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Timmy Failure: We Meet Again

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sentimental heart beats beneath goofy humor.

Book Stephan Pastis Humor 2014
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TIMMY FAILURE: WE MEET AGAIN stands out in a crowded field of funny graphic novels targeted to boys by infusing the story with moving, tender touches. It's very funny, full of clever jokes and outrageous scenarios, and enjoyable to read. But there's more going on here: Timmy propels himself through life (often riding on his mom's Roomba) with little consideration for others, and it's remarkable to see how much classmates and adults in his life try to connect with him. Author-cartoonist Stephen Pastis deploys a subtlety that's lacking in other books in this genre -- Timmy may be the star here, but the people around him are living their own stories, and Pastis offers glimpses into their struggles and successes.

Like Greg in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Nate in the Big Nate books, Timmy isn't always a likable hero: He's rude to friends and mean to imagined enemies, and he strives to be the center of attention. He creates conflict where there is none. Sensitive kids may understand and relate to his sometimes odd behavior. Pastis reveals the vulnerability beneath Timmy's prickly persona, offering a lesson in empathy amid the engaging humor.

Book Details

  • Author: Stephan Pastis
  • Illustrator: Stephan Pastis
  • Genre: Humor
  • Topics: Adventures, Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: October 28, 2014
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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