Ready for something a little silly and totally bizarre? Look no further than the chapter book, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
Timmy Failure (and yes, that’s his real name) is a struggling detective living with his single mother and his assistant, a polar bear named Total. Together they run the detective agency Total Failure PI.
It’s a pretty rough job, all things considered. The work is thankless, people keep trying to put Total in a zoo, his arch-nemesis always seems one step ahead of him, and his mother keeps trying to ground him even though he’s only doing it so that they can be rich and famous and live in a giant house where she doesn’t have to work.
But all of life’s problems are no match for the Great Timmy Failure. He is, after all, clearly the best detective to have ever lived. So what if some of his cases have reached a dead end? He’ll overcome it, of course.
Timmy Failure features a lot of the same kind of “honest kid” humor you can find in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, except that there is nothing wimpy about Timmy. His self-assuredness and bravado borders on the delusional (and he really actually might be… just how real is Total the polar bear?).
But this story also has a heart to it. Timmy cares a lot about his mother, even if she doesn’t seem to understand his genius. And even though he may be a great detective, he’s still a kid.
It was fun to wander this bizarre world with Timmy, and I can heartily recommend this for kids who are just starting to read more complex books.