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|Timmy Failure : we meet again|
Author: Pastis, Stephan
[No. 3] Timmy has been on academic probation, but now that his mom has found work he has to go back to school. The Miracle Report is his key to his academic success--or so he thinks.
Timmy Failure, No. 3
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 169661
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 2.60
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 64788
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/14)
School Library Journal (09/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2014 In this third story about the world’s greatest detective (who really isn’t), Timmy Failure is allowed back to school on academic probation, and he and his mother (and polar bear Total) have moved again now that she has a new job. School continues to be a thorn in Timmy’s side, as it gets in the way of his plans for global domination of the detective market. A make-or-break science project, which creates stress and unhealthy competition between his classmates, provides Timmy with the opportunity to establish his credentials once and for all—or crash and burn more than he has ever crashed and burned before. Pastis’ supporting cast of characters are really beginning to emerge from the grip of Timmy’s perspective, and in several cases, they have become effective narrative foils for him, rather than speechless bystanders to his quirkiness. While he is not yet ready for prime time, there are signs that, with the support of people who find him lovable in spite of himself, Timmy Failure will not live up to his name. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Timmy Failure is anything but a failure on the best-seller list. Select author appearances, a book trailer, a teacher’s guide, and more should extend this kid’s success streak. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2014 Gr 3–7—Timmy Failure is back along with his business partner, Total, a 1,500 pound polar bear; the tangerine scented "criminal mastermind" Molly Moskins; his best friend, Rollo Toukas; and his arch nemesis Corrina, Corrina. When readers catch up with Timmy this time around, he has been placed on academic probation and the one thing that can save him is the infamous Miracle Report. A report of legend, for it is the only time an assignment has received an "A +++++." Timmy gets paired with the Beast (aka Corrina, Corrina) as his report partner, his mother is dating his little league coach, an evil cat and dog duo are staying in his apartment, and to top it all off, the Scum Bolo Chihuahua that eats children lives in the redwood forest where Timmy has to go for a field trip. Pastis's lovely balance of quirky cartooning and quick-moving text makes this an enjoyable, laugh-out-loud read. Highly recommended for kids who love Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes," Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" Rachel Renée Russell's or "Dork Diaries." This book and the entire series are a perfect go-to for reluctant readers.—Krishna Grady, Darien Library, CT - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.