Timmy Failure: Zero to Hero


Timmy Failure: Zero to Hero is the newest addition to the Timmy Failure series. Zero to Hero is a prequel to all the other books, including Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, which is now a movie on Disney+. The Timmy Failure series, penned by Stephan Pastis, are all New York Times best-selling books, and a favorite for readers who also like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate

Zero to Hero is about Timmy’s “rise to power in the detective biz” with help from his competent business partner, Total the polar bear. Together, Timmy and Total form a private detective agency, Total Failure Inc. 

Zero To Hero is a hilarious book, as it gives Timmy’s perspective on the other people in his life – all characters readers have met in the other books of the series. Timmy thinks his mother is his secretary, and his father – who Timmy has never met –  is described as a monkey smuggler. Unlike the other books in the series, Zero To Hero is written as a ‘work in progress,’ a manuscript that Timmy and his best friend, Rollo Tookus, are writing together. This manuscript includes verbatim arguments between Rollo and Timmy about what should be included in the book. The two boys rarely agree and so they fight and chapters sometimes end with “indecipherable yelling and sound of fruit striking the wall.”

Zero to Hero may be the funniest book in the Timmy Failure series, and definitely helps to clear up any confusion that might have come from the other books in the series. Readers learn, for example, how Timmy met “the evil one,” and how Rollo got his “Stanfurd” sweatshirt. I was particularly excited to learn how Timmy met Total, his polar bear co-worker. 

Zero to Hero is a great book, and fans of the series will enjoy learning the beginnings of Timmy’s story. If you have not read any Timmy Failure books before, but are a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate books, you will definitely enjoy Zero to Hero.