Beginning Pearls by Stephan Pastis
  

Synopsis

Beginning Pearls by Stephan Pastis

Fans of Pearls Before Swineknow that, in addition to being hilarious, it can be outrageous and even controversial. Death, marriage, more death-is this comic for kids? By focusing on strips that feature death but not fatalism, strips that are about friendship but not adult relationships, and strips that avoid some pop-culture references and purely adult concerns, this collection shows that, yes, this comic is for kids! A large segment of the tween and young teen audience loves dark humour (think back to the Lemony Snicket phenomenon and all the copycat books) and the undying vampire genre in books, television, and film. Frankly, it's open season on death as a topic as far as today's youth media is concerned. Since the earliest fairy tales first introduced wickedly self-obsessed stepmothers, children's literature has provided a safe way for young readers to experience less-than-rosy thoughts and feelings. Pearls Before Swine's memorable characters are in fine company and are on target. Besides, they're downright funny-and that's something all ages can appreciate!

About the Author

Stephan Pastis

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

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
224 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Stephan Pastis
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Author's Website

www.timmyfailure.com

Publisher

Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publication date

18th July 2013

ISBN

9781449423032


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