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Thank you for hosting a Timmy Failure party! Timmy isn’t big on school, but he’ll do whatever it takes to become the greatest detective ever (defective detective is more like it). We hope that this packet will help you to create an event that’s fun for aspiring crime solvers everywhere — it won’t take much to top Timmy! Please read through the activities on these pages and decide what works for your needs and for the kids who turn out. Thanks again for the wonderful support for this wildly popular new series. And of course, HAVE FUN!

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EVENT KIT GETTING STARTED This packet includes a number of suggestions for games and activities for your fun event. You’ll have to gauge the size and the age range of your crowd to determine which of these activities will work best and in what order. We’d like to ask that you please kick off the event by reading the following letter from the author to the group:

Hi, everyone! Thank you so much for coming out to join the Timmy Failure book party! I wish I could be there with you in person. I want to say thanks to each and every one of you here. You have made Timmy Failure a hit, and I want you to know how much I appreciate that. It has been so much fun for me to break out of the daily comic strip box, to tell stories about Timmy and his sidekick polar bear, Total. I’m thrilled to tell you that I will be releasing not one but TWO brand-new Timmy books for you this year. You won’t have to wait long! We’ve put together a few activities to help celebrate the launch of the new book, and hopefully you’ll pick up some detective tips along the way. Timmy needs all the help he can get! Sincerely, Stephan

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Totally Timmy Trivia Game How to play: A moderator should read the questions while a spotter watches for kids raising their hands.

1. What is the name of Timmy Failure’s detective agency? (Total Failure, Inc.) 2. What kind of animal is his business partner? (A polar bear) 3. What detective is Timmy’s archrival? (Corrina Corrina) 4. What is the name of Timmy’s best friend? (Rollo Tookus) 5. What does Timmy borrow from his mom to conduct investigations? (A Segway) 6. What are Total’s favorite snacks? (Chicken nuggets and Rice Krispies Treats) 7. How old is Timmy’s teacher Old Man Crokus? (187 years old) 8. What color is Timmy’s distinctive scarf? 9. What is the company motto/slogan for Total Failure, Inc? (Failure is an option) 10. What does Molly Moskins smell like? (Tangerines) 11. What does Timmy hand out to attract customers? (Free cheese) 12. What is the name of Molly Moskins’s cat? (Señor Burrito) 13. Does Timmy know who his secret admirer is? (NO!) 14. Staci the polar bear is obsessed with what kind of toy? (A beach ball)

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Observation Test To be a crack detective, you need super-sharp powers of observation. Test your eagle eyes by looking at the image on this page. After ten seconds, try to answer the questions below without looking at the picture. How many can you answer? How many students are playing kickball? (Twelve) What kind of animal is Timmy petting? (Polar bear) Are the children playing outside or inside? (Outside) Which character’s face is blocked out with a black box? (Corrina Corrina) How many students are cheering as they play? (Three)

Collecting Clues What can you sleuth out just by examining the cover of a book? Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done is number in the series. The author of Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done is

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What color is Timmy Failure’s scarf?

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Sleuth It Out

Hunt for Your Detective Tools TO PREPARE

TO PLAY

Print one Detective Tool-Kit Checklist for each reader playing the game.

Give each reader a Detective Tool-Kit Checklist and a pencil or crayon. Instruct them to search for Timmy’s detective tools in a defined play/ search area and to fill in the name of each tool on their sheet when they find it.

Print the detective tools that follow and cut out along the dotted lines. Hang the images in tricky places in your chosen room for the kids to find and note on their checklists.

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Image #1 — Detective’s Notebook


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Image #2 — Disguise

Image #3 — Reliable transportation

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Image #4 — Crime hotline

Image #5 — Distinctive scarf

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Detective Tool-Kit Checklist

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Master of Disguise A great detective needs to protect his identity while he prowls around searching for clues. Draw a disguise for Timmy that will keep him hidden from potential suspects.

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Design Your Own Failuremobile No professional detective can get around without a sleuthy set of wheels. Timmy rides a Segway to follow clues and make great first impressions on potential clients. What would you choose as the mode of transport for your detective agency? Draw it here.

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Advertise Your Awesome Agency Services

Timmy may not be much of a case solver, but his detective lingo is without parallel. To create an advertisement for your own detective agency, fill in the top blank of the template that follows with your agency’s name. Then create the text of your ad from this glossary of Timmy’s many sayings —  or make up your own. Fill in the last blank with your agency’s motto.

[Are you facing . . . ]

[We offer . . . ]

industrial sabotage

invaluable expertise

[We are experienced in . . . ]

major international intrigue

multipronged strategies

a possible lawsuit

• b rilliantly conceived global

• a n unsolved crime, such as candy larceny, hamster-cide, or TP vandalism

• n ever-fail interrogation techniques

planning

teleconferencing capabilities

• h igh-tech surveillance •

uncanny clue detection

•m  aking excellent first impressions (they are critical)

equipment

investigatory enterprise

free cheese

ingenious infiltration tactics

overall greatness

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Case Solving Help Timmy solve the cases below, then read Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made to find out if you’re right. Remember, you’re bound to be a better detective than he is!

The Case of the Missing Halloween Candy

The Case of the Dead Hamster

The Case of the Toilet-Paper Devastation

Scene of the crime: Empty table by Gunnar’s bed

Scene of the crime: Max Hodge’s bedroom

Scene of the crime: Weber residence

Victim:

Gunnar

Type of crime:

Victim: Theft

Missing items: Plastic pumpkin filled with Halloween candy Witnesses:

None known

Suspects: Brother Gabe sitting on his bed

Max’s hamster

Type of crime: Witnesses: Suspects:

Victim:

Murder?

