Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis (2013)
With a blend of story and illustration reminiscent of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Stephan Pastis brings us Timmy Failure, a self-proclaimed “detective without peer” whose tender age is no match for his oversized ego. As Timmy attempts to solve the case of a classmate’s missing candy, hilariously overlooking even the most obvious clues, he quickly becomes embroiled in a mystery of his own making: What happened to his Mom’s Segway, the one he’d borrowed without permission, the one that has suddenly gone missing? In Timmy’s ideal world, nothing would interfere with his investigations and his detective agency would flourish. In Mistakes Were Made, Timmy must also overcome difficulties at school, competition from his arch-nemesis Corrina Corrina, and the advances of a lovesick classmate, and he does so… with his own unique flair!
Timmy’s epic self-confidence and outlandish antics will have middle grade readers laughing out loud, groaning in disbelief, and wondering whether Timmy’s 1500 lb. polar bear sidekick really exists. As this is book one in the series, fans will be thrilled to find three other Timmy Failure titles to check out at Prescott Public Library.