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Timmy Failure Now Look What You've Done Press Release

Timmy Failure Now Look What You've Done Press Release

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Published by Candlewick Press
The clueless, comically self-confident kid detective in a sequel to the New York Times best-selling Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
The clueless, comically self-confident kid detective in a sequel to the New York Times best-selling Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.

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Published by: Candlewick Press on Aug 28, 2013
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by Stephan Pastis

The clueless, comically self-confident kid detective returns in a sequel to the New York Times best-selling Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
He doesn’t like to pull rank. To reveal that he’s this guy: Timmy Failure, founder, president, and CEO of the greatest detective agency in town, perhaps the nation. But he is. And he’s about to crack the biggest case of his generation: a school competition to find a stolen globe. It’s his ticket to bringing home a $500 prize, which is guaranteed to set him up for life. But someone is clearly trying to game the system. Hoodwink. Con. Defraud. So it’s up to Timmy Failure, with the dubious help of Total, his lazy polar-bear partner, and his unlikely new ally, eccentric Great-Aunt Colander, to find a way to avenge these shenanigans. Defeat this injustice. If he can only get his entry form in on time. Stephan Pastis is the authorillustrator of Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, a New York Times bestseller. He is also the creator of the devoutly followed comic strip Pearls Before Swine, which appears in more than six hundred newspapers. His compilation Larry in Wonderland debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for paperback graphic novels. Stephan Pastis lives in northern California.

On sale February 25, 2014
$14.99 ($14.99 CAN) HC: 978- 0 -7636 - 6051-2 E-book: 978- 0 -7636 -7011-5 288 pages • Ages 8 –12

www.timmyfailure.com
Illustration copyright © 2013 by Stephan Pastis • Timmy Failure font copyright © 2012 by Stephan Pastis

About the Author
Stephan Pastis took an unusual route to becoming a number-one best-selling comics creator: he went to law school. It’s not that he didn’t want to become a cartoonist — as a child growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino, he spent many happy hours off by himself drawing (when he wasn’t collecting baseball cards). And he was routinely called on to create cartoons for his school newspapers. But by the time he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in political science, Pastis — a completely self-taught artist — felt it unlikely that his cartoons would ever be syndicated. So he found himself sitting in class at UCLA Law School, hopelessly bored, sketching the character Rat (who would later become a mainstay of all his future comic strips). Creative inspiration followed him through graduation in 1993 to his first law firm job in San Francisco, where by 1996 he finally started submitting his comics to syndicates. Persisting through an initial spate of rejections, Pastis created his signature strip Pearls Before Swine in 1997 and signed on with United Media, now part of Universal Uclick, in 1999. Pearls was off and running, making appearances on the web, in newspapers, and in many best-selling books. Inspired to expand beyond the confines of a daily comic strip, Stephan Pastis took on the new challenge of becoming a children’s author, writing the first book in a projected middlegrade series called Timmy Failure, about an inept kid detective and his sidekick polar bear. Fail it did not: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, published in 2013, was translated into nearly thirty languages worldwide, received stellar reviews, and became an instant New York Times and National Indie bestseller. Stephan Pastis’s defective detective is now poised to become the next big breakout children’s book character.

Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Stephan Pastis • Timmy Failure font copyright © 2012 by Stephan Pastis

Photo by Cheryl Simon

About Pearls Before Swine
Starring the self-inflated (and not too bright) Rat and his dim-witted, humble friend Pig, Pearls Before Swine is a daily and Sunday comic strip syndicated by Universal Uclick in 650 newspapers internationally, including the New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Houston Chronicle. Stephan Pastis’s edgy series also draws throngs of loyal readers on the web, where it generates more than two million page hits a month. Twice named Best Newspaper Comic Strip by the National Cartoonists Society, Pearls Before Swine has also appeared in many compilation books published by Andrews McMeel, including: BLTs Taste So Darn Good (2003) This Little Piggy Stayed Home (2004) Sgt. Piggy’s Lonely Hearts Club Comic (2004) Nighthogs (2005) The Ratvolution Will Not be Televised (2006) Lions and Tigers and Crocs, Oh My! (2006) Da Brudderhood of Zeeba Zeeba Eata (2007) The Sopratos (2007) The Crass Menagerie (2008) Macho Macho Animals (2008) The Saturday Evening Pearls (2009) Pearls Sells Out (2009) 50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can’t Be Wrong (2010) When Pigs Fly (2010) Pearls Blows Up (2011) Larry in Wonderland (2011), a #1 New York Times bestseller Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out (2012) Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2013)

Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Stephan Pastis • Timmy Failure font copyright © 2012 by Stephan Pastis

A Conversation with Timmy’s Creator,

What in the world are Boom Boom shoewheels? His aunt’s invention. They’re a type of roller skate. An exceedingly dangerous one. Will Timmy ever make peace with Corrina Corrina? When monkeys fly. What is the funniest or most memorable comment you have heard from a kid reader about Timmy Failure? A young boy in the audience of a book panel I was on asked me when the next Timmy book would be coming out. When I told him not for another year, he let out a very loud, “SIGHhhhhh.”

Stephan Pastis

Photo by Susan Young

How are you managing to keep up with juggling the daily comic strip and the Timmy Failure series? Well, I love it all, and when you love what you do, it’s not that hard.

In Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done, you have completely uprooted Timmy and put him in a different setting with new characters. Was that a conscious decision when you set out to write the second book? Definitely. For me, it’s fun to put Timmy in a new situation and see what he’ll do. I also wanted to challenge him a bit, because I feared that the success of the first book was going to his head. Tell us about the most important new character to be introduced to Timmy’s world. His great-aunt Colander. At the beginning of the book, Timmy just sees her as someone with a few too many holes in her head. But that perception changes over the course of the book.

Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Stephan Pastis • Timmy Failure font copyright © 2012 by Stephan Pastis

Marketing and Publicity

Advertising
* Major consumer advertising campaigns *
Widespread trade, school, and library announcement advertising on USA Today online, FunBrain.com, and Poptropica.com

Online Promotions
* A dedicated website, timmyfailure.com,
facebook.com/TimmyFailure including games, downloadables, and a blog

* A dedicated Timmy Failure Facebook page: * Ongoing social media promotions on * Branded giveaways * Book trailer
GoodReads, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter

Publicity
* Extensive national publicity campaign, *
Massive pre-order campaign supported by in-store signage and account-driven promotions including review outreach and feature/ interview press at release

Author Appearances
* Extensive ten-city U.S. author tour * Featured author at ALA Annual 2014 in
Las Vegas

Promotional Materials
* Branded bookmarks, T-shirts, and magnets

Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Stephan Pastis • Timmy Failure font copyright © 2012 by Stephan Pastis

Praise for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
“A hilarious, multilayered story.”  — BookPage “With its highlow mix of humor and surprisingly sophisticated storytelling, Failure is anything but.” — Austin AmericanStatesman “It is, without a doubt, the best of the cartoonist fare, completely and utterly understanding its genre, its pacing, and the importance of leveling humor with down-to-earth human problems. . . . Top notch stuff. A cut above the cartoons.”  — Betsy Bird, SLJ’s A Fuse #8 Production “Pastis may not be a ‘good artist’ — but he is one great illustrator.”  — The Washington Post “Pastis has assembled an eccentric and funny cast (running gags revolve around Total’s voracious appetite and a librarian who looks like one of the Hells Angels), yet there are also touching interactions to be found.” — Publishers Weekly “Readers will quickly take to Timmy Failure, an unreliable narrator to stand alongside such antiheroes as Charlie Brown and Greg Heffley.”  — Shelf Awareness “Readers should be simultaneously amused and touched by this quirky antihero.”  — Booklist “The Pearls Before Swine cartoonist’s frequent blackand-white illustrations help to cast Timmy’s adventure in an appropriately ironic light. Timmy . . . has greatness in him. Just like all of us.”  — Kirkus Reviews “Pastis peppers nearly every page of this comic romp with at least one intentionally amateurish black-and-white illustration, enhancing the laughs along the way as Timmy misses even the most obvious clues in Clouseauesque fashion. Middle-grade readers will appreciate all the silly sleuthing and absurd details, and older readers — including parents who come along for the ride — will find a satisfying layer of more sophisticated humor, too.”  — School Library Journal

Illustration copyright © 2013 by Stephan Pastis • Timmy Failure font copyright © 2012 by Stephan Pastis

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