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Apr 17 2013

Timmy Failure: Mistakes were made by Stephan Pastis

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Walker Books, 2013. ISBN 978 1 4063 3980 2.
(Age 10+) Recommended. Timmy Failure is a humorous story revolving around the main character, Timmy Failure, and his adventures as a detective. It is similar to the popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid and also includes diagrams and illustrations to enhance the diary style text. The chapters are easy to read and I would recommend it to boys, aged 10+, who are independent readers.
Timmy is a quirky young boy who works with a polar bear and dreams of being a famous detective. At the moment, he works out of his Mum's closet but he dreams of making it big and owning a fancy office! Initially, Timmy comes across as a rather ineffective detective but his outlook on life is quite funny. Readers will giggle at his antics, wonder how he can work with a polar bear and wonder how Timmy can't see the clues to help him solve a case. Is Timmy cut out to be a detective?
Kylie Kempster

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