Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

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The New York Times bestselling cartoonist behind the nationally acclaimed comic strip Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis has won raves for Timmy Failure, the hilarious first book in a new series for young readers. With the help of a polar bear named Total, Timmy Failure hopes to strike it rich by running the best detective agency around. The only problem is that our supremely confident hero is often more bumbling than brainy.

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The New York Times bestselling cartoonist behind the nationally acclaimed comic strip Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis has won raves for Timmy Failure, the hilarious first book in a new series for young readers. With the help of a polar bear named Total, Timmy Failure hopes to strike it rich by running the best detective agency around. The only problem is that our supremely confident hero is often more bumbling than brainy.

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Eleven-year-old Timmy Failure has no clue that he's not the world's greatest detective. Even being unable to deduce the culprit in a recent candy wrapper caper doesn't squelch his dizzying ambitions. The first book for young readers by the creator of Pearls Before Swine features funny pictures, classroom guerilla theater, and more mysteries than any pint-sized Holmes can handle.

Publishers Weekly
Mysteries abound in the first children’s book from Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine. Who stole the Halloween candy of Timmy’s classmate Gabe? Who is the mysterious girl Timmy refuses to discuss? Why is no one fazed that Timmy has a pet polar bear named Total? Fortunately, Timmy is an aspiring detective, who believes his agency, Total Failure Inc. (“We won’t fail, despite what the name says”), is “on the verge of being a Fortune 500 company.” Unfortunately, Timmy is a terrible sleuth, who doesn’t leap to the wrong conclusions so much as cannonball into a swimming pool full of them. His narration reveals an impressive command of business-speak (he doesn’t talk with his single mother—he teleconferences), while the wide-eyed characters resemble a cross between the work of George Booth and Sara Varon. Pastis has assembled an eccentric and funny cast (running gags revolve around Total’s voracious appetite and a librarian who looks like one of the Hells Angels), yet there are also touching interactions to be found, particularly between Timmy and his mother. Ages 8–12. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
Timmy Failure is a winner!
—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Timmy Failure is a fabulously fun read and the line drawings are a treat. It's original and quirky, with real heart.
—Philipp Ardagh

Pastis crafts a great story starring an unforgettable protagonist whose unorthodox approach to detective work (and world domination) will have readers in stitches. For Timmy Failure, success is the only option!
—Lincoln Peirce, creator of the Big Nate series

Pastis has assembled an eccentric and funny cast (running gags revolve around Total’s voracious appetite and a librarian who looks like one of the Hells Angels), yet there are also touching interactions to be found...
—Publishers Weekly

…Readers should be simultaneously amused and touched by this quirky antihero.
—Booklist

The Pearls Before Swine cartoonist’s frequent black-and-white illustrations help to cast Timmy’s adventure in an appropriately ironic light. Timmy… has greatness in him. Just like all of us.
—Kirkus Reviews

Pastis ... peppers nearly every page of this comic romp with at least one intentionally amateurish black-and-white illustration, enhancing the laughs along the way as Timmy misses even the most obvious clues in Clouseauesque fashion. Middle grade readers will appreciate all the silly sleuthing and absurd details, and older readers–including parents who come along for the ride–will find a satisfying layer of more sophisticated humor, too.
—School Library Journal

Seldom has failure been so likable—or so funny.
—The Wall Street Journal

Kirkus Reviews
The great children's-book characters can get on your nerves. Eloise is a little spoiled. The Cat in the Hat refuses to listen to anyone else. Timmy Failure would be easy to actually hate. When he's taking a group test, he brings down everyone's score by drawing dot-to-dot pictures with the Scantron bubbles. When his teacher isn't looking, Timmy goes to the world map and draws the future offices of his detective agency, with a branch on every major continent. Timmy has already started solving crimes. His business is aptly called Total Failure, Inc. His neighbor Gunnar hires him to find some missing candy. Gunnar's brother is sitting in bed, with chocolate stains on his face. Candy wrappers are strewn all around. Timmy is stumped, though, because the brother has an alibi: He was eating candy. Timmy is a classic comic type: the person who's arrogant for no good reason. But Pastis keeps him from becoming unbearable by turning him into Walter Mitty. He's a lonely boy whose mother is dating a bowler, and he dreams of being the world's greatest detective. Who wouldn't? The Pearls Before Swine cartoonist's frequent black-and-white illustrations help to cast Timmy's adventure in an appropriately ironic light. Timmy may not be one of the great children's-book characters, but he has greatness in him. Just like all of us. (Comic mystery. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470370282
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2013
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,104,809
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Stephan Pastis
Stephan Pastis is the creator of Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than six hundred newspapers and boasts a devoted following. His 2011 compilation Larry in Wonderland debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback graphic novels. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is his first book for young readers. He lives in Northern California.
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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    Funny, punny, and great fun!

