New Release Books by Stephan Pastis

Stephan Pastis is the author of The Why-Why's Gone Bye-Bye (2022), Pearls Awaits the Tide (2021), Squirrel Do Bad (2021), Timmy Failure Prequel Novel (2020) and other 104 books.

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The Why-Why's Gone Bye-Bye

release date: Sep 07, 2022
The Why-Why's Gone Bye-Bye
From the best-selling author of the Timmy Failure books comes a Busytown-inspired middle grade graphic novel series about a quirky town and the misadventures of its residents.

Pearls Awaits the Tide

release date: Nov 23, 2021
Pearls Awaits the Tide
Prepare to get swept up in a tidal wave of hilarity, sarcasm, and atrocious puns courtesy of award-winning Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis. For the past 20 years, Pearls Before Swine has been one of the most popular and consistently hilarious comic strip in newspapers. This treasury packs in 18 months'' worth of daily comic strips from 2018-2019, including an introduction, essay, and special commentary by the author.

Squirrel Do Bad

release date: Aug 31, 2021
Squirrel Do Bad
From the author of the “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip and New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series comes a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, full-color graphic novel series about a quirky town—just right for young readers starting to read longer books! Wendy the Wanderer has lived in Trubble Town her whole life but never had the chance to go exploring. For this reason, she thinks she was definitely misnamed. Her dad likes to know where she is to make sure she’s safe, so she’s never been anywhere on her own. Then, her dad leaves on a trip and the babysitter doesn’t reinforce all the usual rules. Or any of the usual rules! Suddenly, Wendy is free to do what she wants, and what she wants is to live up to her name…and find Trubble. Turns out, there’s lots going on in Trubble Town. As she encounters endearingly goofy animals and hilariously hapless townsfolk, Wendy’s very first adventure takes more twists and turns than she could have ever expected. She learns some really valuable life lessons and even teaches a few of her own.

Timmy Failure Prequel Novel

release date: Apr 07, 2020
Timmy Failure Prequel Novel
Timmy Failure—the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of a budding detective agency—is back in a hotly anticipated prequel novel about how Timmy became TIMMY (and how he got that red scarf).

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Movie Tie-In Edition

release date: Mar 03, 2020
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Movie Tie-In Edition
Now an original film on Disney+ “An endearingly pathetic antihero with delusions of greatness. . . . Seldom has failure been so likable — or so funny.” — The Wall Street Journal Take Timmy Failure—the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total, and what you have is Total Failure, Inc. From the offbeat creator of Pearls Before Swine comes an endearingly bumbling hero in a hilarious caper accompanied by a whodunit twist. With perfectly paced visual humor, Stephan Pastis gets readers snorting with laughter, then slyly carries the joke a beat further—or sweetens it with an unexpected poignant moment—making this a comics-inspired and New York Times best-selling story that truly stands apart from the pack.

Timmy Failure: Zero to Hero (Timmy Failure Prequel)

release date: Apr 06, 2021
Timmy Failure: Zero to Hero (Timmy Failure Prequel)
The prequel to the New York Times best-selling series that''s now a movie on Disney+! Timmy Failure is not just any detective-he is the greatest detective in his town, perhaps the nation. He is so famous that there have been seven books written about his life. Plus a movie. And so he has agreed to provide the world with his extraordinary origin story, as dictated to his biographer and best friend, Charles "Rollo" Tookus. New York Times best-selling author Stephan Pastis is back with the hilariously heartwarming tale of how it all started for our favorite clueless detective-including how he got that red scarf!

Pearls Goes Hollywood

release date: Mar 24, 2020
Pearls Goes Hollywood
In the newest Pearls Before Swine treasury, the Hollywood dreams of cartoonist Stephan Pastis meet with hilarious--and disastrous--results! Pearls Before Swine is one of the most popular comic strips of the past two decades, and this treasury packs in 18 months worth of daily comic strips including special commentary by author Stephan Pastis, winner of the 2018 Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year. The book also includes an essay about his foray into the world of film directing.

