*CLOSED* Review: Timmy Failure Sanitized for Your Protection Giveaway

We were recently sent a copy of the Timmy Failure – Sanitized For Your Protection book by Stephan Pastis to review. This is the fourth book in the Timmy Failure series.


Timmy Failure - Sanitized for your protection book


We previously reviewed one of the other Timmy Failure titles, which the boys really enjoyed. That was Timmy Failure – Now Look What You’ve Done. In truth I enjoyed it as much as they did and I actually finished reading that book before they did!


The other books in the series are Timmy Failure – Mistakes Were Made and Timmy Failure – Now Look What You’ve Done. There is also the fifth book in the series that will be released in September 2016 which is Timmy Failure – The Book You’re Not Supposed To Have.


If you haven’t read any Timmy Failure books before, it is in a similar vein to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books. It is centred around the random thoughts of a hilarious young boy and his own fantasy world. There are comic illustrations throughout the book. This is always something that makes books more appealing to my boys.


Timmy does have several things that Greg in Diary of a Wimpy Kid didn’t however, for one he is a ‘Detective’, in his own words the world’s greatest detective. He also has a partner named Total, who despite being a bit useless at times is pretty cool since he’s a polar bear. A polar bear who never stop eating and is specially skilled in breaking things and emptying a hotel/motel mini bar.


Timmy Failure and his polar bear partner Total


The blurb on the back of the Timmy Failure – Sanitized For Your Protection book says;


I am Timmy Failure, the World’s greatest detective.

And I am trapped on a cross-country caravan-to-nowhere with the World’s most notorious criminal.

But the truth of how I got here isn’t important. Because in a World that’s gone mad, when the good’s become bad, the truth must be sanitized for your protection.


Timmy Failure is on a road trip with none other than notorious criminal Molly Moskins, whose worst crime in his eyes seems to be the fact that she smells like a tangerine. She also has a slight (huge) crush on him.


Travelling halfway across the country to help his mum’s boyfriend (Doorman Dave) settle into his new job. He has a case to solve as usual. This time he wants to arrest Corrina Corrina and solve the YIP YAP case.


The book drags you in from the start. The initial part of the book shows Timmy Failure apparently in trouble with the police, possibly even being arrested. This really made the boys want to read on to find out how he got in to trouble. Just what has Timmy Failure been up to?!


As usual whilst reading a Timmy Failure book, they have been laughing out loud and smiling to themselves. I did have to explain to them both what a Motel was. This actually surprised me, considering all the YouTube that they watch and the fact that I am forever telling them sweets are sweets NOT candy. I swear YouTube is Americanising my children gradually.


The book is easy to read and perfect I would say for children over the age of 7, or maybe a little younger if they are an especially good reader and sensible enough not to try to copy Timmy Failure’s antics. Not that most children would be able to find a polar bear partner in crime mind you.


I won’t ruin the book for you and your children by telling you how it ends. It isn’t how I expected though, and watch out for danger when it arrives in a little pink dress, that was the only bit the boys weren’t impressed by at the end… ;) I liked the ending though personally.


If you would like to buy your own copy of the book, you can do so on Amazon. You can also try to win a copy via the rafflecopter below. The rafflecopter includes a ‘tweet’ as one of the entry options, and you can tweet once each day to gain entries to increase your chances.

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Good Luck!


Stevie x


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  1. 24 August 2016 / 11:11 pm

    These sound fab, your description reminded me a bit of Adrian Mole – and that’s some accolade! Libby is just starting to read books like this – quite long ones with a bit of a story – but she still needs me to read them to her which is great. We’ve just finished the Witches and we’re moving on to James and the Giant Peach tomorrow, we’re on a Roald Dahl fest!

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    24 August 2016 / 11:40 pm

    Black beauty was the only book I remember reading as a child
    Wasn’t encouraged to read -total opposite now

  3. Linda Ford
    25 August 2016 / 4:25 pm

    I loved Nancy Drew xx

  4. Charlotteb
    26 August 2016 / 7:15 am

    Peter rabbit !

