A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids will learn a bit about the elements of detective fiction and about the characteristics of polar bears and lovebirds.
This Timmy Failure story encourages kids to go after what they want, even if others think they're a little crazy.
Positive Role Models
Even more than Timmy's devoted, beleaguered mom, his great-aunt Colander inspires him with her ambition and supports him with understanding.
Violence & Scariness
Timmy's slapstick antics result in his breaking his left leg almost as soon as he gets the cast off the right one. His accidents also result in classroom pratfalls, a broken window, and mangled topiary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the second graphic novel in Stephan Pastis' Timmy Failure series revisits humor and issues explored in the first book, Mistakes Were Made. Timmy's antics are quirky, funny, and very entertaining, but grownups and older kids also can tell that he acts out and pretends not to understand what's going on when he's disturbed by the ways his world is changing. Timmy's antics result in a couple of cartoon injuries (no pain or blood) and some damaged property but nothing disturbing or graphic. One chapter head blends a reference to Winston Churchill with language from an old cigarette ad ("Winston Sounds Good Like a Great Leader Should"), but no one smokes in the book.
Is It Any Good?
Like the first book in this series, this is at once a hilarious, slapstick graphic novel and a poignant story about the ways life changes deeply affect youngsters' feelings and behavior. Author Stephan Pastis' simple, expressive line drawings are a big part of the humor here, as is Timmy's head-slapping cluelessness. Middle graders and teens will laugh at Timmy's antics and be touched by the support and guidance his friends and family give him.
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