Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy_FailureMeet Timmy Failure – the clueless, comically self-confident boss of the best detective agency in town, probably the world – in Stephan Pastis' New York Times bestseller, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.

Add to the mix Timmy's impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total, throw in the Failuremobile (Timmy's mum's Segway) and what you have is Total Failure Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich that his mum won't have to worry about paying the bills anymore!

Of course, his plan doesn't include the "four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered". And it also doesn't include Rollo Tookus, who's so obsessed with getting into "Stanfurd" that he's incapable of carrying out the simplest of spy missions. Welcome to the laugh-out-loud world of Timmy Failure, great for readers of nine years up.

"Timmy is a detective who can take any mystery and make it more mysterious." – Stephan Pastis

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Here's what Timmy's fans say

"For Timmy Failure, success is the only option!" Lincoln Pierce, creator of Big Nate

"One of those laugh your head off and try not to be sick books." Charlie, aged 9, lovereading4kids.co.uk

"A fabulously fun read … original and quirky, with real heart." Philip Ardagh, Guardian

"Anyone who likes Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Mr Gum will like this book, I think it is even better." Ewan, Lovereading4kids.co.uk

"This book has the funniest illustrations ever and, no matter what, you’re sure to find yourself laughing out loud on every page." Joe, aged 10, First News

Get Inspired

Do your kids love drawing? Watch Timmy Failure creator and cartoonist Stephan Pastis draw the characters from his books here. For more fun activities and book trailers visit the Timmy Failure website

About the author  

Stephan _PastisStephan Pastis is the creator of Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than 600 newspapers and boasts a devoted following. Stephan spent many childhood hours by himself, drawing in his room. When Stephan wasn't drawing, he was spending time collecting baseball cards, his other childhood love. About entering the world of children's books for the first time, with Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Stephan says, "For me as a kid, I liked to laugh. And I'm hoping this book does that for both kids and their parents. I just really want to give them a story that has something humorous in every chapter." 

© Photo by Susan Young 


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