Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
|July 27, 2013||Posted by Andrea Scott under Action, Adventure, Mystery, Young Readers|
Published by Candlewick Press
Reviewed by Andrea Scott
My eight-year old son and I were very excited to receive this book to review. Timmy Failure has everything a kid wants in a book – a great title and fun illustrations. The book is narrated and illustrated by eight-year old Timmy Failure and chronicles his adventures as a detective. We liked almost everything about this book. The story is pretty funny and there are illustrations on every page. We couldn’t wait to read it each night and discover what Timmy was up to next. We also really loved Timmy’s (imaginary?) polar bear friend, Total.
I had two issues with this book. The first is that it was a bit long at 294 pages. It was a bit intimidating for a new reader. Secondly, I found the language to be just a little too sophisticated. There were many times when my son had to ask me what words meant, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I’m not sure he would have continued with the book if he was reading it on his own. The word choice did not feel right for the voice of an eight-year old narrator. I am not saying the author should “dumb down” the book but there were many instances where I asked myself if an eight-year old would say it that way.
Overall, we really enjoyed the book. It took us a while to read it as we did a chapter or two each night and we were sad when it ended. We liked the story quite a bit and are looking forward to the next Timmy failure book. We would recommend this book to kids aged 8-10.
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