Summer’s Hottest Book for Kids: Timmy Failure

Our favorite OMGbookworm Mia Wenjen is back with a review of a cool book that will help your OMGchildren beat the heat!

And even better–this book will teach your OMGchildren tons of new vocabulary. Which makes you the best and the brightest of OMGparents. (As usual.)

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis

My 8-year-old son and I have been reading Timmy Failure as a read together. I’ve been doing most of the heavy lifting but it’s been a delight to read. Why?  It’s very similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney with some edginess like Middle School The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson.

Differences? The artwork is more charming. Timmy Failure is based on a ridiculous but funny premise. He is an aspiring Detective Agency Mogul, and his partner is a polar bear named Total. Hence the name of the agency: Total Failure. Ok, that’s just funny.

But what surprised me is the great vocabulary in the book. Here are the SAT vocabulary words on page 223 for example:


Some parents were concerned that the vocabulary words are too advanced for ages 9 through 11, or even 12 (and of course you want your gifts to be parent-friendly!), but don’t worry–Pastis fits those big words in a fun and non-intimidating way.

Here’s an excerpt from that page:

He shakes his head. “I heard you fell and hit your head on a sprinkler, ” he says.”Mendacity!” I shout, rising to my feet.Max Hodges scratches his head. “I don’t know what that means either,” he says.”It means I have a scalawag bent on my destruction. And she is  perpetrating unconscionable falsehoods.”Max Hodges looks confused.

I think this is the perfect book for kids who finished The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and want more. The text on most pages is broken up with cartoon graphics and each chapter is very short. This is the perfect summer read. It entertains while is secretly teaches!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Ages: 8+
Price: $11.56


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