The following review is a collection of my personal thoughts and comments on the book, Now Look What You’ve Done, by Stephan Pastis, the second book in the Timmy Failure series.
Excerpts from the book, Mistakes Now Look What You’ve Done, 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.
I was super scared the second book would be a let down but thankfully my Favorite entrepreneur doesn’t ever disappoint and was equally as hilariously stupid as he was in the first book.
Carl Kobalinski is not the smartest person in the world.
But try telling that to the woman in the checked shirt.
“Maury’s Museum of World Records is now closed,” she says. “And you need to go home.”
“But look at this thing,” I tell her. “It’s an outrage.”
“What is?” She asks.
“This,” I say, pointing directly at the statue.
(Illustration of Carl Kobalinski statue with Smartest Person In The World sign.)
“Kid, I get eight dollars an hour to walk around this museum and make sure no one breaks anything. If you have a problem with what’s in it, tell someone else.”
“I’ve got a problem, all right. Lies, lies, and more lies. Everyone knows who the smartest person is.”
“Wonderful,” she mumbles, rubbering her temples.
“It’s me,” I say.
“Good for you,” she says, pushing me toward the exit with one hand. “Now let me show the smartest person in the world how a door works.”
I am suddenly tempted to pull rank.
Reveal that I am this guy:
(Illustration of Timmy Failure and his distinctive scarf.)
It is a name so recognizable that she would instantly know it as that of the founder, president, and CEO of the greatest detective agency in the town, probably country. Perhaps the world.
But I don’t pull rank.
I do something smarter.
I climb Carl Kobalinski and try to yank down his sign.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Screams the museum woman.
“I’m saving the credibility of your institution!” I retort.
But I’m not.
Because I can’t reach the sign without jumping. And I am nine feet above the ground.
So I do what only the smartest person in the world would think to do.
Only to learn that while Carl may have had a strong brain, his statue does not have a strong neck.
And as I jump, it snaps. Sending both me and Carl’s overrated head tumbling.
Straight to the museum floor.
Where I hear another snap.
This one in my leg.
And say the only logical thing I can to the museum woman leaning over me:
“Now look what you’ve done.”
Something I think that is truly remarkable about the Timmy Failure series is the potential this book has for teaching even the most introverted insecure individual how to build and display a persona of confidence.
Put simply, Timmy Failure is a God of Confidence, and for those who have read, and for those who plan on reading a Timmy Failure book, you will, or already do know that Timmy Failure isn’t the smartest person to have existed. He’s no where near as good and as smart as he is.
And there are people that are really good and super smart and yet they don’t have very much confidence in themselves. If you are one of these smart, introverted individuals, learn from these books. Memorise some of the things Timmy says, “So here are my memoirs: I was born. I exhibited greatness. I founded an empire.” “It is a name so recognizable that she would instantly know it as that of the founder, president, and CEO of the greatest detective agency in the town, probably country. Perhaps the world.”
Develop Timmy’s attitude. Make it your own. Put a huge sign over your bed, or you door, or you living room table, that says “GREATNESS!”
Use the Timmy attitude of arrogance to talk yourself up! It’s amazing how willing people are ready to follow a leader that displays cool confidence. A confidence that says “I can do this.”
Talk like Timmy would, but with the actual know how to achieve things, and I think you’ll find your confidence levels soar, as you 1) become a respected individual, 2) become a can do beacon in your community or job, or whatever it is you are trying to achieve. My advice is to be like Timmy!
When you’re lying in bed with a broken right leg, you can either cry or write your memoirs.
And Timmy Failure doesn’t cry.
So here are my memoirs:
I was born.
I exhibited greatness.
I founded an empire.
And that empire was achieved despite the many obstacles around me.
Such as Obstacle No. 1
That’s my mother.
She’s a kind enough person. But she has her weaknesses.
Like insisting I attend this place:
Illustration of school
Now, school is fine for those who need it.
But for those touched by greatness, it is a debilitating nuisance.
Then there’s Obstacle No.2
Illustration of polar bear.
His name is Total. He is a fifteen-hundred-pound polar bear.
He was raised in the Arctic. But his home melted like an ice cube in the sun. And he wandered 3,000 or so miles to my house.
So I gave him a job.
And for the first six months, he was the most reliable polar bear I’ve ever employed.
Then he revealed his true colors.
It was a betrayal so profound that I do not wish to discuss it.
So let me just say this. If a polar bear ever works very hard for you in the first six months of employment, keep this one thing in mind:
IT IS A RUSE.
Do NOT make him a partner at your detective agency.
Do NOT agree to change the name of the agency from “Failure, Inc.” to “Total Failure, Inc.”
And, hey, while I’m issuing warnings, do NOT model your life on the person who os Obstacle No 3.
His name is Rollo Tookus. He is my best friend. And he is boring.
Boring because all he cares about is grades.
So that’s all the description he gets.
This is the second installment of Timmy Failure’s “autobiography works” and I was equally impressed by his lack of mannerisms. Timmy Failure is the ultimate shit head with no respect for anyone, including his own mother, and he’s just the funniest character I’ve ever read about.
Hugely recommend the Timmy Failure Series.
Review by Zakky MC
NOW LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE
HE DOESN’T LIKE TO PULL RANK. TO REVEAL THAT HE’S THIS GUY: TIMMY FAILURE, FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, AND CEO OF THE GREATEST DETECTIVE AGENCY IN TOWN, PERHAPS THE NATION. BUT HE IS.
And he’s about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. It’s his ticket to bringing home a $500 prize, which is guaranteed to set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to game the system. Hoodwink. Con. Defraud. So it’s up to Timmy Failure, with the dubious help of Total, his lazy polar-bear partner, and his unlikely new ally, eccentric Great-Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these shenanigans. Defeat this injustice.
If he can only get his entry form in on time.
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