Timmy Failure

Timmy Failure

Mistakes Were Made

Book - 2013 | First edition
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Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763660505
0763660507
9780763669270
Branch Call Number: J FIC
Characteristics: 294 pages : illustrations 22 cm
Alternative Title: Mistakes were made

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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.


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ArapahoeSusan Jan 21, 2020

Coming to Disney+ in Feb 2020!

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oneeyedhorse
Oct 24, 2019

Super funny. My daughter, age 11, and I love these books! Nice to have fun and humorous books in the "J" section. Seems like there are too many death and destruction books for that age group.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

This book was awful.

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rojon
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.

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Vincent07
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.

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gekeler
Nov 04, 2015

My 4th grade son loves these books.

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lledomik
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.

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clouddragonfist
May 12, 2015

Lol! So funny

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ButterMan0
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.

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dobreh
Nov 13, 2017

dobreh thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 30, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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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!

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 30, 2013

Meet Detective Failure. No, not really. Instead, meet Timmy Failure, just a normal kid with dreams so big they make Walter Mitty’s fantasies look like idle fancies. Living with just his single mom and his sidekick Total (a 1,500 pound polar bear but that’s neither here nor there), Timmy spends his days solving crimes for the other kids in his class. He may not be very good at it but it’s a living. Timmy’s sure his talents will launch him into a future of fame an fortune. That is, if he can defeat his nemesis Corrina Corrina, get his mom to stop grounding him, deal with the loser she’s dating, and figure out how to keep Total out of a zoo. It’s a big job. Fortunately, Timmy has a more than hefty ego to handle it.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 30, 2013

“Emily Dickinson: Crusher of Things with Her Fist”

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jan 30, 2013

“It’s harder to drive a polar bear into somebody’s living room than you’d think.”

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