The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One by Ellis Weiner

templetonThe Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One

By Ellis Weiner

Illustrated by Jeremy Holmes

232 pages – ages 8-13

Published by Chronicle Books on August 15, 2012

The Templeton house is a sad place. The Templeton twins, John and Abigail are dealing with the death of their mother. Their father, Professor Elton Templeton was depressed and didn’t want to work on his inventions anymore. Things got a little brighter when the twins convinced their dad to get a “ridiculous” dog named Cassie. One day, Professor Templeton goes to work and when he comes home, he announces that they are moving to Tick-Tock Tech so he can work and invent there. The one problem is that a former “F” student of the professor is out for revenge and hatches a plot to kidnap the twins and the dog. It’s a good thing the twins are as smart as their dad!

Fist off, I loved the narrator of the book. He is sarcastic and funny (he really dislikes Cassie too, that’s why she’s a “ridiculous dog”). The book is narrated kind of like Lemony Snicket, but I think it is also different enough. I like how the narrator kind of quizzes you at the end of each chapter. The twins have good personalities and are likeable. I really like the illustration style in the book. I thought it was very unique.

templeton3The chapters are short and with all the illustrations, I think it would be a good read for younger kids or reluctant readers. There is enough action, mystery and humor to keep me turning the pages. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Five out of five bookworms for The Templeton Twins Have an Idea. fivebooks

To learn more about The Templeton Twins, please visit the official website by clicking HERE.


The Narrator himself commented on my “About Me” page! I wanted to share it here so everyone will see it!

Dear Erik:

As the narrator of The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, I wish to commend you on your excellent taste in narratives. Of course, you could have praised me more, but I suppose I must learn to live with whatever crumbs of recognition I get from the public. More importantly, I am pleased to see that you did not–as so many lesser critics do–heap praise upon Mr. Ellis Weiner, whom people insist on identifying as the author of the book even though it is obvious that the story is told by me.

Well done, young critic.

I know you will be thrilled to know–just as I am thrilled to know–that the next book in the series, The Templeton Twins Make a Scene, will be published in September or October of this year. I look forward to reading your typically astute and accurate review of that one, too, when the time comes.

Yours truly,
The Narrator

Cool huh?

Here is my reply –

Dear Mr. The Narrator,

Thank you so much for having the sense to post such a meaningful comment. You are obviously a Narrator of great taste! It is an honor to have you on my blog!

Sincerely sincere,

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32 replies

  1. Some kids at school read this book and shared it with me. It is a lot like a Lemony Snicket book. But has enough of its own flavor to make it fun. We all liked the illustrations and the little “lessons” thrown in here and there. It was a funny, cute book and the kids said that they would probably read a Book 2. Thanks for your great review!

  2. I’ll have to check this one out – thanks! (By the way, I loved your tearful addition to my Food Fight story – Thunk!)

  3. Erik! You should know there’s no such thing as a ridiculous dog!

    Love and licks,

  4. It’s hard to pull off a good narrator, with an omniscient 3rd person point of view, and this sounds really successful. I love those illustrations and reckon this would be a fun read.

  5. I love the Lemony Snicket books and this looks like a good read. I’m curious to read more about the ridiculous dog :).

  6. Eric, I am glad you loved this book. I really enjoyed it. This time, I beat you to it. *haha* I also was reminded of Lemony Snicket and loved those books and the new series “he’s” writing.

    Race you to book two in the Templeton Twins Series! 😀

  7. What an unusual theme for a book. And, it’s great that it is a series. Sounds like a fun read, especially the narrative. Will look forward to your next review on the Templeton Twins.

  8. I have been curious about this book. So happy I read your review. I plan to order it for my classroom. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Sounds good, Erik! And I’m a big fan of Lemony Snicket’s voice and humor, so if it’s like that I’m sure I’d love it 🙂

  10. Very cool! I wrote a short review of same book but received no snarky reply by said narrator. Very devastated about that too! Thanks for pointing out my lack of personal attention by the narrator.

  11. This book sounds perfect for my son. Thanks for the review Erik. Also – that was pretty neat Mr. Narrator commented on your blog 🙂

  12. I’m not a huge fan of Lemony Snicket, but I’m now very curious about this book! As always, great review!

  13. Round of applause for you and the narrator. Sounds like an adventure might have helped those children to come to terms with the death of their mother.

  14. Hi Erik! I learned about this book from here and I finished reading it this morning. First of all, This book has made on my top ten list of favorite books. Second of all, It is just really good. I love that the book is serious and funny at the same time.

  15. I posted too early! 🙂 This is Neighbor Girl from Stanley and Katrina.

  16. I’ve been seeing this book around – and like Jama, I’m also deeply into the lemony snicket series. have you read any of pseudonymous bosch’s books yet (the secret series)? i have a feeling you’d enjoy those too.

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