The Dumbest Idea Ever!

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

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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?"--Front jacket flap.
Publisher: New York: Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545453462
Characteristics: 236 pages :,chiefly colour illustrations ;,21 cm.


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Dec 29, 2018

A book of middle school drama, love, heartbreak, and really cool comics. A must read for the fan of comics and hilarious recounting of childhood. Still fresh and new every time you read it!

Jun 11, 2016

I really liked the way Jimmy put his life into a comic with additional humor that will make want more. I haven't read his Amelia Rocks series. Is that a good book?

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

This graphic novel is a fictionalized autobiography of Jimmy Gownley: floundering in high school after being on top at middle school. Can his ‘dumb’ idea lead him to his true passion in life? Readers who enjoyed Raina Telgemeier’s Smile will enjoy this book.

Oct 13, 2015

"The Dumbest Idea Ever" would be great for teaching teachers, parents, and old school librarians about the different genres of graphics. I liked how the use of color faded when the main character was depressed. It was also meta at times and would for teaching about meta literature. The story itself is light, but not exciting.

0Charlie Feb 04, 2015

Got about half way through this book and gave up - not enough to keep my interest.

Aug 27, 2014

A very good book that you need to's very funny and it's a fast read : )

forbesrachel Aug 14, 2014

Jimmy lives in a small, isolated, Christian community. As the perfect student, and a reasonable young man, he is well liked, but not well understood, especially in regards to his love of drawing and comics. School becomes unfulfilling, and his life turns for the worse until his friend comes up with the dumbest idea ever. This one comment, to write a comic book based on their lives, actually turns out to be the very thing he needs. Unlike his earlier achievements, Jimmy struggles to create his first works, which makes his eventual success all the more rewarding. Cartoonishly expressive art, along with playful bubbles and text provide a lively and fun tone for this graphica with a very important lesson. Events do feel too "perfect", yet this was done intentionally. Author Jimmy Gownley has essentially written a memoir about his early life creating comics that says "if I could do it, so could you". His tale, although it greatly simplifies the reality of the difficulty of achieving success, encourages children to pursue a career path in the arts. The entire graphic novel reflects on the advice his friend gave him, and in this way he shares it with readers... write what you know.

Jul 29, 2014

I really liked the author's purpose of writing the book, to inspire other comic artists to follow their dreams!!

BCD2013 Jun 09, 2014

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When Jimmy's grades start dropping and his former status as his school's golden boy is in question he discovers that writing and publishing his own comics brings him more attention than he'd ever dreamed possible.
- Betsy Bird

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