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We Meet Again (Timmy Failure Series #3)
     

We Meet Again (Timmy Failure Series #3)

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by Stephan Pastis
 

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From the New York Times best-selling creator of Timmy Failure comes a third adventure about the comically overconfident sleuth.

His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods keep throwing him curveballs: for starters, academic probation. The coveted

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From the New York Times best-selling creator of Timmy Failure comes a third adventure about the comically overconfident sleuth.

His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods keep throwing him curveballs: for starters, academic probation. The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!

Editorial Reviews

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2014

Timmy Failure aspires to greatness, though he’s his own worst enemy when it comes to achieving it. Dreams of becoming a world-class detective dance through his head when he starts detective agency Total Failure alongside his partner-in-crimebusting, a silent polar bear named Total. Timmy couldn’t solve his way out of a paper bag, but it sure is fun watching him attempt to crack cases. In We Meet Again, Timmy’s put on academic probation, and he knows the only thing standing between him and total scholarly dominance is locating the missing Miracle Report, a famed perfect paper he’ll do anything to get his hands on. Charming line drawings and an appealingly ridiculous antihero make this book an instant classic. See all of the Best Young Readers’ Books of 2014.

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Pastis’s lovely balance of quirky cartooning and quick-moving text makes this an enjoyable, laugh-out-loud read. Highly recommended for kids who love Bill Watterson’s "Calvin and Hobbes," Jeff Kinney’s "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," Lincoln Peirce’s "Big Nate" Rachel Renée Russell’s or "Dork Diaries." This book and the entire series are a perfect go-to for reluctant readers.
—School Library Journal

Pastis’ supporting cast of characters are ... effective narrative foils for [Timmy], rather than speechless bystanders to his quirkiness. ... [T]here are signs that, with the support of people who find him lovable in spite of himself, Timmy Failure will not live up to his name.
—Booklist

There are several moments where Timmy is unironically sweet. Anyone familiar with the previous books in the series may be surprised at the genuine sentiment in a few scenes. There are actual hugs, and there's a deeply touching conversation with a very unlikely person. ... Timmy Failure is a classic antihero: Some readers will be drawn to the book because of him; others will be drawn to it in spite of him.
—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Chelsea Couillard-Smith
Pastis’ third entry in his “Timmy Failure” series will please young fans and draw in new readers. Timmy and his imaginary polar bear, Total, are Total Failure, Inc., a detective agency that claims to “have solved most of the world’s crimes.” Timmy is on the prowl for a new mystery, but he’s also on probation at school due to a previous incident that ended with a tree stump through the principal’s window. Despite his mother’s warnings to focus on his schoolwork, particularly the nature project that counts for half of his grade, Timmy accepts a detective job to locate the mythical ‘Miracle Project’ a completed nature project from a previous year that is rumored to have received an A+++++. Multiple classmates, including Timmy himself, are hoping to use the ‘Miracle Report’ as a shortcut to a good grade. But Timmy’s enemy, Corrina Corrina, is on the case as well, and there’s also overachiever Scutaro Holmes to contend with. Will Timmy be able to locate the project before it falls into enemy hands, or will Principal Scrimshaw end his investigation before it begins? Readers new to Timmy’s adventures will be quickly brought up to speed on the basics of his world. Timmy’s overly dramatic narrative voice and Pastis’ ink cartoons provide plenty of moments of droll humor. It’s refreshing to see many of the adults in his life remaining patient and understanding with him in spite of his being so snarky and sarcastic. Surprisingly, many of Timmy’s classmates are determined to befriend him when most of what he says is either mean-spirited or meaningless to anyone not privy to his internal monologue. Still, fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will enjoy the laughs and the realistic classroom dynamics and will find the hapless Timmy to be a kindred spirit. Reviewer: Chelsea Couillard-Smith; Ages 8 to 11.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-06
This is a book about very nice people. None of them is Timmy Failure. The main character in a children's book is often the kindest, most heroic person in the story, but not here. Timmy spends his time in class drawing insulting baseball cards with pictures of his classmates. Molly Moskins has a crush on Timmy. Her baseball card says, "Characteristics: Mismatched pupils. Smells like tangerine." His best friend's card says, "Boring." In spite of that, his friends go out of their way to help him, and a good-natured teacher even asks if Timmy will draw him on a baseball card. (His card has only one word on the back: "Nosy.") Some readers will lose patience with Timmy, and they may even wonder if the book would be better with someone else as the main character. But there are several moments where Timmy is unironically sweet. Anyone familiar with the previous books in the series may be surprised at the genuine sentiment in a few scenes. There are actual hugs, and there's a deeply touching conversation with a very unlikely person. (Her baseball card says, "Occupation: Evil.") Timmy Failure is a classic antihero: Some readers will be drawn to the book because of him; others will be drawn to it in spite of him. (Comic mystery. 8-12)
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 3–7—Timmy Failure is back along with his business partner, Total, a 1,500 pound polar bear; the tangerine scented "criminal mastermind" Molly Moskins; his best friend, Rollo Toukas; and his arch nemesis Corrina, Corrina. When readers catch up with Timmy this time around, he has been placed on academic probation and the one thing that can save him is the infamous Miracle Report. A report of legend, for it is the only time an assignment has received an "A +++++." Timmy gets paired with the Beast (aka Corrina, Corrina) as his report partner, his mother is dating his little league coach, an evil cat and dog duo are staying in his apartment, and to top it all off, the Scum Bolo Chihuahua that eats children lives in the redwood forest where Timmy has to go for a field trip. Pastis's lovely balance of quirky cartooning and quick-moving text makes this an enjoyable, laugh-out-loud read. Highly recommended for kids who love Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes," Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" Rachel Renée Russell's or "Dork Diaries." This book and the entire series are a perfect go-to for reluctant readers.—Krishna Grady, Darien Library, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763673758
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Series:
Timmy Failure Series , #3
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
166,877
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Stephan Pastis is the creator of the New York Times bestseller Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made and its first sequel, Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done, as well as Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than seven hundred newspapers and boasts a devoted following. He lives in northern California.

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We Meet Again 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this so bad Timmy failure is ruined
pk1CA More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for the school library. The students loved the first two Timmy Failure books and were so excited that the librarian was going to get #3 to read to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I met this author at childrens hospital. He made my son feel very special. He loved the book too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me no no like by villeger #4
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Review by Isaac V, age 8, Hawaii Mensa Timmy Failure is a boy detective who lives with his mother in an apartment building. He was expelled from school, but is allowed to return on a probationary basis. At school, one of the students hires him to find the Miracle Report,” a report that received an A++++ grade. Timmy’s quest for this report gets him involved in many entertaining situations! Though there are some hard words in this book, the pictures made it fun to read. Timmy can be naughty, but he also seems to mature in this book. He learns how to sleep overnight at camp and his friend’s home and I like how he becomes nicer to his friends throughout the book. My favorite part was when the cat got caught in the vending machine and Timmy figured out how to rescue it! I also loved the picture of Timmy riding on the Roomba! I think that kids my age will really like the funny drawings and stories in this book.