    Timmy Failure is a book about a boy with the same name who runs a detective agency with his pet polar bear, Total. He thinks that he is a really great private investigator with excellent problem solving skills, but he is always getting into trouble and never solving any of his clients’ mysteries. He’s also doing poorly in school, so basically he is a “total failure” at everything that he does, which just so happens to be the name of his business; The Total Failure Detective Agency. His best friend, Rollo, tries to help him in school and in solving his cases, but Timmy never takes any of his advice. His arch nemesis, Corrina Corrina, also runs a detective agency, and she does a much better job at it.
    My favorite part of the book is when Timmy uses his mom’s Segway without permission and he must get it back before she realizes it’s gone. Instead of just telling her the truth, he comes up with some crazy, and funny, ways to try to find it and bring it home.
    This book is filled with lots of puns, plays on words, and hilarious situations that kids would find laugh out loud funny! Its humor reminds me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I laughed a lot while reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves silly humor!
    I give this book 4 and a half stars because Timmy used the word idiot to describe his best friend.
    The book earns a big happy face!
    I liked Timmy Failure and Rollo!
    Review by Scott W., age 7, Central South Carolina Mensa

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2013

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    Stephan Pastis's Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is not a fail

    Stephan Pastis's Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is not a failure! Timmy delights readers with his experience as one of the best detectives in the world. He lays it all out from his questionable sleuthing skills to silly mishaps at home and school.

    Timmy Failure is dead set on building his business into a detective agency empire, but he is not without trials: one being his lazy partner Total, who is also a polar bear, and others being his idiot best friend Rollo and his evil rival Corinna Corinna.

    How Timmy describes those around him is almost so exaggerated you might wonder what's wrong with him. Timmy has a very strong voice which actually surprised me since he's an eleven-year-old. He expresses his opinions very decidedly. I find that his peculiar personality adds to his story's humor and helps readers understand where his super self-confidence comes from. Then, of course, there are the illustrations that provide further detail for whatever crazy plan goes wrong. Those drawings are like an extension of Timmy's voice and just as comical.

    Pastis hits the mark when it comes to providing humorous entertainment for the middle grade age group. It's a big plus that adults and older teens will enjoy Timmy's antics as well. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is the just the first installment in Stephan Pastis's debut series and the hilarious plot will surely tide you over until the next!
    *Book provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    This was really funny and the drawings were great.

    This was really funny and the drawings were great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    It is okay pretty good I guess.

    Not as good as say Never More the final maximum ride novel.



















    Hi Omar

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    I love this book

    The drawings are great and the story is SOOOOOOOOO funny. The fact that Timmy Failure thinks he is a genius with his polar bear Total. Together, they form the total failure incorperating and plan on having bases all over the world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    IDK

    I absoultly hate this book it sucks #JUSTKIDDING LOVEIT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    I loved this book!  I was laughing the whole time and have now p

    I loved this book!  I was laughing the whole time and have now passed it on to my 5th grade students.  They can't wait to read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Funny book-some dark humor for children

    Love Stephan Pastis' comic strip. As an adult, enjoyed the 50 pages I read before giving it as a gift to my grandson. But some of the attempts at humor remind me of many of the rat character's humor in the comic strip--which is to pick on others. Not sure I want to encourage that needlessly. I may send a review again when I get his take on it but if I had not promised him it was coming, I might not have handed it over.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    My 10 yr old is an avid reader & loves this book.  It's not

    My 10 yr old is an avid reader & loves this book.  It's not very challenging for him but sometimes it's okay for a child to read just for
    the FUN OF READING! (It's a.r. level 3.8 & my son is on a 6.0 level)  He finds this book HILARIOUS & has started trying to sketch the
    characters himself.  He's been chatting with me about his favorite parts as he's reading the book.  It's been a great experience & we
    are looking forward to the next book in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Timmy and Total, a fun read for kids, and grown-up kids! If you

    Timmy and Total, a fun read for kids, and grown-up kids! If you have a "reluctant reader", Timmy Failure will change that!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Ffff

    Awesome!!!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Awesome

    AAAAAAWWWWWWEEEEEEESSSSSSOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEE

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Awesome!

    If you love Pearls you will love this!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    C.C

    Lala

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Does not go past page 7!!!

    Something is wrong with this book it will not go past page 7 on our nook

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Amazingggggggggggggggggggggggg

    Funny

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

    My 14 year old son and I LOVED this book. I often laughed so har

    My 14 year old son and I LOVED this book. I often laughed so hard I cried while reading it. This book is so well written that anyone including adults will enjoy it. I loved the character's names as well as the mindset of Timmy. His mother is a saint. You can't help but stop while you are reading this book to say "What is with this kid?" Even though the main character is a boy, there are also very interesting girl characters. We are looking forward to Timmy Failure's next story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 19, 2013

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