Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Templeton Twins (Book 1) by Ellis Weiner -ADVISABLE

Weiner, Ellis and Illustrated by Holmes, Jeremy The Templeton Twins: Have an Idea (Book 1) 232 pgs. Chronicle Books, 2012 (Aug). $9.43.  (Rating: G)
When John and Abigail’s father, a professor, is accused of stealing an invention idea –they are really mad. The accuser, some guy named Dean D. Dean, is a real creep, and he keeps coming around. When Dean kidnaps the twins, they get creative and work together to escape and prove their fathers innocence.
That description sounds boring –when this is actually a really creative and quirky book. It is the strongest example of the Intrusive Narrator that I have ever come across. At first it was distracting, even annoying, but eventually it was just silly and fun. The unique illustrations and ‘questions for review’, are pretty funny. I was blown away by the inclusion of a full recipe for meatloaf –so so hilarious. I think students will love this book, and I intend to follow the series closely.
ELEMENTARY – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.

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