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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545453461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545453462
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5–8—In this funny and heartfelt graphic memoir by the author of the popular "Amelia Rules" series (Atheneum), Gownley introduces readers to his 13-year-old self. With excellent grades and strong skills on the basketball court, Jimmy is a star at his school until a nasty bout with chicken pox and pneumonia force him to miss over a month of classes and the championship game. While bedridden, the young artist rediscovers his love of comics and soon sets about creating and publishing his very own—a task that is easier said than done. Jimmy's struggle through that awkward divide between childhood and adolescence, the palm-sweating excitement of a first girlfriend, his growing disillusionment with school and homework, and his desire to escape the confines of his small Pennsylvania town and find his own special talent is authentically portrayed and will resonate with kids. Jimmy is at times boisterous and overconfident, while secretly struggling to reconcile the kid he was with the young man he is growing into. His relationships with his parents, his friends, and even some nuns at his strict Catholic school are portrayed with realism and humor. Gownley's energetic cartoons keep the overall tone light and upbeat, while subtle shifts in palette appropriately reflect the story's emotional highs and lows. This charming and inspiring tale will be enjoyed by fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile (Scholastic, 2010) and aspiring comics creators everywhere.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

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Gownley is well known for his Amelia Rules series, full of crafty storytelling and emotional sensitivity. In his latest offering, he shows what made him the graphic novelist he grew up to be. At 13, with supportive parents and friends and teachers who gave him intellectual tools and encouragement along with hard reality checks, Jimmy creates his first (self-) published comic book, to impressive acclaim. Two years later, with a little more worldliness under his belt, as well as some heartbreak and rocky times with his best friend, Tony, Jimmy turned back to the drawing board to create a much better, more accurate story of his creativity, his dedication, and what shaped him as a successful artist. Gownley’s cartoonish and expressive illustrations send the reader into Jimmy’s world and thoughts, from his early fascination with superheroes right through the bittersweet afterword, in which Gownley reveals that he was able to deliver the completed story of his adolescence to Tony soon before his early death. This is an excellent example of autobiographical sequential art at its most deeply felt. Grades 5-9. --Francisca Goldsmith

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My 14yob enjoyed it very much as well.
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A great inspiration for kids with a strong message to never give up on your dreams.
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I absolutely loved this book, read it cover to cover in no time!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Gallagher on February 27, 2014
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I have been a fan of all of Jimmy Gownley's work, most notably Amelia Rules-- but in reading this autobiography, we get a glimpse not into HOW to draw comics, but, I think more importantly-- WHY you draw comics. As an artist, some of the moments in Gownley's life were eerily familiar, from his first visit to a comic shop, to the hard work (and eventual payoff) in pursuing something that created so much magic for him.

If you have a child from 8-18 interested in drawing, and want to further that spark, this is a great, readable graphic novel-- family friendly, but not talking down.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Thomas on March 11, 2014
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Jimmy Gownley presents the engaging tale of how he came to learn that, in many cases, the best content an author of fiction can present is that which he has lived himself in his "Dumbest Idea Ever".

His atmospheric, wonderfully-rendered characters and settings are evocative of all that was wonderful of the 1980s zeitgeist. Wholesome parochial school replete with kindly nuns (Sister Anne James) and terrifying ones (Sister Regina Alma). Small-town grade school basketball rivalries played out via the local CYO (Catholic Youth Organization). Playing at Star Wars-like adventures in his Girardville neighborhood with best childhood chum, Marnie Marquardt. After being slammed with back-to-back bouts of serious illness, Jimmy comes to the realization that he wants to seriously pursue a vocation as a graphic artist. His mother and dad make every effort to support him with his dream.

Jimmy matriculates to the regional Catholic high school, Cardinal Brennan, making friends with former hoops opponent Tony Graziano. This fresh educational scene also introduces him to his love interest, Ellen Toole. Jimmy shows Tony his comic masterwork (which even the author would self-deprecatingly refer to now as a "comedic" effort) -- but Tony is not only unimpressed, he's dismissive of it. He says one simple line that would stay with young Jimmy forever: "Why not make a comic strip about US?"

Jimmy's done all that. And so much more.

His journey is not simplistic. Jimmy didn't go from amateur output (he released his first volume of seminal work "Shades of Gray" while still in high school) to New York Times bestseller without a great deal of struggle and occasional disappointment.

But his message is unmistakable: don't give up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tisha Kulak-Tolar on March 4, 2014
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There is so much that is said in this book to inspire, to encourage, to show those dreamers that it is all worth it - ALWAYS! Kudos to Jimmy Gownley who not only represented his childhood aspirations perfectly, he provides the courage for others to chase their dreams just as far. It's a beautiful message to remind us, especially our kids, that YES dreams do come true. It's about believing in yourself even when no one else does. It's about grabbing your passions and never letting them go! In the end, the idea is never as dumb as you might think! No matter where you've come from know that you can go wherever you want! Great job Mr. Gownley!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen L. Domalakes on March 4, 2014
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This book not only speaks to the people of the small community where it took place, but anyone who comes from a small town, or went to high school, had a first love, lost their way, found their way, doubted themselves and then finally used their experience for good. Oh yeah, and there is art for everyone to enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By labayliff on March 1, 2014
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I absolutely loved this book, read it cover to cover in no time!!! What an inspirational tale!!! This book appeals to parents, kids, and anyone who needs a boost to their day! Well written, well drawn, who could ask for more?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janine G on February 27, 2014
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Perfect in every way! Funny, touching, endearing. I thoroughly enjoyed every page... I couldn't put it down. It's a part of my history too, so there's a heartfelt connection. Everyone needs to buy this book, read it and steep in what's possible for each of us if we just honor the truth within.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen T Austin on February 26, 2014
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Once again Gownley has captured what it is like to be a kid caught between the expectations of the adult world and their own ambition. A great read for any child (or grownup) facing the same challenge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Rader on February 26, 2014
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Just finished up reading THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER! A great inspiration for kids with a strong message to never give up on your dreams. Illustrations are outstanding and the story will hold the attention of readers of all ages! A must buy for home and schools!
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