- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 520 (What's this?)
- Series: Timmy Failure (Book 1)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (April 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076366927X
- ISBN-13: 978-0763669270
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 246 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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...
…Readers should be simultaneously amused and touched by this quirky antihero.
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.
Pastis, the creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, brings a wonderfully droll and playful humor to a younger audience, balancing more straightforward gags with bits of irony and sarcasm. The wide-eyed figures that populate Pastis’ pen and ink illustrations have a delightfully peculiar, coiled energy...but there’s a nice emotional element to Timmy’s relationship with his struggling single mom, and readers will find a few moments of poignancy amidst all the laughs.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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
It is, without a doubt, the best of the cartoonist fare...completely and utterly understanding its genre, its pacing, and the importance of leveling humor with down-to-earth human problems...Top notch stuff.
—A Fuse #8 Production
In his first foray into children's books, writer/cartoonist Stephan Pastis takes his befuddled character on a "rigorously fact-checked" series of misadventures that will delight kids and elicit more than a few chuckles from any adults lucky enough to read along.
—Bookpage Children's Corner
Timmy Failure is truly a book for all ages—older readers will love unraveling Timmy’s personal story and younger readers will be thoroughly entertained by his sloppy sleuthing skills.
Readers will quickly take to Timmy Failure, an unreliable narrator to stand alongside such antiheroes as Charlie Brown and Greg Heffley.
If this book doesn't make readers double over with laughter, then nothing will. Loaded with illustrations that are equally as hilarious as the story, this one is a guaranteed winner.
—Pocono Record (syndicated from Kendal Rautzhan)
Seldom has failure been so likable—or so funny.
—The Wall Street Journal
With its high-low mix of humor and surprisingly sophisticated storytelling...“Failure” is anything but.
If 'Timmy Failure' was just a loose-knit story about an elementary school detective, it would still be hilarious. But Timmy's struggles and insecurities lend surprising depth. ... Laugh out loud funny. A great new hero.
—The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Stephan Pastis is the creator of the New York Times bestseller Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made and its three sequels, as well as the acclaimed comic strip Pearls Before Swine. He lives in northern California.
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I absolutely refuse to sugarcoat this review but this book was three parts incredible and twelve parts amazing. The characters were enjoyable, the writing was clever and comical, and the storyline was stellar. This was a book that anyone with a good sense of humor will enjoy at any age. One of the more cohesive aspects, to me, was the dialogue. I found it overwhelmingly believable, even if Timmy sometimes spoke to an intellectual level that would normally seem a little out of reach for his age--it was his character that made it believable and subsequently hilarious.
Even though the main rivalry in the book seems a bit one-sided, Timmy more than makes up for it by his most astute observations. He also makes up for the antics of his polar bear partner who seems to get in the way more often than he helps. Timmy Failure is quickly on his path to greatness, though he would probably argue he's already most of the way there.
In all honesty, this book made me laugh out loud on a consistent basis. I simply could not put it down. And it's because of all these reasons that Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is the most exciting series I've ever cracked into and even though I do not know when book No. 2 will be written/made available to the general public, it will be all I desire until I can have it. As a future teacher, and hopefully a future parent, this book is not only great for entertaining children of all ages, it's also loaded with tremendous potential for engaging mini-lessons that students will enjoy doing!
You will not regret getting this book. I am an 11 year old boy who loves this book. I finished this book in a couple days, the pictures are great and you will find this book super interesting. I guarantee you will love this book. This book is always enjoyable and upbeat.