Stephan Pastis
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Stephan Pastis

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. 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, Stephan Pastis created his signature strip Pearls Before Swine, chronicling his worldview through the misadventures of arrogant Rat, dumb-but-sweet Pig, philosophical Goat, along with a brood of other anthropomorphized animals and many, many puns. The strip was eventually syndicated in 1999 and can now be read in over 800 newspapers, dozens of book collections, and on GoComics.com. Several of the collections have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

In 2013, inspired to break out of the box of a daily comic strip, Pastis took on the new challenge of becoming a children's author, penning the first book in a projected middle grade series called Timmy Failure, about an inept kid detective and his sidekick polar bear. Fail it did not; receiving stellar reviews and becoming an instant New York Times and National Indie bestseller. Now published in nearly 40 languages worldwide, Pastis' defective detective has become a breakout children's book character.

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Best Sellers

    • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

    • Timmy Failure, Book 1
    • By: Stephan Pastis
    • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    With the help of a polar bear named Total, Timmy Failure hopes to strike it rich by running the best detective agency around....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Need the illustrations

    • By HappyReader on 06-02-14

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Timmy Failure: It's the End When I Say It's the End

    • By: Stephan Pastis
    • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Though I, Timmy Failure, have solved many notorious crimes and now wish to enjoy my retirement, my fans have begged me to turn my memoirs into a movie, an ode to my greatness. I am, however, beset by enemies, the worst of whom is Tom John John, the buffoonish movie director....

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done!

    • By: Stephan Pastis
    • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    New York Times best-selling author Stephan Pastis is the creator of the award-winning comic strip Pearls Before Swine....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • funny and sweet

    • By Anonymous User on 04-08-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Timmy Failure: We Meet Again

    • By: Stephan Pastis
    • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • awesome<br />

    • By Leyna on 05-21-15

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants

    • Timmy Failure, Book 6
    • By: Stephan Pastis
    • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    In the sixth book in Stephan Pastis' hilarious series, Timmy is being threatened and must rely on his new partner to solve the mystery - and possibly save his life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • narrator is great!

    • By Anonymous User on 03-20-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection

    • By: Stephan Pastis
    • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    In this fourth volume of Timmy Failure's memoirs, Timmy is forced to hit the road in a cross-country trip that includes Timmy's mom....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly Amazing

    • By K. S. Alpert on 09-21-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have

    • Timmy Failure, Book 5
    • By: Stephan Pastis
    • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    This book was never meant to exist. No one needs to know the details. Just know this: there's a Merry, a Larry, a missing tooth, and a teachers' strike that is crippling Timmy Failure's academic future....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Timmy failure is the best book

    • By CC on 05-06-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants

    • Timmy Failure, Book 6
    • By: Stephan Pastis
    • Narrated by: Jared Goldsmith
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Timmy is in Key West, Florida, ostensibly for the honeymoon of his mother and Doorman Dave...if they even got married, which Timmy doubts....

    Regular price: $5.36

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