Title: Timmy Failure It’s the End When I Say It’s the End (Timmy Failure 7)
Author: Stephan Pastis
Illustrator: Stephan Pastis
Publisher: Walker books
Genre: Children’s fiction, Humour
Book format: Hardback
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Description: Though I, Timmy Failure, have solved many notorious crimes and now wish to enjoy my retirement, my fans have begged me to turn my memoirs into a movie, an ode to my greatness.  I am, however, beset by enemies, the worst of whom is Tom John John, the buffoonish movie director.
What’s more, my dim-witted polar bear business partner, Total, wants to be reunited with his family.
I should have known it would end like this.  I expected more.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review: This is a great book and a perfect end to the Timmy Failure series. The hardback has a gold cover that’s so bright it actually reflects in the light, and is filled with lots of black and white illustrations among the large print text. Timmy Failure has chosen to retire and has been tasked to write his memoirs, in script form, so they can be turned into a film. But things don’t go according to plan and Timmy might just have to come out of retirement to solve another crime.

Timmy Failure 7 book page image one
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My first experience with the Timmy Failure series was with the previous book, and I’ll be honest I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. It was a funny book but the humour was lost on me, however I think book six is the wrong book to start the series at, and having read this last book in the series I really enjoyed it and now understand the characters better. The story is set in the time leading up to Christmas, and given a school project, Timmy finds himself having issues with the director of his film. I don’t want to give away what happens but the story is very funny and silly with things going missing and Timmy having to solve not only his own problem but his polar bear Total’s issue too.

The whole story feels like a great conclusion to the series and several long standing things get resolved. I really enjoyed the ending, it’s fun and also a bit sweet with the way things go with Timmy and Total. Something about it being set during Christmastime also made the whole story feel more lovely and it feels like the perfect end to the book as well as Timmy’s overall adventures.

Timmy Failure 7 book page image two
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I like the illustrations. They are simple black and white drawings but there’s something about the way the characters all look that is very funny and I can’t help but love that slightly blank stare they all have with their eyes. The images really add to the humour of the story and I like how many of them there are, there’s rarely a double page without a drawing hidden here and there.

This book will really appeal to any Timmy Failure fans but I have to say that unlike the previous one in the series, this book can easily be read as a standalone too. I’d really recommend it especially for Christmas as it’s just got a perfect story to make you laugh and an ending that will make you smile.

Do you like this book?   What about other books in the Timmy Failure series?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