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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made [Kindle Edition]

Stephan Pasti

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Timmy Failure is a winner!--Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy KidPastis 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.--BooklistThe 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 ReviewsPastis 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


Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the "best" detective agency in town – Total Failure, Inc. Timmy may only be eleven, but with the help of his polar bear, Total, he already has plans for world domination. Plans that will make his mother rich and unpaid bills a thing of the past. And plans that will defeat Corrina Corrina, "The One Whose Name Shall Not Be Uttered". But she's not going away. Riotously funny, Timmy Failure is sure to have readers in stitches.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 24467 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Walker (28. Februar 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Amazing Debut Novel That's Perfect For All Ages 26. Februar 2013
Von Jonathan Balofsky - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is the debut novel from Stephan Pastis, creator of the amazing comic strip Pearls Before Swine. While his comic might not be all ages material this book sure is. The characters are fun and well written with an engaging plot. Timmy Failure ( yes that's his name) is an ambitious boy who wants to run a detective agency to get money to help his mother but has competition from his rivals ( and other reasons). He gets some help from his partner, a polar bear named Total in forming Total Failure. With a name like that what can go wrong?

From the very first line the book draws you in and makes you fall in love with its universe and the writing only gets stronger from there. This has been described as the next diary of a wimpy kid and as a cross between diary and calvin and hobbes and the influence of the latter on Pastis is undeniable as seen in the protagonist, who has many qualities shared by Calvin ( He has noted the influence himself several times in the past). Personally I think the book is its own thing and can stand on its own merits.

While there are quite a few plot threads that seem to get dropped without much explanation, readers will still be satisfied. While this is a kids book officially, it is really for all ages as adults will appreciate some parts that kids might not.

Timmy is a protagonist who is an outsider of sorts but comments on the adult world in a way that anyone who is frustrated can relate to. The unreliable narrator in fiction is not always done well but Pastis nails it here.

All in all a great novel for kids nine and up and for adults and teens as well.

Happy reading!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The latest reason why I'm about to buy a segway...or a polar bear. 24. März 2013
Von Jason L. Miller - Veröffentlicht auf
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Okay, so let me begin by mentioning my age and my interest in reading this book. I'm 24 and about a year off from being the greatest elementary teacher the world has ever seen! This past year or so I've been reading books to stock my classroom library with for my students to read. Also, to note, I've just become an avid reader and the only books of interest at the moment are the ones I will one day have available for my students. Okay, now for the review.

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!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My 8 year old says it's "un-put-down-able" 3. März 2013
Von Brenda - Veröffentlicht auf
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The book is in 60 chapters of a few pages each, so it's easy to read. But it has plenty of vocabulary building words (obscured, recidivism, etc.). I bought it for my 8 year old daughter who read it in one day.

I think it will depend on a kid's sense of humor whether they love the book or don't really "get it." The main character is basically a clueless weirdo. If your kid really loves comic strips or books like "Dork Diaries" I think they are really likely to love this book. My 12 year old daughter read a few pages and didn't care for it. I think kids as young as 5 who are strong readers might enjoy this book with some help from their parents.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen How can you not love a book that contains lines like “Emily Dickinson: Crusher of Things with Her Fist” 27. Februar 2013
Von E. R. Bird - Veröffentlicht auf
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Call it the attack of the syndicated cartoonists. For whatever reason, in the year 2013 we are seeing droves of escapees from the comic strip pages leaping from the burning remains of the newspaper industry into the slightly less volatile world of books for kids. How different could it be, right? As a result you’ve The Odd Squad by Michael Fry (Over the Hedge) and Zits Chillax by Jerry Scott (Zits). Even editorial cartoonists are getting in on the act with Pulitzer prize winner Matt Davies and his picture book Ben Rides On. In the old days it was usually animators, greeting card designers, and Magic the Gathering illustrators who joined the children’s book fray. But now with graphic novels getting better than ever and libraries willing to buy the bloody things, the world has been made safe for cartoonists too. Into this state of affairs comes Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. It is, without a doubt, the best of the cartoonist fare (author Stephan Pastis is the man behind the strip Pearls Before Swine), completely and utterly understanding its genre, its pacing, and the importance of leveling humor with down-to-earth human problems. Funnier than it deserves to be, here’s the book to hand the kind who has been told to read something with an unreliable narrator. Trust me, you’ll be the kid’s best friend if you give them this.

