By Chronicle Books

Reviewed for Fifth Grade, 2012

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea: Book One

John and Abigail Templeton have a lot to deal with: their ridiculous dog barks at everyone, their new nanny is terrifyingly strict, and their father is involved in a sticky mess that is about to get the twins kidnapped. Come along for a hilarious and clever adventure told by a narrator who inserts his own opinion into every scene and addresses his readers directly. This series opener endearingly pokes fun at traditional storytelling, tempting both enthusiastic and not-so-enthusiastic readers with elaborate illustrations, word puzzles, silly questions for review, and a recipe for meatloaf! (Chronicle Books, $11.55)