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. Read more...
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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Like the superheroes he’s so fond of, cartoonist Gownley’s own “origin story” has its share of tragedy and triumph, though his doesn’t involve any dead relatives. As a teenager in a Pennsylvania small town, Gownley excelled at school and basketball (less so, at least initially, with getting girls to like him), but his true passion was drawing. His mantra-like refrain, “I still have my desk... some pencils... some paper,” centered the budding cartoonist, who wrote, drew, and self-published his own comic book at age 15, a task he found both trying and rewarding. It takes a few years and a couple dashed hopes, but eventually Gownley realizes that drawing inspiration from his own life into his comics is his life’s calling (and he learns not to neglect his personal relationships in the process). As in his Amelia Rules! series, Gownley plays it pretty straight visually, relying on an accessible, Peanuts-influenced style accompanied by effective hand lettering. It’s a deeply personal and genuine work of autobiography, and an open letter of assurance to aspiring artists everywhere. Ages 10–12. Agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary Agency. (Mar.)■