Pearls Takes a Wrong Turn

release date: Oct 23, 2018
Pearls Takes a Wrong Turn
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR! In true Pearls Before Swine tradition, this treasury is full of Stephan Pastis’s cynical humor, sharp wit, and clever commentary. Always together—and sometimes with their fellow funny-page characters—the regular Pearls clan weighs in on everything from modern technology to current events to human nature. All the members of the skewed gang are here as Zebra engages in a never-ending war of neighborly hate with the Crocs. As always, Goat offers a voice of reason amid the ongoing chaos that Pastis creates, either from behind the pen or as a character within the strip itself. Includes all cartoons from the collections I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck and Floundering Fathers.

Timmy Failure It’s the End When I Say It’s the End

release date: Sep 10, 2019
Timmy Failure It’s the End When I Say It’s the End
In the series finale, Timmy Failure and his class create a hilarious film about his life — just in time for the holidays. 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. What’s more, my father is in town, working at a bar, which is obviously just a cover for our father-son crime-fighting partnership. And my dim-witted polar bear business partner, Total, wants to be reunited with his family. I should have known it would end like this. I expected more.

The Book You're Not Supposed to Have

release date: Sep 01, 2019
The Book You're Not Supposed to Have
The only thing you need to know about Timmy''s latest memoir is that it was never meant for publication. Timmy''s detective log was stolen, and if this book gets out, Timmy will be grounded for life. Or maybe even longer. Because while Timmy was meant to be focusing on schoolwork, he was continuing his detective work in a garden shed.

Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants

release date: Sep 01, 2019

Timmy Failure: Now Look What Mistakes Were Made

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Timmy Failure: Now Look What Mistakes Were Made
Now look what you''ve done: Timmy Failure and his polar bear sidekick, Total, are about to crack the biggest case of his generation, a school competition to find a stolen globe.

Pearls Hogs the Road

release date: Apr 25, 2017
Pearls Hogs the Road
The Pearls gang returns with characteristically misanthropic humor (but with more leather): no self-aggrandizing is too flagrant for Rat, no subject is too erudite for Goat, and no sensory input is too basic for Pig. All topics are fair game for Stephan Pastis and his brass-knuckle punch lines. Comic strip censors, apathetic baristas, and IRS employees are all strongly advised to laugh or get out of the way. Pearls Hogs the Road also features three comic strips illustrated by the legendary Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes, who ended a 19-year hiatus from the comics page to collaborate with Pastis.

Timmy Failure: We Meet Again

release date: Jun 01, 2019

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

release date: Sep 25, 2018
Timmy Failure: It's the End When I Say It's the End
In the series finale, Timmy Failure and his class create a hilarious film about his life — just in time for the holidays. 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. What’s more, my father is in town, working at a bar, which is obviously just a cover for our father-son crime-fighting partnership. And my dim-witted polar bear business partner, Total, wants to be reunited with his family. I should have known it would end like this. I expected more.

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

release date: Sep 27, 2016
Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have
Banishment from his life’s calling can’t keep a comically overconfident detective down in the latest episode by New York Times bestseller Stephan Pastis. 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. Worst of all, Timmy is banned from detective work. It’s a conspiracy of buffoons. He recorded everything in his private notebook, but then the manuscript was stolen. If this book gets out, he will be grounded for life. Or maybe longer. And will Timmy’s mom really marry Doorman Dave?

Stephan's Web

release date: Nov 22, 2016
Stephan's Web
Some Rat! Stephan Pastis may not be the kind, selfless arachnid of E.B. White''s cherished children''s novel, but he sure can spin a story - that is, if Rat, Pig, Goat, and Zebra don''t swat him with a stick first. In Stephan''s Web, the Pearls gang continues to find that friendship and puns are the best defense against everyday predators, like self-righteous vegans, cyclists, and fruitarians.

Floundering Fathers

release date: Jan 01, 2018
Floundering Fathers
A collection of comic strips mocks the foibles of human nature with the antics of egotistical Rat, clueless Pig, intellectual Goat, and letter-writing optimist Zebra.

