The following review is a collection of my personal thoughts and comments on the book, Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis, the first book in the Timmy Failure series.
Excerpts from the book, Mistakes Were Made, have been used (without the authors permission) to highlight some of my favorite parts of the book, and give readers of the review a taste of what makes the book so great. I highly recommend it.
All right, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way. My name is Failure. Timmy Failure….
…..My family name was once Fayleure. But somebody changed it. Not it is spelled as you see. I’d ask that you get your “failure” jokes out of the way now. I am anything but.
I am the founder, president, and CEO of the detective agency I have named after myself. Failure, Inc. is the best detective agency in the town, probably the country. Perhaps the world.
The book you are holding is a historical record of my life as a detective. It has been rigorously fact-checked…
…I have decided to publish this history because my expertise is invaluable to anyone who ever wanted to be a detective. Just read the reviews:
“Invaluable to anyone who ever wanted to be a detective.” – Anonymous
But success did not come overnight for me. I had to overcome obstacles. Like these:
1. my mother
2. my school
3. my idiot best friend
4. my polar bear…
Oh, and I suppose I should say a word about the fifteen-hundred-pound polar bear. His name is Total…
….Initially Total displayed a fair degree of diligence and reliability, and thus I agreed to make him a partner in my agency. As it turned out, the diligence and reliability were a ruse. Something polar bears do. And I don’t want to talk about it. I also don’t want to discuss the change I agreed to make to the name of the agency, which now reads like this in our yellow pages ad:
TOTAL FAILURE, INC. (WE WON’T FAIL, DESPITE WHAT THE NAME SAYS.)
…..That touches upon one of the founding principals of Total Failure, Inc., which I’ve memorized in ink on the sole of my left shoe: KEEP MUM IN DARK
This book is a must read for every child, every adult, and especially for every entrepreneur and author. It is a children’s book, distinctively written for a child with its hilarious sense of humor, though I would argue that this book is extremely professional.
Timmy Failure is a one of a kind child, with big dreams, a big ego and an even bigger case of paranoia. In his head he is a genius with a million dollar agency that everyone; being his school mates, his class mates, and even the federal government, want to stop him from building and successfully expanding. In short, he’s a lunatic with a big heart. Making him very relatable to everyone, as well as hilariously funny.
How is this book professional? Well for one it showcases the mental framework, the fiery passion, ambition and the emotional maturity of every millionaire, (that I’ve previously read about), through the main character, Timmy Failure. I’ll specifically admit that I think the book reads a lot like a child Donald Trump.
Of course Timmy has some personality flaws and faults. He has a lot of them actually. But so do a lot of struggling entrepreneurs. And this is where I think the book is so professional. I think it is a great reflector book. And by reflector book, I mean it can display a mirror effect. Do you act like Timmy Failure? You can compare yourself with him. You can ask yourself questions like, do I have it as bad as he does? Am in a similar situation? Should I really be blaming others like Timmy Failure does to his mother and his school?
Let me explain further.
If you’re an author or entrepreneur, and you find yourself displaying any or all of the extremely negative traits displayed by Timmy Failure, then you have a problem. What do I mean by that? Well, let me put it this way:
If Timmy Failure actually had the few key elements that he is distinctively missing, being common sense, and the commitment to study and develop his social skills, than Timmy Failure would have a fair shot of actually one day building his Detective Agency Empire.
And that goes for everyone. If your an author and you’ve got the same personality faults as Timmy, then you’ve got a problem. If you don’t have the commitment, you’re never going to get that book published. If you’re an entrepreneur and you don’t have the necessary social or sales skills, then your never going to win that customer over. Are you?
This is why I believe Timmy Failure, Mistakes Were Made, is a greater book than the reading community has given it credit for. It’s honestly a must read for everybody. It is great for kids, it’s great for adults, and it’s great for all sorts of people in the business world, like Press Relation Officers, Managers, Entry Level Staff, Entrepreneurs, authors and you tubers. Everyone.
And the final positive aspect I’d like to place on this book is that it has a really great attitude to it. Like once you read it once, you just start going around mentally declaring how you are simply just GREATNESS! And if you stuff up real bad at work or in a family situation, you feel more relaxed being able to just casually mutter, “And In Conclusion, Mistakes Were Made.”
Review By Zakky MC
MISTAKES WERE MADE
“MY NAME IS FAILURE. TIMMY FAILURE. I AM THE FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE BEST DETECTIVE AGENCY IN TOWN, PROBABLY IN THE WORLD. TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE IS A HISTORICAL RECORD OF MY LIFE AS A DETECTIVE. IT HAS BEEN RIGOROUSLY FACT-CHECKED. ALL THE DRAWINGS IN HERE ARE BY ME. I TRIED TO GET MY BUSINESS PARTNER TO DO THE ILLUSTRATIONS, BUT THEY WERE NOT GOOD.”
Take Timmy Failure—the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of a budding investigative empire. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Of course, his plan does not include the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered. And it doesn’t include Rollo Tookus, who is so obsessed with getting into “Stanfurd” that he can’t carry out a no-brain spy mission. Or Molly Moskins, who smells like a tangerine and is crazy about Timmy, making her his obvious (and only) prime suspect.
Stephan Pastis is the creator of Pearls Before Swine, an acclaimed comic strip that appears in more than six hundred newspapers and boasts a devoted following.
In 2013, Pastis was inspired to break out of the comic-strip box, penning his first children’s book, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Mistakes Were Made was quickly followed by three other installments in the popular middle-grade series starring a brilliantly bad detective with a sidekick polar bear. Critics have praised the author for appealing to young readers with his knack for comic timing and the interplay between cartoon, text, and elements of the absurd in his storytelling.
About Timmy Failure, Stephan says, “For me as a kid, I liked to laugh. And I’m hoping these books do that for both kids and their parents. I just really want to give them stories that have something humorous in every chapter.”
“Timmy is a detective who can take any mystery and make it more mysterious.”– Stephan Pastis
I got the author photo of Stephan Pastis here but I think the appropriate credit for the picture goes to Susan Young.
Both the author bio and the book description were sourced from timmyfailure.com