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The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea - Ellis Weiner, Jeremy Holmes A funny, refreshing graphic novel (sorta) with puzzles, a recipe (!) and a mystery. The debut book in a new series from author Ellis Weiner has an overly self-aware narrator that keeps this adventurous tale of precocious twins and their inventor/professor father moving right along ("LET'S MOVE ON!").Each chapter ends with questions for review that have a wit and snark that will be welcomed by the targeted reading group, and poke a little fun at tests, which seem to be the bane of current school programs everywhere.Illustrations by Jeremy Holmes elevate the novel to near, but not quite graphic novel status, with drawings, sketches, diagrams, flow charts and illustrations of many elements of the story.From the back of the ARC: LET'S SAY John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigal was theoretical and solved cryptic crosswords. Now suppose their father was a brilliant, if sometimes confused, inventor. And suppose that another set of twins--adults--named Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean, kidnapped the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, I said kidnapped. Wouldn't it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so.LUCKILY FOR YOU, this is just the first in a series perfect for boys and girls who are smart, clever and funny (just like the twins) and enjoy reading adventurous stories (who doesn't?!).There is a wealth of tongue-in-cheek humor for adults, too, just to keep the story lively and interesting for anyone choosing to read it aloud in a classroom, say, or reading repeatedly aloud over many nights before bedtime. For the slightly younger audience of Tom Anglegerger's Origami Yoda series, on up through early middle school. A book full of wit and smarts that kids will likely wholeheartedly embrace.