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The Dumbest Idea Ever!

5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Graphic Novel, Realistic

dumbest idea ever coverThe Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

This is the true story of award-winning comic artist and author Jimmy Gownley (creator of the popular Amelia Rules! series).  In this graphic novel, you’ll see Jimmy go from academic superstar to class nothing as he moves from elementary through junior high to high school.  His talent for drawing and love for comics are appreciated but a bit misunderstood by the teachers at his small Catholic school.  Eventually Jimmy decides to publish his own comic book, and the results make him locally famous and popular (and full of himself).  This is a touching memoir that shows the emotional ups and downs of the teenage years, but primarily focuses on creativity, art, and creation and their ability to give meaning and purpose to one’s life.  Highly recommended for older kids who love to draw and tell stories.  You’ll be inspired!

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring


5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Graphic Novel, Realistic.
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