Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

By Stephan Pastis

The hilarious and ever-optimistic Timmy Failure, and his polar bear sidekick Total, create chaos as they attempt to make sense of the world in the first book in the New York Times bestselling series.

Riotously funny and perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and Barry Loser, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made has been listed as one of 100 Children's Modern Classics by The Sunday Times and was chosen for inclusion in Tom Fletcher's second book club. 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.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406381788
  • Published: 06 Jun 2019
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 304

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Customer reviews


'Young readers will enjoy spotting Timmy’s rookie errors which are wittily conveyed in both the words and the engaging illustrations' Lovereading4kids.co.uk

'A fabulously fun read. Original and quirky, with real heart.' Guardian

'With hilarious comic strip illustrations, Timmy Failure is set to be the latest hot read for 9-12 year olds.' Booktrust

'There’s plenty to enjoy in this very funny story.' Primary Times

'You’re sure to find yourself laughing out loud on every page' First News

'Laugh-out-loud funny' Inis

'It’s a truly laugh-out-loud book which will enthrall its young readers as well as their parents during bedtime reading' We Love This Book

'This ironic, knowing, inspired book will prompt constant laughter' The Sunday Times

'Stephan Pastis’s series about the world’s worst detective is my favourite Diary of a Wimpy kid spin-off' The Telegraph

'Riotously funny, this is essential reading for all ace detectives' The Publisher’s Association’s Best New Children’s Books Summer 2014, The Guardian

'The funniest yet are the ironic and knowing Timmy Failure books. . . the book is full of good jokes, and often it is the images that provide hilarious punchlines. The tender-hearted may feel sad for Timmy in the rather poignant self-delusions that bolster his own self-esteem, but for most readers this inspired book will prompt regular outbursts of laughter.' The Sunday Times

'The humour and illustrations make this book ideal for children who are developing their reading skills, as well as fans of Wimpy Kid - and adults who like a giggle!' Reading Zone

'I would give this book five out of five, because it is an imaginative, humorous and at times thrilling book. The cartoons helped me keep track of the story and provided me with even more giggles! I thoroughly enjoyed how serious Timmy was compared to Molly who was bouncy, energetic and outgoing.' The Guardian Online

'If you love diary-type books you will love Timmy Failure! There is something funny in every chapter and I can’t wait to read the next one.' Totally Tween

'Timmy Failure is not like any other comedy book. It's a book that actually makes you laugh out loud, not giggle in your head! […] I read this book in about two hours overall because the story flows so well and it is just a very easy read, plus you're just hooked from the start. It also has amazing illustrations, making this story perfect for anyone who wants the pleasure of pictures and not just words.' Totally Tween

'I read Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis recently, and it's so funny I want other people to read it too. [...] I would recommend this for young readers who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.' The Week Junior

'Featured in “You’re Quarantined and Your Kid Runs Out of Books to Read” in The New York Times.' The New York Times

'If you like Wimpy Kid or Tom Gates then you’’ love this. It’s one of my favourite books ever. Enjoy.' The Week Junior

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