Jimmy the Greatest!

Jimmy the Greatest!

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Don Apolinar urges Jimmy, who lives in a small Caribbean town where there is not much to do, to start training at the boxing gym and to read about Muhammad Ali. Jimmy begins to realize that he is a good boxer and finds that he would be happy running the gym and improving his hometown.
Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley, CA : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2012
ISBN: 9789589827321
9781554981786
1554981786
Branch Call Number: JP BUITRAGO
Characteristics: [48] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Yockteng, Rafael - Illustrator

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ChristchurchLib Nov 28, 2012

Originally published in Colombia, this "poignant, funny" and "bighearted" (Publishers Weekly) book tells the story of Jimmy, a boy who lives in a poor fishing village and is encouraged to take up boxing by Don Apolinar, the owner of the local gym. Inspired by Don Apolinar's old newspaper clippings about Muhammad Ali, Jimmy trains hard and does learn how to box...but he doesn't leave his hometown for the big city like Don Apolinar eventually does. With an unusual ending that affirms the importance of community, Jimmy the Greatest! is an unforgettable book that gets better with repeat readings

Picture books November 2012 newsletterhttp://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=574049

MB9 Aug 14, 2012

This is a beautifully illustrated, well-crafted book with an unusal, interesting, and touching story. I have no idea who the core audience would be for it- preteen boxing enthusiasts who like simple picture books? Highly recommended. Not sure to whom, but highly recommended.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 24, 2012

With a careful hand author/illustrator pair Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have created a book that is an ode to the people who stay in small communities, helping and improving the daily lives of their friends and neighbors. This is a story that folks can relate to, no matter where they live. It’s a paean to the heroes of small town life. Unsung heroes, I have located your book.

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MB9 Aug 14, 2012

MB9 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 24, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 24, 2012

Jimmy’s fishing village is not particularly big or impressive since “there is usually only one small church and, if you’re lucky, a little gym where you can hit a punching bag, skip rope or box.” Boxing is precisely what Jimmy and all the other kids in the village spend a lot of their time doing, until one day Don Apolinar (who runs the gym) gives Jimmy a box containing books, magazines, and information about a guy named Muhammad Ali. Suddenly Jimmy starts using those glasses he never paid much attention to before and he’s reading everything he can get his hands on. In time, Don Apolinar leaves the village for the big city, but that’s okay. Jimmy stays behind, opening a little library and improving the boxing ring, and making the village a better place.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 24, 2012

“I’m the champ. Only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick, wrestled an alligator and got home in time to make lunch for Gramps.”

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