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The Sorry Life of Timothy Shmoe

By Stephanie Simpson McLellan and Zoe Si

From 4 to 8 | 32 pages

An impulsive little boy experiences the power of unconditional love

Timothy Shmoe isn’t a bad kid, but sometimes he makes honest (and not-so-honest) mistakes. Time after time, Timothy finds himself in disasters of his own creation, leaving a trail of broken heirlooms, torn tutus, and innocent bystanders (including his cat, Fluffy).

Told in a series of letters, readers follow Timothy through his hilarious antics and missteps. When his pocketful of marbles wreaks havoc at his sister’s ballet recital, Timothy realizes he’s gone too far. In one final, remorseful letter, Timothy apologizes for the ballet blunder and says his father probably wishes Timothy had never been born. What follows is a touching lesson about the redeeming power of acceptance.

Bright, comic-like illustrations and hand-lettered text bring Timothy and his shenanigans to life. Hilarious and heartwarming, The Sorry Life of Timothy Shmoe is a call to empathy for children who struggle with impulse control, and a tribute to unconditional love.
Stephanie Simpson McLellan, Zoe Si
"Everyone has been Timothy Shmoe at one time or another... Kids and adults alike will identify." - Kirkus Reviews

"Line and watercolor–styled cartoon art and giggle-inducing hand-lettered apology notes capture the damages done vis à vis the contrition on offer."

- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"There are laughs in The Sorry Life of Timothy Shmoe but also lessons about intention, consequences and forgiveness. Timothy Shmoe is anybody who makes mistakes and then has to face the consequences for those mistakes. That's all of us."

- CanLit for Little Canadians
"This humorous story is one that both children and adults will enjoy together." - Youth Services Book Review

"As raucous as it is kindhearted and comforting ... Terrifically funny and thoughtful."

- Fab Book Reviews
Blue Spruce Award, 2022

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