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.

I am a grown woman with a child of my own. I am an adult. I pay bills and watch Masterpiece Theater. In other words, my grown-up cred is in place. That said, I can’t tell you how many debates I’ve already had with folks over whether or not Timmy’s darn polar bear is real or not. My husband claims that the bear is a manifestation of Timmy’s break with reality in the same way that Hobbes seemed to walk around in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. I like to point out that Hobbes had an actual physical form as a stuffed tiger and where precisely is the stuffed polar bear in all this? Maybe I have a hard time acknowledging the fact that Total isn’t real because if that’s true then Timmy’s life is even sadder than I initially thought.

Because, you see, that’s the real joy of Timmy Failure; the misery. On the one hand we are meant to yell and scream at our oblivious hero and to mock him for his inability to face reality. On the other hand, when you see how sad his life is, you cannot help but feel for him. That poignancy almost makes it funny again. His mom, for example, is single and holding down a low-income job as best she can. It’s not her fault her kiddo is as detached from the world around him as he is. And Timmy, truth be told, pretends to be a detective mostly because he wants to give his mom a better life. His bravado is hiding some pretty desperate hopes and dreams. You get glimpses past that bravado from time to time, and those are the moments that lift the book up and out of the world of pseudo-Diary of a Wimpy Kid notebook novel knock-offs that clog library and bookseller shelves. For example, there’s one moment when Timmy’s mom cuddles him then blows into his ear because he finds it funny. He objects in his usual staunch way then . . . “Do it again”. The book also dares to take potshots at folks who might actually deserve it. Timmy’s teacher has checked out of teaching long since. He’s the kind of guy who hasn’t cared about what he’s doing in years. Should’ve retired a decade or more ago. When you see that, can you help but love the hell Timmy drags him through?

I wonder to myself how far kids will go to believe Timmy. The book sets you up pretty early to understand how unreliable he is but there may be times when gullible readers believe what he says. They might actually think that Flo the librarian (a guy who looks like he’d be more comfortable pounding rocks on a chain gang than running a library) really does read books about crushing things with your fists. All the more reason Timmy is confused when he catches the man reading Emily Dickinson. “And if she can crush things with her fist, her photo is somewhat misleading.”

In the course of any of this have I actually mentioned that the book is guffaw-worthy? Laugh-out-loud funny? Look, any book where the main character reasons that since the name “Chang” is the most common in the world he should automatically fill it in on all his test papers because the odds would be with him has my interest. Add in the fact that you’ve titles of chapters with names like, “You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile” (well played, Pastis) and visual moments where Timmy is holding a box of rice krispie treats above his head ala Say Anything. Clearly this is adult humor, but when he hits it on the kid level (which is all the time) the readers will be rolling.

The art is, of course, sublime. Look at Timmy himself if you don’t believe me. On the cover of the book he looks pretty okay but turn the pages and there’s definitely something a little bit off about him. Did you figure out what it was? Look at his eyes. With the greatest of care Pastis has places one pupil dead in the center of Timmy’s eye and the in the other eye the pupil is juuuuuuuuust barely off-center. It’s not the kind of thing you’d necessarily notice consciously. You’d just be left with the clear sense that there’s something off about this kid. Then there’s the fact that all the characters are often staring right at you. Right in the eye. It reminded me of Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back. Same school play feel. Same wary characters.

It should be of little surprise that the guy behind the Pearls Before Swine comic strip should also produce some fan-tastic animals. My favorite is Senor Burrito, a cat who dunks her paw into Timmy’s tea whenever he turns his head. The image of her sitting there, one paw well past her elbow in a teacup, is so good I’d rip it out of the book and frame it if I could justify the act of defacement.

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.

For ages 9-12.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Hit With 4th Graders 3. April 2013
Von N. Bilmes - Veröffentlicht auf
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The kids in my class like this book a lot. There is actually a waiting list in my classroom posted on the board so the kids know who will be reading my one copy next.

As for the book itself, the plot is insane, the pictures are mediocre, and the main character is an absolute weirdo. He's a smart kid with no concept of reality (is the polar bear real, or is it like Hobbes?) as he goes from one misadventure to the next.

There are some absolutely hilarious bits mixed in with some absolutely awkward ones, but for me the bottom line is that some of my reluctant readers have really embraced the story and are loving the book.
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