Mistakes Were Made

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Candlewick Press, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 294 pages
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Meet "detective" Timmy Failure, star of the kids’ comedy of the year. Created by New York Times best-selling cartoonist Stephan Pastis.

Take Timmy Failure — the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile — Timmy’s mom’s Segway — and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t have to stress out about the bills anymore. Of course, Timmy’s plan does not include the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered. And it doesn’t include Rollo Tookus, who is so obsessed with getting into "Stanfurd" that he can’t carry out a no-brainer spy mission. From the offbeat creator of Pearls Before Swine comes an endearingly bumbling hero in a caper whose peerless hilarity is accompanied by a whodunit twist. With perfectly paced visual humor, Stephan Pastis gets you snorting with laughter, then slyly carries the joke a beat further — or sweetens it with an unexpected poignant moment — making this a comics-inspired story (the first in a new series) that truly stands apart from the pack.

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Review: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Timmy Failure #1)

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This was a funny, easy to read and great book. I recommend this book to all children from 8 to 16 years old but, i think it is a great book for all ages that are looking for a book that will get a couple of laughs out of them. Read full review

Review: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Timmy Failure #1)

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This book on a scale of 1 to 10 would be over 9,000 out of 10 because: even though he couldn't catch a kickball or even a frisbee very good, he was still a super cool character. Every part of the book seemed to scream "EVERYTHING IS AWESOME AND THAT INCLUDES ME!!!!!" Read full review

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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 #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback graphic novels. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is his first book for young readers. He lives in Northern California.

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