Mistakes Were Made (Timmy Failure Series #1)

Mistakes Were Made (Timmy Failure Series #1)

by Stephan Pastis


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“An endearingly pathetic antihero with delusions of greatness. . . . Seldom has failure been so likable — or so funny.” — The Wall Street Journal

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, and what you have is Total Failure, Inc. From the offbeat creator of Pearls Before Swine comes an endearingly bumbling hero in a hilarious caper accompanied by a whodunit twist. With perfectly paced visual humor, Stephan Pastis gets readers 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 that truly stands apart from the pack.

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ISBN-13: 9780763669270
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Series: Timmy Failure Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 29,469
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Timmy Failure is a winner!
—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Pastis has assembled an eccentric and funny cast (running gags revolve around Total’s voracious appetite and a librarian who looks like one of the Hells Angels), yet there are also touching interactions to be found...
—Publishers Weekly

…Readers should be simultaneously amused and touched by this quirky antihero.

The Pearls Before Swine cartoonist’s frequent black-and-white illustrations help to cast Timmy’s adventure in an appropriately ironic light. Timmy… has greatness in him. Just like all of us.
—Kirkus Reviews

Pastis crafts a great story starring an unforgettable protagonist whose unorthodox approach to detective work (and world domination) will have readers in stitches. For Timmy Failure, success is the only option!
—Lincoln Peirce, creator of the Big Nate series

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Mistakes Were Made 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Timmy Failure is a book about a boy with the same name who runs a detective agency with his pet polar bear, Total. He thinks that he is a really great private investigator with excellent problem solving skills, but he is always getting into trouble and never solving any of his clients’ mysteries. He’s also doing poorly in school, so basically he is a “total failure” at everything that he does, which just so happens to be the name of his business; The Total Failure Detective Agency. His best friend, Rollo, tries to help him in school and in solving his cases, but Timmy never takes any of his advice. His arch nemesis, Corrina Corrina, also runs a detective agency, and she does a much better job at it. My favorite part of the book is when Timmy uses his mom’s Segway without permission and he must get it back before she realizes it’s gone. Instead of just telling her the truth, he comes up with some crazy, and funny, ways to try to find it and bring it home. This book is filled with lots of puns, plays on words, and hilarious situations that kids would find laugh out loud funny! Its humor reminds me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I laughed a lot while reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves silly humor! I give this book 4 and a half stars because Timmy used the word idiot to describe his best friend. The book earns a big happy face! I liked Timmy Failure and Rollo! Review by Scott W., age 7, Central South Carolina Mensa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really funny and the drawings were great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 10 yr old is an avid reader & loves this book.  It's not very challenging for him but sometimes it's okay for a child to read just for the FUN OF READING! (It's a.r. level 3.8 & my son is on a 6.0 level)  He finds this book HILARIOUS & has started trying to sketch the characters himself.  He's been chatting with me about his favorite parts as he's reading the book.  It's been a great experience & we are looking forward to the next book in this series.
nook-a-look More than 1 year ago
My 14 year old son and I LOVED this book. I often laughed so hard I cried while reading it. This book is so well written that anyone including adults will enjoy it. I loved the character's names as well as the mindset of Timmy. His mother is a saint. You can't help but stop while you are reading this book to say "What is with this kid?" Even though the main character is a boy, there are also very interesting girl characters. We are looking forward to Timmy Failure's next story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  I was laughing the whole time and have now passed it on to my 5th grade students.  They can't wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Timmy and Total, a fun read for kids, and grown-up kids! If you have a "reluctant reader", Timmy Failure will change that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 8 year old can't get enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Timmy is a detective. He thinks he is the best but he is a bad detective
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yugioh More than 1 year ago
This amazing book made me like it so much I read the book until it was 10 o'clock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Stephan Pastis' comic strip. As an adult, enjoyed the 50 pages I read before giving it as a gift to my grandson. But some of the attempts at humor remind me of many of the rat character's humor in the comic strip--which is to pick on others. Not sure I want to encourage that needlessly. I may send a review again when I get his take on it but if I had not promised him it was coming, I might not have handed it over.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Stephan Pastis's Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is not a failure! Timmy delights readers with his experience as one of the best detectives in the world. He lays it all out from his questionable sleuthing skills to silly mishaps at home and school. Timmy Failure is dead set on building his business into a detective agency empire, but he is not without trials: one being his lazy partner Total, who is also a polar bear, and others being his idiot best friend Rollo and his evil rival Corinna Corinna. How Timmy describes those around him is almost so exaggerated you might wonder what's wrong with him. Timmy has a very strong voice which actually surprised me since he's an eleven-year-old. He expresses his opinions very decidedly. I find that his peculiar personality adds to his story's humor and helps readers understand where his super self-confidence comes from. Then, of course, there are the illustrations that provide further detail for whatever crazy plan goes wrong. Those drawings are like an extension of Timmy's voice and just as comical. Pastis hits the mark when it comes to providing humorous entertainment for the middle grade age group. It's a big plus that adults and older teens will enjoy Timmy's antics as well. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is the just the first installment in Stephan Pastis's debut series and the hilarious plot will surely tide you over until the next! *Book provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review*