Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

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The hilarious and ever-optimistic Timmy Failure, and his sidekick polar bear, Total, create chaos as they attempt to make sense of the world in the first book in the New York Times bestselling series.

Perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is the first book in the New York Times bestselling series. Listed as one of 100 Children's Modern Classics by The Sunday Times, it was also a Book Trust Best Book Awards winner.

Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the "best" detective agency in town - Total Failure, Inc. With the help of his polar bear, Total, the clueless, comically self-confident Timmy 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.
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 294g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1406347876
  • 9781406347876
  • 14,293

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Young readers will enjoy spotting Timmy's rookie errors which are wittily conveyed in both the words and the engaging illustrations -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4kids.co.uk * A fabulously fun read.
Original and quirky, with real heart. -- Philip Ardagh * Guardian * With hilarious comic strip illustrations, Timmy Failure is set to be the latest hot read for 9-12 year olds. * Booktrust * There's plenty to enjoy in this very funny story. * Primary Times * You're sure to find yourself laughing out loud on every page * First News * Laugh-out-loud funny * Inis * It's a truly laugh-out-loud book which will enthrall its young readers as well as their parents during bedtime reading * We Love This Book * This ironic, knowing, inspired book will prompt constant laughter -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * Stephan Pastis's series about the world's worst detective is my favourite Diary of a Wimpy kid spin-off -- Lorna Bradbury * The Telegraph * Riotously funny, this is essential reading for all ace detectives * The Publisher's Association's Best New Children's Books Summer 2014, The Guardian * The funniest yet are the ironic and knowing Timmy Failure books. . . the book is full of good jokes, and often it is the images that provide hilarious punchlines. The tender-hearted may feel sad for Timmy in the rather poignant self-delusions that bolster his own self-esteem, but for most readers this inspired book will prompt regular outbursts of laughter. -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * The humour and illustrations make this book ideal for children who are developing their reading skills, as well as fans of Wimpy Kid - and adults who like a giggle! * Reading Zone * I would give this book five out of five, because it is an imaginative, humorous and at times thrilling book. The cartoons helped me keep track of the story and provided me with even more giggles! I thoroughly enjoyed how serious Timmy was compared to Molly who was bouncy, energetic and outgoing. -- Young Reviewer * The Guardian Online * If you love diary-type books you will love Timmy Failure! There is something funny in every chapter and I can't wait to read the next one. -- Young Reviewer * Totally Tween * Timmy Failure is not like any other comedy book. It's a book that actually makes you laugh out loud, not giggle in your head! [...] I read this book in about two hours overall because the story flows so well and it is just a very easy read, plus you're just hooked from the start. It also has amazing illustrations, making this story perfect for anyone who wants the pleasure of pictures and not just words. -- Young Reviewer * Totally Tween * I read Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis recently, and it's so funny I want other people to read it too. [...] I would recommend this for young readers who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. * The Week Junior *
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About Stephan Pastis

Stephan Pastis is the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done, Timmy Failure: We Meet Again and Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made was a 2014 Book Trust Best Book Awards winner and listed as one of 100 Children's Modern Classics by The Sunday Times. Stephan is also the creator of the devoutly followed comic strip Pearls Before Swine, which appears in more than 700 newspapers worldwide. His compilation Larry in Wonderland debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback graphic novels. Stephan lives in northern California, USA.
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4,315 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 36% (1,534)
4 30% (1,295)
3 23% (1,001)
2 8% (330)
1 4% (155)
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