Now Look What You've Done: Timmy Failure
Candlewick, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his is why I don't normally read middle grade material, although, to be fair, I didn't make it to the end of this silly tale about a would-be juvenile detective who is a pint-size version of the infamous Inspector Jacques Couseau of
immy Failure, our aptly named PI, sets out to locate a globe taken from the school district superintendent's office and thus win a monetary reward. Along the way he is distracted by a number of other minor
and odd situations that have to do with his classmates and family.
sing first person, Stephen Pastis lets Timmy speak for himself and thus it doesn't take us long to realize that this young man is rather confused but very amusing in his own bizarre way.
hat's the operational word (bizarre) here for this 275 page novel that features a lot of cartoon images of Timmy and his friends. The story is totally ridiculous, but I discovered it does appeal to readers age eight and older who may not necessarily like more serious or realistic material. In fact, youngsters dubbed
seem to gravitate towards this character.
his is a series and a third Timmy Failure is planned for release later this year. I'm not sure I am ready for further exposure to this blundering detective, but I have a feeling there will be a whole slew of young people who will relish another Timmy encounter.
ote: Stephan Pastis is the creator of the
Pearls Before Swine
comic strip syndicated in over 700 newspapers.
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