The Definitive Guide to

The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

Written by Ellis Weiner & illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
Published by Chronicle Books
5.5 / 7.0
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 3.7 / 5.0
Add to list
Prices as of Apr 16
Retail Price
used $0.30
Sep 17, 2018
Publication Date
Target Age

What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

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 sometime 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, kidnapped. Wouldn’t it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so. Now in paperback, 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?!). And now, there’s more!

What Kind of Book is The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Serious Subject Matter: This tale about twins involves a kidnapping, as the perpetrators hold the kids hostage to get their father’s invention.
Violence: The kidnapper has a gun, which he fires off once. The nanny is down with her eyes closed, and the kidnappers say she died of a heart attack, though you find out later in the story that she didn't die. Abigail smashed Dan Dean's foot with a hammer when escaping. Dean d. Dean tries to shoot a dog, but the gun is out of bullets.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Ask your child how the twins used their creativity and intelligence to escape and help their dad.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.5 / 7.0

I love how witty the Templeton twins are! This book reminds me a little bit of a Lemony Snicket tale, which I thought brought in some great humor. The twins have a great, smart, inventive father and they are kidnapped and held as ransom, as the perpetrators want their father’s invention as payment. What the perpetrators don’t realize is that the twins have learned a lot from their father–using the lessons and smarts they got from him, the twins save the day! I thought this book was adventurous, imaginative, fun, and clever.

Book Lists That Include The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

Ellis Weiner

Ellis Weiner was an editor for <em>Spy</em> magazine and <em>National Lampoon</em>. He has also written a lot of funny books for grown-ups. <em>The Templeton Twins</em> are his first books for children.

View Author

Who Illustrated The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

Jeremy Holmes

Jeremy Holmes has illustrated a number of children’s books, including the Templeton Twins series and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. He lives in Abington, Pennsylvania.

View Illustrator

What Has Ellis Weiner Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Ellis know that you want more details about The Templeton Twins Have An Idea!

What Has Jeremy Holmes Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Jeremy know that you want more details about The Templeton Twins Have An Idea!

Ellis Weiner's Book Dedication

To Barbara Davilman.

Jeremy Holmes's Book Dedication

To Paxton and Charlie Holmes.

What color was the house Dean and Dan brought the kids to?
  1. grey
  2. white
  3. black
  4. brown
Take the Full Quiz!

More Books From These Creatives

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked The Templeton Twins Have An Idea

Book Details

Publication Date:
September 17, 2018
Text Details:
Typeset in Parcel, Chronicle Text, and Chevin.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations in this book were rendered digitally.
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
Lexile® Level:
ATOS® Book Level:
Accelerated Reader® Points:
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:

Contribute to this page

Core Score - 74%
This page is starting to look fantastic!
Depth Score - 31%
Just the barebones.
Improve this page
Are you the author or illustrator? Claim this page.