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.
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.
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.
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