Mistakes Were Made

Mistakes Were Made

Paperback - 2015
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Want to aspire to greatness? Check out this new edition of Timmy Failure's first adventure--featuring the bonus section "How to Draw Timmy and Total."

He may be clueless, but the comically self-confident Timmy Failure is CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Now Timmy's legion of fans are invited to set off on their own path to mastery with the help from Stephan Pastis. Added material includes step-by-step instructions on how to draw Timmy and his impressively lazy business partner, the polar bear Total--including a trick to making them both look a tiny bit nuts (hint: the secret is in the eyes). Even better, kids are invited to share the spotlight with Timmy by sending their drawings to his website, for a chance to be featured in the Timmy Failure Gallery of Greatness.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780763669270


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Eleven-year-old Timmy starts a detective agency called Total Failure, and his partner is a polar bear; what could go wrong? Part of a series.

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Aug 18, 2016

This was a very funny and cool book. I did not really like that it did not have much of a story but instead a lot of humor. I recommend this book for littler kids.

Jul 12, 2016

very good book

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

For ages 9-12. When a detective is named Failure and his sidekick is named Total, you’re guaranteed a hilarious detective story and I haven’t even mentioned that Total is a 1,500-pound polar bear.

Nov 04, 2015

My 4th grade son loves these books.

Jun 20, 2015

Sadly, I am no longer a child but fortunately you do not have to have youth on your side to enjoy this story. It is clever and entertaining on many levels. In fact there are some inferences that will only be properly enjoyed by an adult. I recommend it for a quick, light read for anyone aged 9 to 90.

May 12, 2015

Lol! So funny

Feb 28, 2015

This book was the best!
It is about an Kid, Timmy Failure, Who runs an detective agency with his business partner ,total, an polar bear! He is completely ignorant in every case he does and has to deal with school, his mom, His friend,AND Corrina Corrina, an detective who timmy thinks will stop at nothing to over run his business. It was an overall AWESOME book.

Sep 20, 2014

awesome gotta read like lol

May 08, 2014

Good book and funny

Nov 07, 2013

Great fun! This is supposedly a children's book, but that is misleading. Anyone who enjoys the warped mind of Stephan Pastis, the creator of the "Pearls before Swine" comic strip, will delight in this romp. To be clear, this is a novel, intended for a juvenile audience, not a "Pearls" collection.

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apladmin1 Sep 13, 2013

The surname, Failure is a rather unfortunate one but it doesn't interfere with the success Timmy envisions having with his detective agency! When your business partner is a 1500 pound polar bear named Total and your transportation is a Segway and you have a business and marketing strategy how can you fail? Well, poor Timmy fails to see the obvious in every case; he imagines his arch-enemy detective, Corrina Corrina, is sabotaging his business and his attempts to ask for a $1200 business loan from his mom meet with, "Are you insane?" What is successful is the story's humour which is supported by some amusing cartoon drawings, superior vocabulary and an endorsement by
humour-master, Jeff Kinney!


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