The Dumbest Idea Ever!: A Graphic Novel

The Dumbest Idea Ever!: A Graphic Novel

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Jimmy Gownley's graphic novel memoir about the dumb idea that changed his life forever!

What if the dumbest idea ever turned your life upside down?At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right. How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class? Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 137 x 201 x 23mm | 431g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 054545347X
  • 9780545453479
  • 230,479

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What if the dumbest idea ever turned your life upside down?

At thirteen, Jimmy was popular, at the top of his class, and the leading scorer on his basketball team. But all that changed when chicken pox forced him to miss the championship game. Things went from bad to worse when he got pneumonia and missed even more school. Before Jimmy knew it, his grades were sinking and nothing seemed to be going right.

How did Jimmy turn things around, get back on top at school, and land a date with the cutest girl in class?

Renowned comics creator Jimmy Gownley shares his adventures as he grows from an eager-to-please boy into a teenage comic book artist. This is the real-life story of how the DUMBEST idea ever became the BEST thing that ever happened to him.
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Praise for The Dumbest Idea Ever:

* Humble, endearing and utterly easy to relate to; don't miss this one. --Kirkus, starred review

It's a deeply personal and genuine work of autobiography, and an open letter of assurance to aspiring artists everywhere. --Publishers Weekly

This is an excellent example of autobiographical sequential art at its most deeply felt. --Booklist
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About Jimmy Gownley

Jimmy Gownley is an award-winning comics author who began writing and drawing comics at age 15. His acclaimed series, Amelia Rules!, was launched in 2001 to a flurry of rave reviews and became a New York Times bestseller. He has been nominated for multiple Eisner awards and his most recent book, The Dumbest Idea Ever!, won the Children's Choice Award. He cofounded the organization Kids Love Comics, which works to promote comic books and graphic novels as a valuable tool for literacy. Jimmy lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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This is the first time I've actually heard of this author but I'm going to be looking for his other work right away. This is an outstanding and inspiring memoir of the author in Gr. 8 & 9 Catholic school. Two pivotal years in his life when he learned who and what he was going to be. A fascinating and inspirational story of a teenager who becomes a cartoonist at the age of 15, yet it deals with all the normal highschool/teen realities: first date, starting high school, making new friends, losing old ones, teenage angst and getting a swelled head. Anyone who likes to draw or even doodle around will fall into this story and feel exhilarated. It made me feel excited for my children, that they can do anything if they are passionate about it. Jimmy is such a lovable character and his wit and humour is deadpan, I really didn't want the book to end. He's a kind, good-natured guy but just like anyone he can have a nasty side and at a certain point gets an ego that goes out of control making him a real person. There are a few author graphic memoirs out there now for teens but this is one of the most genuine I've come across. My 14yob enjoyed it very much as well.show more
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