Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 25th 2014
Genres: 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.
I have read at least one Amelia Rules book and absolutely loved it. The Dumbest Idea Ever is a graphic novel memoir about Jimmy and how he came up with the idea for his best selling kids series. I went more blindly into the book, so I didn’t know this was a graphic memoir, but it become obvious pretty quickly. I love graphic novels about journeys and found myself more and more drawn to realistic fiction graphic novels and so this memoir hit the spot. Speckled with humor, Jimmy takes us on a journey through his youth when he was scrambling to be a good student, play sports as well as be an artist.
There is a lot of truth in Jimmy, he shows you the good, the bad and the ugly of growing up. Getting small time fame, it quickly goes to Jimmy’s head when his first graphic novel is in print and he starts to flaunt more, losing some friends and finding out who will stick by him. There’s even some middle grade romance as Jimmy has his first girlfriend. I love the way he explains his old neighbor to his girlfriend, which clicks instantly to how his inspiration for Amelia Rules came about. She was a tomboy and spunky girl, automatically fitting the description of Amelia, who is by far a favorite character of mine when it comes to graphic novels. I highly suggest if you read this book, you go on and read his Amelia Rules series.
Beyond the story, I loved the graphics and dig Gownley’s style. I am a fan of full color graphic novels, so it doesn’t hurt that even the ARC I read was in full fledged color. I definitely think he captured the middle grade student in both illustrations and character. If you love graphic novels, I would highly suggest The Dumbest Idea Ever and the Amelia Rules series.