Stephan Pastis - Author

About the Author

Stephan Pastis is the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series. The first book, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, was a 2014 BookTrust 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, including the Metro. Stephan lives in northern California, USA.

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Pearls Takes a Wrong Turn A Pearls Before Swine Treasury

Pearls Takes a Wrong Turn A Pearls Before Swine Treasury

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR! In true Pearls Before Swine tradition, this treasury is full of Stephan Pastis's cynical humor, sharp wit, and clever commentary. Always together-and sometimes with their fellow funny-page characters-the regular Pearls clan weighs in on everything from modern technology to current events to human nature. All the members of the skewed gang are here as Zebra engages in a never-ending war of neighborly hate with the Crocs. As always, Goat offers a voice of reason amid the ongoing chaos that Pastis creates, either from behind the pen or as a character within the strip itself. Includes all cartoons from the collections You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck and Floundering Fathers.

Timmy Failure: It's the End When I Say It's the End

Timmy Failure: It's the End When I Say It's the End

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2018

Everyone's favourite best worst detective is back in the seventh, and final, book in the bestselling series that's perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates.Though I, Timmy Failure, have solved many notorious crimes and now wish to enjoy my retirement, my fans have begged me to turn my memoirs into a movie, an ode to my greatness. I am, however, beset by enemies, the worst of whom is Tom John John, the buffoonish movie director.It's nearly Christmas, but there's no rest for the world's greatest detective. Timmy's class are making a film, and Timmy is in charge of writing it. There's only one subject matter worthy of such a film - the story of how Timmy overcame his many foes to rise to the top. But the script's gone missing, Timmy and the director are having "e;artistic differences"e;, and Timmy's polar bear Total is longing to be reunited with his furry family. Timmy should have known it would end like this. He expected more.

Timmy Failure: It's the End When I Say It's the End

Timmy Failure: It's the End When I Say It's the End

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2018

Everyone's favourite best worst detective is back in the seventh, and final, book in the bestselling series that's perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates.Though I, Timmy Failure, have solved many notorious crimes and now wish to enjoy my retirement, my fans have begged me to turn my memoirs into a movie, an ode to my greatness. I am, however, beset by enemies, the worst of whom is Tom John John, the buffoonish movie director.It's nearly Christmas, but there's no rest for the world's greatest detective. Timmy's class are making a film, and Timmy is in charge of writing it. There's only one subject matter worthy of such a film - the story of how Timmy overcame his many foes to rise to the top. But the script's gone missing, Timmy and the director are having "e;artistic differences"e;, and Timmy's polar bear Total is longing to be reunited with his furry family. Timmy should have known it would end like this. He expected more.

Pearls Before Swine 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar

Pearls Before Swine 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Calendar Release Date: 01/09/2018

The Pearls Before Swine 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar: The President Needs to Stop Tweeting by Stephan Pastis is full of the warped humor and ridiculous puns that make Pearls Before Swine one of the funniest comic strips being published today. Each page of this daily calendar features the lunacy of Rat, Pig, Goat, and the Crocs, in a hilarious full-color Pearls Before Swine comic strip. And there's goofy spot art on every page. As an added bonus, the back of each page includes Daily Extra content such as puzzles, jokes, lists, quotes, activities, tips, and trivia.

Floundering Fathers A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Floundering Fathers A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/04/2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR! At its heart, Pearls Before Swine is the comic strip tale of two friends: an arrogant Rat who thinks he knows it all and a slow-witted Pig who doesn't know any better. Together, this pair offers caustic commentary on humanity's quest for the unattainable. Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams says that Pearls is one of the few comics that make me laugh out loud.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck A Pearls Before Swine Collection

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2017

We know it's coming. The telltale signs are all there: the oddly specific setup, the unusual word choice, and, just visible out of the corner of our eye, the final panel of Stephan sitting at his desk awaiting the chastisement of one of his characters. Somehow the pun still manages to elicit a groan larger than we expected. Fortunately for us-and for Stephan's job security-there are more than just puns in I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck. The entire Pearls Before Swine crew returns in some of the strip's most raucous cartoons yet. Rat tries his hand at public service as a judge and presidential candidate (he's accepting tips), Goat has a nasty run-in with Internet trolls (maybe it's time to get off social media), and Pig is dismayed to learn that there is no European city of Hamsterdam (much less a dam that holds back a river of hamsters). And like always, the Zebras can congratulate each other on a safe day and hope for a Croc-less tomorrow-in other words, the preys praise and pray.

