I liked the character of Timmy, his over confidence in his detective skills were entertaining. Especially when he starts getting notes with hearts all over the envelope which he believes are from an “assassin.” I also enjoyed Timmy's 1500 pound sidekick business partner, Total the polar bear. The ambiguity as to whether Total is real or imaginative makes the story fun to read. I'm leaning toward imaginative, Timmy's mom never does directly address Total after all. The illustrations in these Timmy Failure books are done very well and I think they will resonate with 8 to 12 year old's who enjoy diary and comic book style stories.
Favorite Line: “I know that if I am to move forward like the professional that I am, I must first see the past with mature eyes. And that means acknowledging that others have caused all my problems and blaming them for it.”