~ I received this book from Candlewick Press for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own, well except those that belong to my children.
Stephan Pastis' newest book (released Feb 2014), Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done has to be the funniest book my kids and I have read together in quite some time. It reminds me a bit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but without all the things that annoyed me about those books (basically tons of negativity and name-calling).
So why do we love this book? Well, as a mom of four and a lover of the written word I have tried to instill a love of reading in all of my children. When I homeschooled my boys reading was my top priority. After all, if you can read you can learn anything. I didn't just want to teach them to read, I wanted to teach them to LOVE reading. Thankfully both of my boys are great readers, but Jordan loves to read, and John enjoys it. So again, why do I love this book? Well, because John loves it! He started reading it to me in the car, and it wasn't a book we were going to read together, but as he was laughing hysterically at the first page, he also said "Mom, I have to read this to you, it's so funny!", yeah, the first page. So I obliged, after all even though he is only 10 we share a very similar sense of humor (though he finds farts, boogers, and bathroom talk much funnier than I do). As he started reading I was immediately drawn into the story.
Let me share a little of the story so you can get a better idea of the comedic timing and type of humor we are dealing with...
Chapter 2: The Cast That Limits Me
When your lying in be 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.
I also love the simple yet comical illustrations.
I would highly recommend this book for children who don't particularly enjoy reading. With bite-sized chapters and laughter invoking monologue this book will quickly become your child's favorite summer read. Oh, and I would also suggest reading this book with your child. Besides the obvious benefits of investing in your child and sharing the love of reading, there are more than a handful of words that your child will likely ask you about. Here are a few my son John asked me about loggerheads, mendacity, bamboozle, and shenanigans (I won't lie, I had to look this one up myself). I love spending time reading with my kiddos. It helps me relate to them and better see the world they live in. When I was growing up I don't ever remember reading books like this, and that really stinks because as a kid I hated reading, but I would have loved Timmy Failure.
If you are looking for a new book for your children and haven't yet pried open Timmy's bedroom door to see what he's been up to (okay, that sounds really creepy doesn't it?) then you should crank up your Peeping Tom status to level 9000 and purchase this book!
Oh, and as much as it pains me, we are reading book two first, but fear not; I have already placed my order for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (yes, yes this is the title of the first book).
Want to learn more about the Timmy Failure Book Series? Come on...you know you do! Check out the social sites below for more info and cool behind the scenes detective stuff (okay, I may have made that up).