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Jimmy the Greatest! /pdf

Written by Jairo Buitrago • Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

For students in grades P - 2 | Published May 01, 2012 | ISBN 9781554982066
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Cover of Jimmy the Greatest! /pdf

Regular price $18.95 CAD

52 pages
Digital Format

About this book

Jimmy the Greatest! /pdf

Jairo Buitrago • Rafael Yockteng

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.

About the Creators

Jairo Buitrago

Jairo Buitrago is a children’s book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several picture books. Their books have been included on IBBY’s Honor List, in the White Ravens Catalogue (Germany) and on Banco del Libro’s “Los mejores libros del año” / Best Books of the Year (Venezuela).

Rafael Yockteng

Rafael Yockteng has illustrated a number of children's books, which have been published in Colombia and abroad. He lives in Bogotá, Colombia.

Awards and Praise
A quietly powerful title.
  • Commended Kirkus Best Children's Books, 2012
  • Commended Horn Book Fanfare, 2012
  • Commended Booklist Top 10 Translated Books for Youth, 2017
  • Commended School Library Journal's 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2012, 2012
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