  5. Tammy Tudor
    26 August 2016 / 1:07 pm

    I used to love when you give a mouse a cookie

  6. Laura Pritchard
    28 August 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden was my favourite!

  7. iain maciver
    28 August 2016 / 8:43 pm

    famous five , secret seven

  8. jules eley
    28 August 2016 / 10:27 pm

    I liked Roald Dahl ( all of them ) and Judy Blume

  9. Ruth Harwood
    29 August 2016 / 8:03 am

    I loved reading the Hobbit with my mum and bro xx

  10. Angela Kelly
    29 August 2016 / 11:51 am

    My favourite book was the Tale of Georgie Grub.

  11. Kim M
    29 August 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Liked the Famous Five stories

  12. janine atkin
    29 August 2016 / 6:29 pm

    i love the lion, the witch and the wardrobe

  13. Michelle O'Neill
    29 August 2016 / 6:30 pm

    the magic faraway tree x

  14. Solange
    30 August 2016 / 9:05 am

    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

  15. Jo Carroll
    30 August 2016 / 11:33 am

    I was duped from a very early age into believing ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was actually written for me as the author shared my surname, but to be fair I adored the story and the adventures Alice had anyway so I didn’t really mind the innocent deception ;)

  16. Angela McDonald
    31 August 2016 / 6:47 pm

    The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo!

  17. Kirsty Hosty
    2 September 2016 / 1:10 pm

    The BFG

  18. claire woods
    4 September 2016 / 10:23 am

    The Narnia books.

    4 September 2016 / 2:33 pm

    I used to love reading Jacqueline Wilson books and could read them numerous times

  20. Karl Borowy
    4 September 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Swallows and Amazons

  21. Sadiyya maryam
    6 September 2016 / 4:37 am

    The Enchanted Wood by Enid Byton was my absolute favourite

  22. Pamela Gossage
    7 September 2016 / 12:09 pm

    I loved The Narnia books when I was little and still do

  23. Rich Tyler
    7 September 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Meg & Mog :)

  24. Sheri Darby
    7 September 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Anything by Enid Blyton

  25. Sarah Hanson
    7 September 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Adrian mole

  26. Lisa Wilkinson
    7 September 2016 / 9:46 pm

    There’s No Such Thing As A Dragon by Jack Kent

  27. Susan B
    8 September 2016 / 5:34 am

    Pretty much all of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books were devoured and enjoyed.

  28. Caroline Bellamy
    8 September 2016 / 9:20 pm

    I loved Matilda -really spoke to me as a fellow book worm

  29. Adrian Bold
    9 September 2016 / 2:01 am

    I loved the Faraway Tree series of books by Enid Blyton. Such imagination!

  30. Victoria Prince
    9 September 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Ruby Ferguson’s “Jill” series were one of my favourites as a child :) I was a massive bookworm though so very hard to pick!

  31. Barbara Handley
    9 September 2016 / 8:27 pm

    The Rockingdown Mystery by Enid Blyton.

  32. Darren JB
    10 September 2016 / 12:28 am

    My favourite book as a child was King Soloman’s Mines. I’ve always loved reading and have encouraged the same in my kids. My son loves Diary of a Wimpy kid books so this would be a great new series for him to try.

  33. A.E. ADKINS
    10 September 2016 / 1:58 am

    Little Grey Men by BB

  34. Jayne Kelsall
    10 September 2016 / 11:07 am

    I used to read Enid Blyton books, I loved the secret seven collection .x

  35. Ellen Stafford
    10 September 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I loved the Faraway Tree Stories by Enid Blyton so much.

  36. Maria Dhillon
    10 September 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Alice in Wonderland

  37. Diana
    11 September 2016 / 10:46 am

    Matilda :)

  38. Mickie Bull
    11 September 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree!