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Timmy Failure

Mistakes Were Made

Pastis, Stephan

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Timmy Failure
Resolving to earn so much money that his mother will no longer stress out over the bills, eleven-year-old Timmy Failure launches a detective business with a lazy polar bear partner named Total but finds their enterprise "Total Failure, Inc." challenged by a college-bound spy and a four-foot-tall girl whom Timmy refuses to acknowledge.

Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0763660507
Characteristics: 294 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm


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Feb 28, 2015
  • ButterMan0 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was the best!
It is about an Kid, Timmy Failure, Who runs an detective agency with his business partner ,total, an polar bear! He is completely ignorant in every case he does and has to deal with school, his mom, His friend,AND Corrina Corrina, an detective who timmy thinks will stop at nothing to over run his business. It was an overall AWESOME book.

Sep 20, 2014
  • booklover109 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

awesome gotta read like lol

May 08, 2014

Good book and funny

Nov 07, 2013
  • deRougemont rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great fun! This is supposedly a children's book, but that is misleading. Anyone who enjoys the warped mind of Stephan Pastis, the creator of the "Pearls before Swine" comic strip, will delight in this romp. To be clear, this is a novel, intended for a juvenile audience, not a "Pearls" collection.

Aug 16, 2013
  • xlin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Timmy Failure is a marvelous combination of Calvin and Hobbes and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. While Timmy thinks his detective agency will become a huge success, he is completely ignorant of the fact that it is, well, a failure. GREAT BOOK!

May 28, 2013

"Timmy Failure knows he’s destined for greatness. So what if no one at school understands him, his best friend is an imaginary polar bear, and his detective business (Total Failure, Inc.-“we won’t fail, despite what the name says”) hasn’t quite taken off? Timmy’s confidence is unshakeable (even when it probably shouldn’t be), and readers will both giggle and cringe at his mystery-solving mishaps. If you enjoy the hilarious cartoon art and goofy yet sarcastic humour of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid books, don’t miss Timmy Failure." May 2013 Kids' Books newsletter

May 01, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm a sucker for a flawed, unreliable narrator, love understated, deadpan humor, and believe self-delusion is an unavoidable fact of life that should be embraced by all good stories, so it would seem that Timmy Failure has a winning formula for me since it has all three of these in abundance. Unfortunately, the humor never quite connected with my funny bone. I think it had something to do with how obviously hard Pastis works to make sure readers notice Timmy's failings and feel superior in response; a bold, neon, flashing effort that overwhelmed any other aspect of the character, tale, or telling for me. I appreciate the effort and think there is a good-sized audience that will have a sense of humor that gels perfectly with the author, but I was merely mildly amused.

Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLBarbaraL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a REALLY funny book! It reminded me a little of Wimpy Kid, but I liked it even better

Feb 04, 2013
  • jsmapr1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stephan Pastis is an amazing and hilarious cartoonist with a biting sarcastic sense of humor. His first book for kids has all of the sly wit of his comics.

Timmy is wonderfully oblivious while completely brilliant. Like Calvin he is the lovable trouble maker with an imagination that makes the world a much more interesting place.

Jan 30, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

When Seinfeld first came out the unofficial slogan was “No hugging. No learning.” If there’s a motto to be ascribed to Timmy Failure I may have to be “No learning. No growing. Hugs allowed.” Basically this is Calvin and Hobbes if Calvin’s fantasies were based entirely on how great he is. A step above the usual notebook novel fare, it dares to have a little bit of heart embedded amidst the madcap craziness. Timmy won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but for a certain segment of the population his adventures will prove to be precisely the kind of balm they need. Top notch stuff. A cut above the cartoons.


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Sep 13, 2013

The surname, Failure is a rather unfortunate one but it doesn't interfere with the success Timmy envisions having with his detective agency! When your business partner is a 1500 pound polar bear named Total and your transportation is a Segway and you have a business and marketing strategy how can you fail? Well, poor Timmy fails to see the obvious in every case; he imagines his arch-enemy detective, Corrina Corrina, is sabotaging his business and his attempts to ask for a $1200 business loan from his mom meet with, "Are you insane?" What is successful is the story's humour which is supported by some amusing cartoon drawings, superior vocabulary and an endorsement by
humour-master, Jeff Kinney!

Jan 30, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Meet Detective Failure. No, not really. Instead, meet Timmy Failure, just a normal kid with dreams so big they make Walter Mitty’s fantasies look like idle fancies. Living with just his single mom and his sidekick Total (a 1,500 pound polar bear but that’s neither here nor there), Timmy spends his days solving crimes for the other kids in his class. He may not be very good at it but it’s a living. Timmy’s sure his talents will launch him into a future of fame an fortune. That is, if he can defeat his nemesis Corrina Corrina, get his mom to stop grounding him, deal with the loser she’s dating, and figure out how to keep Total out of a zoo. It’s a big job. Fortunately, Timmy has a more than hefty ego to handle it.


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Jan 30, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Emily Dickinson: Crusher of Things with Her Fist”

Jan 30, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“It’s harder to drive a polar bear into somebody’s living room than you’d think.”


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Jan 30, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12


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