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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471257363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471257360
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,422,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meet Timmy Failure, founder of the 'best' detective agency in town - Total Failure, Inc. With the help of his polar bear, Total, the clueless, comically self-confident Timmy 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. 'Readers should be simultaneously amused and touched by this quirky antihero' BOOKLIST

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ggogles on 31 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
As a big fan of Wimpy Kid, I was keen to give Timmy Failure a go, chiefly due to the the subtitle 'Mistakes Were Made', which really tickled me. I'm approaching my thirtieth birthday, and I'm fully aware that I am not the target audience for this book, but despite this, I'm pretty sure this is one of the greatest books ever! It made me laugh like a drain. Timmy himself is a wonderful character. He is pompous, stupid and incredibly delusional, but innocent and adorable in his own little way. The mix of snarky narration and crude illustrations (commonly the punchlines are in the pictures) make it ideal for the reluctant reader, whether they're nine or twenty-nine!
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By Theo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: Hardcover
Like a lot of the better children's literature, this is a book that can be read on at least two levels.

On the simplest level, it's a straightforward comedy about the bumbling misadventures of an unbelievably oblivious would-be boy-detective: a kind of grade-school Clouseau.

On a more adult level, it's... well, I wouldn't want to spoil it for you, so I'm going to put my take on what this book is really all about in a separate section with a SPOILER ALERT below. One thing I will mention, since I'm not telling you anything you won't have gleaned from even a glance at the other reviews anyway, is that it's quite touching just how many of this book's grown-up readers are deeply concerned by whether or not our boy-detective's "business partner" (a polar bear by the name of "Total") is supposed to be real. This tells you a lot about how gifted the author is at creating characters that even adults grow to care about.

Of course, a lot Timmy Failure's child readers will be picking up some, but not all of this book's very considerable subtext. I think that's a good thing: There's a lot to be said for giving children books where there's as much to find as the child is ready to see.

And now, the stuff that requires a SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER if you'd rather figure some things out for yourself.

In fact, if you haven't already read the book, I would actively discourage you from reading the rest of this review.

***

What caused me to add this section was that I was troubled by another review that claimed that this was a book without learning or growing. Respectfully, I have to disagree.

There is a great deal of learning and growing going on in this book. It's just left masterfully unstated.
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Format: Hardcover
Hi,I'm Soph,a school girl. My Grandad Donald bought me this book at Waterstones, Manchester, and I fell in love at first sight! I've read the whole book in three days, at school and at home when I had the chance. To me it is the best book in the universe, I sat in awe as I read it! I would recommend Timmy Failure to anyone. It is so good, even though it's American. So,if you can't fine the perfect book, then please try Timmy Failure, for I enjoyed it enormously! I bet that when you read Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, you won't be able to put it down just like I couldn't! As well as the written work, I adore the illustrations and the thought that has gone into this book so, when you read Timmy Failure, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
I can't wait for Stephan Pastis to bring out a Timmy Failure No.2.
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By Adina Casas on 16 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Now this one here is a VERY FUNNY book!! It's got LOL moments literally on every page. I am reading it together with my (7y.o.) son not because he is not able to read on his own, but because I want to enjoy the experience as well! It is true that the book is packed with some vigorous vocabulary novelties but that doesn't seem to stop us from enjoying it. The context seems to be enough to explain the new words and the new words are introduced by Timmy Failure himself, not by an adult narrator, which makes them part of the character rather than just unknown words. The chapters are short and meaty, the writer is really exploring his creative freedom. I am sure that certain images will stay with me for a long time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glasgow Dreamer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Pastis is without doubt the funniest cartoonist currently writing for the daily papers. His "Pearls Before Swine" strip, with its principal characters Pig, Rat, Goat, Zebra, and the idiotic, strangely-accented Crockydiles, has been a huge success, probably the funniest comic strip since the much-missed "Calvin and Hobbes".

Can he translate his talent into a more extended piece of prose?

I'm not sure. The first thing about this book is; who is it for? There is nothing on the cover or inside to indicate whether it is a children's book or an adult book. I suspect it's an attempt at a catch-all. On the surface, the story is simple enough for children to understand, but Pastis leaves a lot unsaid, which might only be picked up on by readers much older than those who would read it for the story itself. Also, many of the chapter titles are references to popular culture; song lyrics and titles, some of which are over thirty years old; oblique references to other strips, such as "Peanuts" and "Calvin and Hobbes"; old movie titles, etc. There's no point doing that if your readers are eight years old.

Maybe it's for "grown-ups" to read to younger children? That's a possibility, but if so, I think Pastis has slightly misjudged it - children who could comfortably follow this story, let alone pick up on some of the nuances, would probably be too old to have bedtime stories read to them.

There are illustrations on most pages throughout the book, similar in style to, but simpler than, the "Pearls" strips, and these were amusing enough, and hinted that it could be for kids, but again some of them also contained elements which children may not appreciate, or even notice.

None of that stopped me from enjoying the book.
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