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

Written by Stephan Pastis

Illustrated by Stephan Pastis

Part of the Timmy Failure Series

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

Crime / Mystery Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Humorous Recommended Children's eBooks Star Books

Comic adventures of the best worst detective in the world

October 2018 Book of the Month | One of our 2018 Books of the Year

The Timmy Failure books are works of absolute comic genius and Stephan Pastis succeeds with each new story in making the adventures of Timmy and his sidekick Total the polar bear funnier, even more satisfying, and still more poignant; never more so than this the last in the series. Timmy has decided to retire from detective work but has a new project: he’s writing the script for his form’s Christmas film show, and has decided it will chronicle his own greatness. Meanwhile he is also negotiating a new relationship with his dad, now permanently on the scene, and helping reunite Total with his long lost polar bear family. The gap between what’s real and what’s real in Timmy’s imagination has never been more acute, or more affecting. The story will have readers crying with laughter, while the ending may well bring tears of a different kind. Totally great.

Andrea Reece

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

The Timmy Failure finale. 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 "artistic differences", and Timmy's polar bear Total is longing to be reunited with his furry family. Timmy should have known it would end like this.

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. What's more, my father is in town, working at a bar, which is obviously just a cover for our father-son crime-fighting partnership. And my dim-witted polar bear business partner, Total, wants to be reunited with his family. I should have known it would end like this. I expected more.

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

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  • Iulia Motoc, Age 11 - 'In this great, humorous and exciting book Timmy Failure goes on an adventure to find his polar bear business partner's brother. Timmy even writes a play and has his first Christmas with his dad.'
  • Mark and Charlotte Dunn, Ages 8 and 11 - 'The last and the best! Timmy Failure is just as funny, just as deluded and just as hopeless as he has ever been. He is determined and confident in whatever he does and just makes us smile and laugh!'
  • Rob Anderson, Age 8 - 'A hilarious book with brilliantly funny illustrations.'

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

Praise for the series;

The best worst detective Timmy Failure returns for a sixth adventure.   The Bookseller

Everyone's favourite best worst detective is back in the sixth book of this bestselling series.   Parent Talk 

[...] won me over. Failure is not just another Wimpy Kid, but a deluded, megalomaniacal child detective. Pastis milks these traits for every drop of comedy value.  Observer

This inspired book will prompt outbursts of laughter.  The Sunday Times 100 Children’s Modern Classics

A brilliantly bad detective. Guardian

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ISBN: 9781406382785
Publication date: 27/09/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406382785
Publication date: 27th September 2018
Author: Stephan Pastis
Illustrator: Stephan Pastis
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Family / Home Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children, Star Books

About Stephan Pastis

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. Read more about the author here.   Photo by Susan Young

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