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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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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Kids can experience adventures w/o guns and bad grammar

It’s bizarre to read a piece of children’s fiction with descriptives of loading/ unloading guns, having guns wielded at children by threatening criminal element, and of course a gaslighting kidnapper. Also, there’s no reason to lapse on grammar (doubled prepositions to attempt clumsy, languid flow and others issues like comma splices.) I am surprised this is a required text for elementary students. There’s something interesting happening in the story, but details as mentioned steer focus from the shining parts.

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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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