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  • Published: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 294 p. : ill. 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780763660505
  • 0763660507



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Mistakes were made

by Pastis, Stephan.

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Call number: Y Mystery / Pastis, Stephan

Available Copies: Downtown Youth

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Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,500-pound polar bear.

Community Reviews

Vocabulary building

My first thought was "why can't my daughter read quality literature?" but then I saw the challenging vocabulary words. This is good for building vocabulary although there is a lot of gross out humor. My daughter really loves it.

funny for the intended audience

It made me laugh out loud at times, but there were many aspects that were annoying. I suspect that's because I'm not in the target age range. My 13yo and 10yo sons liked it a lot more than I did.


It was awsome!


This is sure to a hit with fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Dork Diaries due to the "journal" format of the book. Timmy is a lovable but extremely conceited and humorously inept character, and I have to say that I really loved his polar bear Total. Pastis is great at saying one thing with his words but showing something very different with pictures. This is also a great read for anyone (child or adult) who likes Pastis' syndicated comic strip Pearls Before Swine.

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