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Stephan Pastis - Author

Stephan Pastis is the creator of Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than six hundred newspapers and boasts a devoted following. His 2011 compilation Larry in Wonderland debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback graphic novels. Timmy Failure was his first novel for young readers. He lives in northern California.

Where did the idea for Timmy Failure originate?
I wanted to create a character with a big blind spot. And Timmy’s is enormous. He is not
good at anything he does, and yet he thinks he’s the centre of the universe. I like working with characters like that. I think I made him a detective because in kids’ books, the boy detective is always so smart and clever. I wanted to turn that on its head.

Who is your favourite supporting character in the book?
Corrina Corrina. I like the fact that she’s the protagonist’s enemy but that she doesn’t even know that the protagonist is alive. Timmy’s just not a part of her everyday life. On the other hand, he is completely consumed with her.

What’s next for Timmy and Total?
Timmy will continue to try to conquer the universe. And he will fall short. And he will
blame it all on his polar bear.

“Timmy is a detective who cantake any mystery and make it more mysterious.”

Photo by Susan Young

Featured Books, with extracts, by Stephan Pastis

Reader ReviewedThe Book You're Not Supposed to Have
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: absurd comedy genius | Timmy Failure is the best worst detective in children's fiction, and a wonderful comic creation. In this adventure he's having to ply his trade very surreptitiously indeed – Mum has banned all detective work...
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Format: Hardback | Released 29/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure Sanitized for Your Protection
Stephan Pastis
‘To the best of my knowledge', announces Timmy Failure at the start of this book, in a chapter called Let's Do the Timmy Warp Again, ‘everyone on earth has now read the prior three volumes about my life.' That's one...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
Loveable world-class detective Timmy Failure is back for a new adventure. And his business partner and side-kick Total, a.k.a. the polar bear is with him, too. Timmy's problem is that not everyone – and certainly not those who try to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection
Stephan Pastis
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Alexander Bisland, aged 10 - October 2015 Book of the Month ‘To the best of my knowledge', announces Timmy...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/10/2015
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure Now Look What You've Done
Stephan Pastis
There is no end to the wisecracks and wit as the world's worst detective returns for a new adventure to follow up his best-selling experiences in Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. Timmy Failure, president of a world famous detective agency...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month Loveable world-class detective Timmy Failure is back for a new adventure. And his business partner and side-kick Total, a.k.a. the polar bear is with him, too. Timmy's problem is that not everyone –...
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Format: Hardback | Released 30/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure Mistakes Were Made
Stephan Pastis
Wimpy Kid fans will love this new boy-diary with a difference. Saddled with the name Timmy Failure, our narrator has clearly been dealt a tough hand. Luckily, he has a perky temperament and is not easily deflected from his ambitions....
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure Now Look What You've Done
Stephan Pastis
March 2014 Book of the Month There is no end to the wisecracks and wit as the world's worst detective returns for a new adventure to follow up his best-selling experiences in Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. Timmy Failure, president...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Stephan Pastis
March 2013 Book of the Month Wimpy Kid fans will love this new boy-diary with a difference. Saddled with the name Timmy Failure, our narrator has clearly been dealt a tough hand. Luckily, he has a perky temperament and is...
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Format: Hardback | Released 28/02/2013
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