Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done

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The clueless, comically self-confident kid detective returns in a sequel to the New York Times bestseller Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.

"When you lose hope, find it." ?Timmy Failure

He doesn?t like to pull rank. To reveal that he?s this guy: Timmy Failure, founder, president, and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town, perhaps the nation. But he is.

And he?s about to crack the biggest case of his ...

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Overview

The clueless, comically self-confident kid detective returns in a sequel to the New York Times bestseller Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.

"When you lose hope, find it." —Timmy Failure

He doesn’t like to pull rank. To reveal that he’s this guy: Timmy Failure, founder, president, and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town, perhaps the nation. But he is.

And he’s about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. It’s his ticket to bringing home a $500 prize, which is guaranteed to set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to game the system. Hoodwink. Con. Defraud. So it’s up to Timmy Failure, with the dubious help of Total, his lazy polar-bear partner, and his unlikely new ally, eccentric Great-Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these shenanigans. Defeat this injustice.
If he can only get his entry form in on time.

2014 Parents' Choice Award Recommended Fiction

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Pastis has a knack for comic timing, and the interplay between cartoon, text, and the absurdities of the story should continue to attract readers who wish they could shake their fists at the world with such inept panache.
—Booklist

If Inspector Clouseau were in grade school, he’d be Timmy Failure. ... [H]is many fans will speed through the pages, and they’ll love Pastis’ illustrations, which feature an adorable polar bear shaped like a bowling pin. They may even adopt Timmy’s motto: "When you lose hope, find it." A loonily intellectual alternative to that wimpy kid.
—Kirkus Reviews

Timmy is a wonderfully frustrating narrator. ... [A]s Timmy’s grip on reality begins to weaken and his actions begin to alienate those around him, readers will nevertheless sympathize with his unraveling. Fans of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series or the "Big Nate" books will enjoy the sharp, ironic humor as well as the black-and-white comic illustrations. ... [P]lenty of the puns, plays-on-words, and clever comedic timing will result in laugh-out-loud moments.
—School Library Journal

Great-aunt Colander is the gem of the series thus far. She truly "gets" and seeks out Timmy, and she's the resourceful and clear-eyed antidote to the discombobulated detective. ... This heartwarming companion will make Timmy's fans even more eager for the third adventure, planned for this coming November.
—Shelf Awareness

Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
In Timmy Failure’s mind he is nothing if not successful. After all, he was born, founded a crime-solving empire, and exhibited greatness. Never mind that the overly confident crime-solver continually makes mistakes. Those are easily explained away; they are someone else’s fault. With Total—his 250 pound, lazy, polar bear partner—by his side, and the unlikely help of Great-Aunt Colander, Timmy Failure hopes to discover the missing globe and win $500. If only people would stop their shenanigans so that he can enter the school’s competition and win the massive amount of money that will set him up for life! The second in the “Timmy Failure” series, this book is another shining example of how Pastis appeals to children and adults alike. Constant word play, puns, and just plain wittiness make this plot move along coherently and rapidly. Without a doubt, the award-winning author of Pearls Before Swine strikes just the right note of hilarity. Reviewer: Bonita Herold; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 3–8—The too-smart-for-his-own-good kid detective is back for a second zany installment, along with his 1500-pound polar/bear business partner, Total. Timmy has big dreams for his crime-solving empire, fueled by his complete self-confidence, delusions of grandeur, and his assured win in a competition to find a stolen globe worth $500. But first, shenanigans are afoot and must be thwarted. Timmy is a wonderfully frustrating narrator. He is egotistical, oblivious to his own ineptitude, and blames any missteps on the shortcomings of others. Yet, as Timmy's grip on reality begins to weaken and his actions begin to alienate those around him, readers will nevertheless sympathize with his unraveling. Fans of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series (Abrams) or the "Big Nate" books (Andrew McMeel) will enjoy the sharp, ironic humor as well as the black-and-white comic illustrations. While some advanced vocabulary and a few adult-directed jokes and references may escape middle-grade readers, plenty of the puns, plays-on-words, and clever comedic timing will result in laugh-out-loud moments.—Elly Schook, Jamieson Elementary School, Chicago
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-11
If Inspector Clouseau were in grade school, he'd be Timmy Failure. Timmy has a secret admirer. He knows this, as he's received a note, covered in little hearts, that says, "You have a secret admirer!" His friends and relatives assume it's from Molly Moskins, since she follows him around saying, "Doesn't my Timmykins look handsomeful?"--and since another love note is signed, "LOVE MM (These are my initials)." Timmy assumes, with his typical logic, that the hearts are a coded death threat. "Think," he says to his great-aunt. "The heart is what keeps you alive." He has reason to be suspicious. He has very few admirers, partly because he keeps accusing his friends of crimes--especially Molly Moskins. In spite of that, they remain remarkably faithful and even help him solve the central mystery of the book, which loosely involves a detective contest at his school. Readers who found Timmy hard to take in his first book won't like him--or the terrible puns--any better here. (One chapter is titled "The Lying, the Watch, and the Poor Globe.") But his many fans will speed through the pages, and they'll love Pastis' illustrations, which feature an adorable polar bear shaped like a bowling pin. They may even adopt Timmy's motto: "When you lose hope, find it." A loonily intellectual alternative to that wimpy kid. (Comic mystery. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763660512
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Timmy Failure Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 27,558
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephan Pastis

Stephan Pastis is the author-illustrator of Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, a New York Times bestseller. He is also the creator of the devoutly followed comic strip Pearls Before Swine, which appears in more than six hundred newspapers. His compilation Larry in Wonderland debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback graphic novels. Stephan Pastis lives in Northern California.

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Awesome!

    My son was eagerly anticipating this book and read it in record time. Said it was even better than the first one, which he loved! Great book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

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    You'll Love it As Much as the First One!

    Review by Scott W., age 9, Central South Carolina Mensa

    In the sequel to Timmy Failure, Mistakes Were Made, Timmy continues his work as a detective of his own detective agency, Total Failure, Inc. His polar bear still works for him, and his best friend is still Rollo Tookus. His old enemy is back too: Corinna, Corinna, and this time, instead of a black square covering her, she is all blurry.

    What does Timmy get into this time? Without giving away too much, I will tell you that he enters a detective contest, bones are broken, topiaries are destroyed, and someone's head falls off (not in that order)!
    If you enjoy reading books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate, thenTimmy Failure is the story for you! I loved this book as much as the first one and would recommend it to anyone who read the first one. I hope you love it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Poopy

    FIRST REVIEW BRO

    *BROFIST*

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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