Suit Your Selfie A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Suit Your Selfie A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2017

Even Rat cracks a smile in this fifth Pearls Before Swine collection tailored for middle-grade readers. Witty, wacky, and occasionally wise, Suit Your Selfie is more kid-friendly fun from the New York Times best-selling author of Timmy Failure.

Pearls Hogs the Road A Pearls Before Swine Treasury

Pearls Hogs the Road A Pearls Before Swine Treasury

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

The Pearls gang returns with characteristically misanthropic humor (but with more leather): no self-aggrandizing is too flagrant for Rat, no subject is too erudite for Goat, and no sensory input is too basic for Pig. All topics are fair game for Stephan Pastis and his brass-knuckle punch lines. Comic strip censors, apathetic baristas, and IRS employees are all strongly advised to laugh or get out of the way. Pearls Hogs the Road also features three comic strips illustrated by the legendary Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes, who ended a 19-year hiatus from the comics page to collaborate with Pastis.

Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants

Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 27/04/2017

In the sixth book in Stephan Pastis's New York Times bestselling series, Timmy is being threatened and must rely on his new partner to solve the mystery - and possibly save his life!Everyone's favourite best worst detective is back in Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants, the sixth book in the bestselling series that's perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates. Timmy is in Key West, Florida, ostensibly for the honeymoon of his mother and Doorman Dave - if they even got married, which Timmy doubts. Unfortunately for Timmy, crime doesn't take a holiday. And because Total has fled to Cuba, Timmy must rely on a new partner for help: Doorman Dave's nephew Emilio. Meanwhile, a surprise newcomer shows up in Timmy's life and, as if things couldn't get more hectic, Timmy's pants have been stolen by a six-toed cat.

Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have

Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2016

Timmy Failure returns once more in the fifth book in the New York Times bestselling series.Fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates will love the hilarious fifth instalment from Timmy Failure, aka the world's greatest detective.The only thing you need to know about Timmy's latest memoir is that it was never meant for publication. Timmy's detective log was stolen, and if this book gets out, Timmy will be grounded for life. Or maybe even longer. Because while Timmy was meant to be focusing on schoolwork, he was continuing his detective work in a garden shed. You don't need the details. Just know this: there's a Merry, a Larry, a missing tooth and a disappearing friend. But don't tell Timmy's mother!

When Crocs Fly A Pearls Before Swine Collection

When Crocs Fly A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

From Stephan Pastis, the New York Times best-selling author of Timmy Failure, comes the always hilarious cast of Pearls Before Swine in this fourth special collection for kids. Sure, crocs can fly . . . just not in the way you might expect. This spectacular feat usually involves an impenetrable wall, zip lines, gravity, and an appetizing zebra on the other side. In this collection of cartoons specially chosen for kids, the gang from Pearls Before Swine gets into adventures you have to see to believe. Join Rat and Pig-the brains and the pawn-as they attempt the first 3D comic; see what happens when the luckless crocs adopt two Oreos (penguins); and roll your eyes with Goat as tries desperately to keep his sanity in the midst of these antics. Warning: Flying (Falling) Crocs Ahead!

I'm Only in This for Me A Pearls Before Swine Collection

I'm Only in This for Me A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Are you tired of America's broken politics, tired partisan bickering, and really lame newspaper comics? Well, Stephan Pastis can't help you with the first two. But he, along with Rat, Pig, and the rest of the animal crew from Pearls Before Swine, voted the Most Reprehensible Comic Strip in the Continental U.S. by the League of Easily Offended and Unfunny Citizens*, are doing their best to make the American comic great again. In I'm Only in This for Me, the Pearls gang dares to tell the hard truths that the country needs to hear: the importance of prioritizing cheese over everything else, the sadly ignored capacity of bears to solve all of life's problems, and the crucial Recognition Gap between women in bars and semi-obscure cartoonists with delusions of grandeur. But beneath all the selfishness, absurdity, bungling crocs, and bazooka-wielding ducks, Rat, Pig, Goat, and Zebra continue to find that friendship can make life warmer, humor can make stupidity less annoying, and cheese really does make everything way, way better. Lastly, this collection features the triumphant return of a legendary comics icon: Stephan Pastis! (And also some weirdo named Bill Watterson.) *Not an actual group or award

Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection

Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2015

The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series sees Timmy Failure take to the road - with the usual disastrous consequences!Everyone's favourite kid detective is back in award-winning author Stephan Pastis's fourth book in the Timmy Failure series, perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Barry Loser. Shenanigans abound as Timmy Failure finds himself on a road trip with none other than notorious criminal Molly Moskins. Travelling halfway across the country to help your mother's boyfriend settle into his new job would be inconvenient for any detective, let alone the founder, president and CEO of Total Failure Inc, the world's greatest detective agency. Timmy has a case to solve, and nothing can stand in his way. If he is to arrest Corrina Corrina and solve the YIP YAP case, Timmy, his sidekick polar bear Total, and Molly Moskins must go on the run!

Skip School, Fly to Space A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Skip School, Fly to Space A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Skip School, Fly to Spacecontinues the ongoing repartee of this crazy cast of characters. The irascible Rat is housemates with the affable but innocent Pig, who bears the brunt of Rat's cynical tirades but never turns to the dark side himself. Friends Goat, the wise one, and Zebra, the one who is constantly being targeted by the ever-annoying but ever-hapless Crocs, are joined by a changing troupe, including Guard Duck and Snuffles, the angry cat. With cartoons selected especially for young readers, Skip School, Fly to Spaceis sure to entertain.

Timmy Failure: We Meet Again

Timmy Failure: We Meet Again

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2014

The third book in the New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series is sure to have readers laughing out loud once again at the madcap escapades of Timmy and his polar bear sidekick, Total.Perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Barry Loser, the third book in Stephan Pastis's bestselling Timmy Failure series sees Timmy striving for greatness once more - with unexpected consequences! Hilarious drawings add to the humour and make this book ideal for boys and girls aged 9+. Timmy's detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods are throwing him curveballs: for starters, he's on a trial period at school and to keep his place he has to get good grades and really behave. The fabled Miracle report will be the key to his success. It's dirty business. It's best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure - Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!

The Croc Ate My Homework A Pearls Before Swine Collection

The Croc Ate My Homework A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Always witty and clever, and sometimes irreverent, Pearls Before Swine's sarcastic take on life appeals to fans of all ages. In this second collection of cartoons specially chosen for young readers, the troupe of characters is back to entertain with dark humour and off-the-wall puns. Know-it-all Rat is always at the centre of the action, accompanied by slow-witted Pig who is innocently oblivious to most of Rat's jabs. Rounded out with high-browed Goat, the mild and vulnerable Zebra, and the hilariously inept Crocs, the cast is ready to provide hours of reading fun.

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 27/02/2014

The clueless, comically self-confident kid detective returns in a sequel to the New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made."e;When you lose hope, find it."e; -Timmy Failure. He doesn't like to pull rank. To reveal that he's this guy: Timmy Failure, founder, president and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town, probably the country, perhaps the world. But he is. And he's about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. And win the $500 prize, which will set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to cheat. Bamboozle. Hoodwink. Con. Defraud. So it's up to Timmy Failure, with the dubious help of Total, his lazy polar bear partner, and his unlikely new ally, eccentric Great Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these shenanigans. Defeat this injustice. And obliterate Timmy's arch-nemesis, the WEDGIE, aka the Worldwide Enemy of Da Goodness In Everything. If he can only get his entry form in on time.

Rat's Wars A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Rat's Wars A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2013

At its heart, Pearls Before Swine is the comic strip tale of two friends: an arrogant Rat who thinks he knows it all and a slow-witted Pig who doesn't know any better. Together, this pair offers caustic commentary on humanity's quest for the unattainable. Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams says that Pearls is one of the few comics that makes me laugh out loud.

Beginning Pearls

Beginning Pearls

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2013

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!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2013

The hilarious and ever-optimistic Timmy Failure, and his sidekick polar bear, Total, create chaos as they attempt to make sense of the world.Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the "e;best"e; 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, "e;The One Whose Name Shall Not Be Uttered"e;. But she's not going away. Riotously funny, Timmy Failure is sure to have readers in stitches.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Author: Stephan Pastis Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2013

The hilarious and ever-optimistic Timmy Failure, and his sidekick polar bear, Total, create chaos as they attempt to make sense of the world.Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the "e;best"e; 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, "e;The One Whose Name Shall Not Be Uttered"e;. But she's not going away. Riotously funny, Timmy Failure is sure to have readers in stitches.

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