Pearls Before Swine 2018 Calendar

release date: Aug 22, 2017

I'm Only in This for Me

release date: May 03, 2016
I'm Only in This for Me
Are you tired of America''s broken politics, tired partisan bickering, and really lame newspaper comics? Well, Stephan Pastis can''t help you with the first two. But he, along with Rat, Pig, and the rest of the animal crew from Pearls Before Swine, voted the Most Reprehensible Comic Strip in the Continental U.S. by the League of Easily Offended and Unfunny Citizens*, are doing their best to make the American comic great again. In I''m Only in This for Me, the Pearls gang dares to tell the hard truths that the country needs to hear: the importance of prioritizing cheese over everything else, the sadly ignored capacity of bears to solve all of life''s problems, and the crucial Recognition Gap between women in bars and semi-obscure cartoonists with delusions of grandeur. But beneath all the selfishness, absurdity, bungling crocs, and bazooka-wielding ducks, Rat, Pig, Goat, and Zebra continue to find that friendship can make life warmer, humor can make stupidity less annoying, and cheese really does make everything way, way better. Lastly, this collection features the triumphant return of a legendary comics icon: Stephan Pastis! (And also some weirdo named Bill Watterson.) *Not an actual group or award

Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection

release date: Oct 06, 2015
Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection
Some surprising news sends Timmy Failure on a hilarious caper as the New York Times best-selling series continues. Behold! You are all about to be witnesses to greatness. 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, Total the polar bear, Doorman Dave, and smells-like-a-tangerine criminal mastermind Molly Moskins. It’s a world gone mad, where good becomes bad, and Timmy Failure is a condemned man. Someone call the authorities. . . .

Suit Your Selfie

release date: Jul 18, 2017
Suit Your Selfie
Gather ''round the smartphone, kids! Stephan and the Pearls gang are back with a whole album''s-worth of jokes, jabs, and cringe-worthy puns. Even Rat cracks a smile in this fifth Pearls Before Swine collection tailored for middle-grade readers. Witty, wacky, and occasionally wise, Suit Your Selfie is more kid-friendly fun from the New York Times best-selling author of Timmy Failure.

Pearls Gets Sacrificed

release date: Sep 22, 2015
Pearls Gets Sacrificed
True to Pearls Before Swine tradition, the latest cartoon collection brims with Stephan Pastis’s cynical humor, sharp wit, and clever commentary. Always together—and sometimes with their fellow funny-page characters—the regular Pearls clan weighs in on everything from modern technology to current events to human nature. All the members of the skewed gang are here as Zebra engages in a never-ending war of neighborly hate with the Crocs. As always, Goat offers a voice of reason amid the ongoing chaos that Pastis creates, either from behind the pen or as a character within the strip itself. Pastis’s latest collection is sure to add to the funny-page phenomenon, giving Pearls fans more of what they know and love: satirical logic and hilarious wit. Includes all cartoons from the collections Breaking Stephan and King of the Comics.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck

release date: Sep 12, 2017
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck
PUNS! We know it''s coming. The telltale signs are all there: the oddly specific setup, the unusual word choice, and, just visible out of the corner of our eye, the final panel of Stephan sitting at his desk awaiting the chastisement of one of his characters. Somehow the pun still manages to elicit a groan larger than we expected. Fortunately for us--and for Stephan''s job security--there are more than just puns in I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream Because Puns Suck. The entire Pearls Before Swine crew returns in some of the strip''s most raucous cartoons yet. Rat tries his hand at public service as a judge and presidential candidate (he''s accepting tips), Goat has a nasty run-in with Internet trolls (maybe it''s time to get off social media), and Pig is dismayed to learn that there is no European city of "Hamsterdam" (much less a dam that holds back a river of hamsters). And like always, the Zebras can congratulate each other on a safe day and hope for a Croc-less tomorrow--in other words, the preys praise and pray.

Zero To Hero: Timmy Failure Prequel

release date: Jan 01, 2020
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