Weber house

Type of crime:

Max Hodge

Witnesses:

None

Suspects:

Vandalism

None known None

Evidence: 1. Motionless hamster in hamster cage

Evidence: 1. House strung with toilet paper

2. Scratched-up hamster tube

2. T  ops of trees strung with toilet paper

Evidence: 1. Candy wrappers surrounding Gabe on his bed

3. T  oilet paper hanging in Molly Moskins’s bathroom

2. Chocolate smeared on Gabe’s face 3. E  mpty plastic pumpkin on Gabe’s floor

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Who Done It? Have you ever thought about writing your own mystery story? Now’s the time! Use this handy-dandy and possibly helpful planning form to decide the important details of your story in advance. Then hurry and write your mystery, because if you don’t, Corinna Corinna will steal your details and write her own story!

Scene of the crime: Victim: Type of crime:

Witnesses: Suspects: Evidence:

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Vocabulary by Scantron Timmy Failure is a world-champion Scantron test taker and a worldchampion vocabularian. In other words, he has one superb vocabulary! Take this vocabulary test to Scantronically reveal the name of his sidekick.

1. Our educational system’s

are no

7. I have decided to publish this history because

cause for celebration.

my

The missing word means faults.

who ever wanted to be a

is

to anyone .

The first missing word means knowledge.

A. shortcomings B. successes C. relevance D. excellence E. advances

The second missing word means precious. The third missing word means someone who solves

2. T  hat’s called

(i.e., a tendency to

mysterious cases.

relapse into criminal behavior).

A. ignorance

B. expertise

C. invaluable

D. detective

E. dentist

A. recidivism B. recidivism C. recidivism D. recidivism E. recidivism 8. Freebie! Leave this column blank. 3. My cramped office conditions must be

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The missing word means improved or corrected.

A. alleviated

B. deserved

C. fair

D. useful

9. I now believe he is purposely the agency.

E. spectacular

The missing word means obstructing, undermining, or seeking to destroy.

4. Freebie! Leave this column blank.

A. sabotaging

B. entertaining

C. joining

D. advertising

E. celebrating

5. One day we could be and

for trade

.

10. Real detectives do

the old-fashioned

The first missing word means taken prisoner.

way. With their own two eyes.

The second missing word means questioned.

The missing word means careful watching.

The third missing word means things that are hidden or unknown.

A. released B. captured C. interrogated D. secrets E. applauded

A. surveillance B. surveillance C. surveillance D. surveillance E. surveillance 11. I head downtown to do

on CCIA

headquarters. 6. Polar bears are and

The missing word means investigation.

.

A. reconnaissance

The first missing word means violent or mean.

B. artwork

C. graffiti

D. mail delivery

The second missing word means difficult to predict.

A. fierce

B. cuddly

C. happy

D. friendly

E. unpredictable

12. Freebie! Leave this column blank.

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E. cleaning


13. Normally I’d call a board meeting to discuss this

16. Freebie! Leave this column blank.

arrangement. The missing word means unacceptable.

A. happy

B. untenable

C. untenable

17. I had brilliantly solved all my

D. untenable

The missing word means matters requiring investigation.

E. untenable

A. cases 14. I am

by two

.

B. cases

C. cases

D. cases

E. cases

who

have never run a business.

18. F  or today it is the scene of total

The first missing word means blocked on both sides.

.

The missing word means destruction.

The second missing word means people who aren’t trained

A. renewal

for a job.

A. bookended

B. dropped

C. amateurs

15. The

D. professionals

E. presidents

B. creation

C. construction

D. building

E. devastation

19. As a result, I have filed a

with the

Better Detective Bureau.

nature of the flyer is the

The missing word means objection or protest.

subject of an electronic-mail complaint I have sent to

A. compliment B. recommendation C. tribute D. honor E. complaint

the Better Detective Bureau. The missing word means insulting.

A. complimentary B. defamatory C. defamatory D. defamatory E. defamatory

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ANSWERS: 1. A; 2. ALL; 3. A; 4. BLANK; 5. B, C, D; 6. A, E; 7. B, C, D; 8. BLANK; 9. A; 10. ALL; 11. A; 12. BLANK; 13. B, C, D, E; 14. A, C; 15. B, C, D, E; 16. BLANK; 17. ALL; 18. E; 19. E

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Wood Grain Maze

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Crossword ACROSS

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Treats “the ________________.”   5. A  ccording to Timmy, both Corrina Corrina and Old Man Crocus ________________.

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  7. O  ld Man Crocus calls Timmy Captain ________________. 10. T  immy claims that Corrina Corrina is the _________ One. 11. Timmy has a distinctive one. 14. T  immy claims that Corrina Corrina is a moral _______________. 16. T  immy claims that Molly Moskins is one.

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DOWN   1. A word Timmy uses to describe Rollo.

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  2. Rollo is, according to Timmy, an ________________.   4. The college Rollo wants to attend.

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  5. The name of the other polar bear.   6. C  rispin Flavius is, according to Timmy, a ________________.   8. Timmy says Gunnar is one.   9. T  immy says his mother is ________________. 12. T  immy refers to his mother as ________________. 13. A  ccording to Timmy, Mr. Jenkins is one. 15. The Failuremobile is one. 17. A  nother word Timmy uses to describe Rollo. 18. T  immy refers to Gabe as a ________________.

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Crossword Answer Key 2

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