Published by Chronicle Books on Aug 15, 2012
Genres: Humour, MG, Mystery
Format: Paperback from Publisher
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Suppose there were 12-year-old twins, a boy and girl named John and Abigail Templeton. Let’s say John was pragmatic and played the drums, and Abigail 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?).
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a silly story meant for younger readers. It was a bit too much silliness for me, but I bet it would be perfect for the target audience. Written with a very present narrator, this would make a great read aloud story.
While the story is written with a lot of humour, there is some serious content, such as a dead mother, moving house and being kidnapped. These themes don’t overwhelm the book, and instead the focus in on the children’s good attitude, natural abilities and adventure.
As a book for younger readers, this would make a fun addition to anyone’s library, and my niece was certainly happy to receive it for her birthday.