Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What to Read After Big Nate

Have your kids discovered Timmy Failure yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?  He is absurd, nonsensical and always seems to come out on top, despite himself.

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Title: Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection

Author: Stephan Pastis

Target: Grades 3-6

Series: Yes, this is the fourth book in the series

What this book is about: 
This book has Timmy on a road trip to Chicago and solving a crime, that really isn’t a crime, long distance.  Of course the criminal mastermind Molly Moskins is traveling with him, so he can never let down his guard.  The Failure Detective Agency is as clueless and arrogant as ever as Timmy hunts down clues and makes declarative statements that are as nonsensical as they are funny.   

Why I love this book:
  • It isn’t often that I laugh out loud at books. I mean I chuckle quite a bit and smile a lot, but really laugh, that’s unusual.  This book had the man sitting across from me at school pickup looking over every few minutes as I burst out laughing!  Embarrassing!
  • The issues and emotions Timmy is trying to avoid are actually quite real in this book, but his bravado in covering them up is at times so clever in its absurdity that it makes the book quite sophisticated.  This is a humorous book with heart and substance.
  • This one was actually my favorite of the series.  
Who this book is for: 
Great book for kids who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate.  Timmy’s polar bear companion also makes this book reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbs.  You do not have to read the books in order to understand the story, but kids will be more familiar with the characters and their nuances if the go sequentially.

Final thoughts:  
I loved the hotel housekeeper!  Yep, you just have to read the book to find out why.

To purchase this book:
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