Written and Illustrated by Stephan Pastis
Timmy is back. As impossible as ever.
Timmy lives in his own little world, and that world often collides with the world everyone else lives in. Each encounter brings Timmy’s somewhat crooked view into the forefront.
The main story is about the honeymoon his mother and the man Timmy calls Doorman Dave. Timmy is along for the ride, as is Dave’s nephew, Emilio Empanada. Timmy doesn’t quite accept the marriage, but he does put Emilio to work as an unpaid intern to his detective agency.
They are in Key West. Timmy and Emilio manage to wander all over the island, looking for treasure and spies. The cat who stole Timmy’s pants resides at Hemingway’s house. They use the famous lighthouse as a perch from which to view the island. Emilio adopts one of the Key West chickens. Meanwhile, Timmy is expected to produce a book report of Shelby Foote’s Civil War trilogy, three thousand pages long.
Amusing drawings are scattered throughout the entire text.
This Walter Mitty type story can be a powerful vehicle for reluctant readers. In the meantime, they will get a smattering of the feel of the Florida Keys. Very young readers will not understand all the humor. This is a good reason older readers might want to check it out.
- Title: Timmy Failure 6: The Cat Stole My Pants
- Author/Illustrator: Stephan Pastis
- Published: Candlewick Press, 2017
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
- Grade Level: 3 to 7
- Genre: Middle grade fiction, Fantasy, Humor
- ISBN: 978-0-7636-9733-4