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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Written by Stephan Pastis

Part of the Timmy Failure Series

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LoveReading View on Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

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 not easily deflected from his ambitions. Timmy founds Total Failure Inc, the best detective agency in town. Or is it??? Young readers will enjoy spotting Timmy’s rookie errors which are wittily conveyed in both the words and the engaging illustrations. 

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Timmy Failure a small number of  children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is really funny… Anyone who likes 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' or 'Mr Gum' will like this book, I think it is even better.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...

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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Synopsis

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 best 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, 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.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Press Reviews

James Wilson   a funny book to read.  I would definitely recommend this book to 9+ readers. Click here to read the full review   

Izzy Luck, age 10   I cannot fault it; the author has written an amazing children’s book...Click here to read the full review     

Ciara Gallagher,  10  I thought Timmy Failure was an excellent book it was very funny..Click here to read the full review         

Alexander Bisland, 7   The book is enjoyable, exciting, and hysterical. I loved it! I think it is good for boys and girls aged 8+. I give it 10/10.....Click here to read the full review   

Mary Murphy, age 12   The chapters are just the perfect length (shortish) and the illustrations are so funny, cool and detailed.....Click here to read the full review   

Callum Donnelly, 12   It is “a laugh out loud book” and I would recommend it to both boys and girls...Click here to read the full review   

Edward Parker, 9 - I really liked Timmy Failure because it is exciting, funny and veryentertaining.....Click here to read the full review   

Ewan Young, 9 - This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is really funny… Anyone who likes 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' or 'Mr Gum' will like this book, I think it is even better......Click here to read the full review   

Emily Clowes, 11 - Timmy Failure is an amusing book. I would highly recommend it for others to read. It is entertaining and keeps you busy when you get bored. It was brilliant!

drawing from reader review panelAdam Graham 9 - This story is a hilarious, fantastic, incredible, super-duper, out of this world exhilarating book. Nothing is as gripping as this, if you read it you will never want to put it down ever, ever, ever, ever, ever!!!!!!!!!!.(if you do you’re strange).

This will be the best ever book you will read – it will glue you to the page like cheese stuck to the carpet. Follow Timmy and Total as they run through a detective’s life until the business partners get split up: one to the zoo and the other imprisoned with homework, while their detective agency gets shut down by his mum.

Anyone who is 9+ and just loves comedy and horrific stories will adore this unbelievable adventure.

Charlie Upchurch, 9 -one of those “laugh your head off and try not to be sick” books...Click here to read the full review   

Lucy Minton, 9 -This book is also brilliant because it makes me laugh, and Timmy’s rubbish detective skills mixed with his assurance that he is ‘greatness personified’ makes a brilliant read....Click here to read the full review   

Benjy Randall, 9 - I would recommend the book to boys who like detective stories with a twist....Click here to read the full review   

Aaryan Sheth age 10 - This is a book for a younger reader (7 – 9 years) who want an easy read. I liked all the cartoons in it as they really helped set the scene. This is quite a funny book although there is a fine line between humour and silly humour. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book very much as it often goes over the fine line.  ..Click here to read the full review   

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ISBN: 9781406339819
Publication date: 28/02/2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406339819
Publication date: 28th February 2013
Author: Stephan Pastis
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

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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