which Edward Gorey meets Rube Goldberg, add to the fun.

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