Monday, August 20, 2012

Light Bulb Time

THE TEMPLETON TWINS HAVE AN IDEA by Ellis Weiner with illustrations by Jeremy Holmes. Chronicle Books, September 2012.

Meet Abigail and John Templeton and their father, the prototypical absent-minded professor, Professor Templeton, an inveterate inventor. As the novel opens, the narrator gives readers a 2 word prologue and then poses two questions. This conceit will be repeated throughout the novel, amping up the humor in this mystery that pits the clever children against some foes who are a tad threatening but not as smart of the twins themselves. Interrupted narrative, precocious children, and Rube Goldberg inventions combine to make this a funny and challenging read for middle grade kids. <454>

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