Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have

Stephan Pastis (Author)


Banishment from his life's calling can't keep a comically overconfident detective down in the latest episode by New York Times bestseller Stephan Pastis.

This book was never meant to exist. No one needs to know the details. Just know this: there's a Merry, a Larry, a missing tooth, and a teachers' strike that is crippling Timmy Failure's academic future. Worst of all, Timmy is banned from detective work. It's a conspiracy of buffoons. He recorded everything in his private notebook, but then the manuscript was stolen. If this book gets out, he will be grounded for life. Or maybe longer. And will Timmy's mom really marry Doorman Dave?

Product Details

$7.99  $7.35
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
September 10, 2019
5.2 X 0.8 X 8.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Stephan Pastis is the creator of the New York Times bestseller Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made and its four sequels, as well as the acclaimed comic strip Pearls Before Swine. He lives in northern California.


Cartoonist Pastis continues his heavily illustrated bestselling series with a fifth mystery that basically doesn't exist. Several chapter titles will be funny only to adults reading along, but the ample cartoons and clueless timfoolery will entertain all and sundry. Wittier than the Wimpy Kid and with a movie in the offing, the series can only gain fans.
--Kirkus Reviews

Timmy's behavior has never been willfully destructive, but in this case, he might be accused of trying to sabotage the wedding, or at least simply continuing to use detection as a means to impose his will on an often confounding world. Fans of this continually off-the-wall series can make the call.
--Booklist Online

Students will love the absurdity of Timmy and question his thought process while enjoying the humorous illustrations throughout the pages. Parents and teachers will enjoy the humor and comedic timing that Pastis is known for, not to mention the amount of high level vocabulary words he works in flawlessly. These titles won't stay on the shelves long!
--School Library Connection