Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Review: Timmy Failure

At 6 years old Ben loves mystery and solving crime but trying to get him to look at this from anything other than a superhero punch up view is really difficult. I was happy therefore to discover the Timmy Failure books by Stephen Pastis which cover the founder of the "best" detective agency in town - Total Failure, Inc.

Ben loves it and keeps a copy of Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made on the breakfast table flicking through, laughing at the pictures and reading excerpts out to me.

This book is the first in the trilogy.  Timmy Failure is a clueless, comically self-confident CEO of a budding investigative empire, his lazy business partner is a very large polar bear named Total. Just who is the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered?  Why is it that Rollo Tookus, who is obsessed with getting into “Stanfurd”. cannot carry out a no-brain spy mission?  And what is it about Molly Moskins, who smells like a tangerine and is crazy about Timmy, making her his obvious (and only) prime suspect?

With the help of Total, Timmy already has plans for world domination. Plans that will make his mother rich and unpaid bills a thing of the past.

Total, the polar bear

Book 2 is Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done.

Timmy doesn't like to pull rank, to reveal that HE is the founder, president and CEO of the greatest detective agency in the town (perhaps the nation)...... but he is.

In this story he is about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. It's his ticket to bringing home a $500 prize, which is guaranteed to set him up for life - if only he can get his entry form in on time.  But someone is clearly trying to hoodwink, con and defraud the system.  It's up to Timmy Failure, with the dubious help of Total and his unlikely new ally, eccentric Great-Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these shenanigans and defeat this injustice.

The third and newest title in the series is Timmy Failure: We Meet Again

His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods are throwing him curveballs.  For starters, he's on a trial period in school and to keep his place he has to get good grades and really behave, the fabled Miracle report will be the key to his success.

Will Timmy Failure will be triumphant again??

Can you keep a secret??  There is another Timmy Failure book due for release in October 2015 - Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection

He's back and this time on a road trip with none other than notorious criminal Molly Moskins. Travelling halfway across the country to help your mother's boyfriend settle into his new job would be inconvenient for any detective, let alone the founder, president and CEO of Total Failure Inc, the world's greatest detective agency.

Timmy has a case to solve, and nothing can stand in his way. If he is to arrest Corrina Corrina and solve the YIP YAP case, Timmy, his sidekick polar bear Total, and Molly Moskins must go on the run!

If your kids like Wimpy Kid or Barry Looser books they will love these.

For more information and fun stuff please check out the official website at

The books are all abvailable to buy on Amazon too
Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3

Timmy Failure

Disclaimer:  The Big Shot sent us a 2 books from the Timmy Failure series for the purpose of this review.  All words and opinions are our own.  


  1. My favourite ice cream flavour is Bubblegum! Love it - so delicious!

    1. the boys love that one too - they are soo disappointed you can't get big tubs of it in the supermarkets.