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Jimmy the Greatest!

Written by Jairo Buitrago

Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

Translated by Elisa Amado

  • 52 Pages
  • 9781554981786
  • 8.27" x 8.86"
  • Reading age from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / General
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • JUVENILE FICTION

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Publication Date May 01, 2012

Listed as one of the Best Children's Books of 2012 by Kirkus, honored with the Horn Book Fanfare, and selected for the School Library Journal's 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2012

Jimmy lives in a small town by the sea where there is just one tiny gym. The owner of the gym suggests that Jimmy start training, and to inspire him, he gives Jimmy a box full of books, as well as newspaper clippings about Muhammad Ali - "The Greatest." Jimmy is swept with admiration for Ali. He begins to read and run and box like crazy, even though someone at the gym has taken his shoes. And as he does so, he makes a great discovery: you don't have to leave home to be "the greatest."

Unlike many stories about emigration, Jairo Buitrago's simple, profound text is about someone who decides to stay in his small remote town in Latin America. Combined with Rafael Yockteng's humorous illustrations, this book will be especially appealing to boys and boxing aficionados.

The Spanish edition, ¡Jimmy, el más grande!, was recently nominated for one of "Los mejores libros del año" (Best Books of the Year) by Venezuela's Banco del Libro.

Selected for the Kirkus Best Children's Books 2012

Selected for the Horn Book Fanfare 2012

Selected for the School Library Journal's 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2012 2012

Contributors

Jairo Buitrago

Jairo Buitrago is a children’s book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several award-winning picture books, including Jimmy the Greatest! (which received six starred reviews) and Two White Rabbits (which received three starred reviews). Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest (Fondo de Cultura Económica de México), and their books have been included in IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and the White Ravens Catalogue.

Rafael Yockteng

Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books), and Jimmy the Greatest! (which received six starred reviews) and Two White Rabbits (which received three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest (Fondo de Cultura Económica de México), and their books have been included in IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and the White Ravens Catalogue.

Elisa Amado
Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. She has written Un barrilete para el Día de los muertos / Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead, Cousins (Primas) and Tricycle (El triciclo), which is on the Américas Award Commended List and is a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her most recent books are What Are You Doing? and Why Are You Doing That?. Elisa lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Reviews

Star Review

"Eye-opening inspiration in this unassuming import from Colombia" Kirkus Book Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"This is a genuine, bighearted picture of life in a Third World village that neither romanticizes poverty nor evokes pity—and it packs a powerful punch." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"This gentle tale of self-fulfillment and acceptance will be a winning addition to collections." School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"In a world where so many must leave their homes to find work, it's inspiring to see Jimmy able to do a truly great thing, right where he wants to" Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

". . . quietly powerful title." Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"A splendid example of the power of showing rather than telling." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW

""Jimmy the Greatest! is a compelling story containing many layers of significance and understated wisdom."" CM Magazine

"A subtle, cheering story that celebrates community spirit and action." Toronto Star