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The Dumbest Idea Ever!

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,995 ratings  ·  449 reviews
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 n
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Published February 25th 2014 by Graphix
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May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Is it or is it not a good idea to tell young people that they are special and unique? It’s a legitimate question. When I was growing up the emphasis in school was clearly on self-esteem. On Track and Field Day everybody got the standard participation ribbon. Effort, even minimal effort, was rewarded. And if you grew up in a small town there was the extra added benefit of getting to be a big fish in a small pond. The combination of being told you were one-of-a-kind, the best of the best, and more ...more
Kyleigh M
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am typically not one for graphic novels but really liked this one. It's an autobiography of the author's life and I really enjoyed the storyline. Would recommend to my classmates. ...more
Ashlee G
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of graphic novels but this book was really good. It is about a 13-year-old boy that was a straight A student and leading player on his basketball team. Suddenly he got the chicken pox and pneumonia, which made him miss his championship basketball game. He was blamed for the loss and everything went south. His grades dropped and everything. His parents were getting worried about him. He had to find a way to turn things around. He eventually got a date with the cutest girl in the ...more
angel jewel
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book because it's funny and interesting. Jimmy loves to read comic books, he even makes his own. This guy in his class has chicken pox and it spread to him, i guess. He couldn't even go to school so his grades were going down. There was a basketball game coming up and they lost because he wasn't there to play so now, everyone is blaming him. He likes this girl and he was going to ask her out but he was too scared. He decided to just go for it and she said yes. They went to New York t ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it

I want to buy multiple adults copies of this book every time they discourage a kid from picking up a comic book or graphic novel. Just from my librarian experience, countless parents come to bemoan the fact that their child will never become the Harvard scholar that they are suppose to be since they only are interested in reading comics, and not great works of classic literature. I wish I could hand this book out to adults every time they discourage a kid from picking up a comic book or graphi
Sara Geiser
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I think that this book was okay. It wasn't the best graphic novel book I have ever read, but I didn't mind reading it. I liked how to told how someone made a comic book inside of a graphic novel. ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
An easy and quick read with a heartfelt message at the end on feeling stuck in your hometown and realizing it's just the first stepping stone in your journey. It really struck a chord within me.
Though, the artwork of the boys looking all similar to the main character save for their hair made it a bit difficult to distinguish between them all.

But I love saying the title in Noora's (SKAM) catchphrase: "That is the dumbest thing I've heard."

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Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, kids, 2015
Jimmy Gownley's Amelia Rules series is one of my very favorites. If I stopped to rank the graphic novels series I've read, it would easily fall in the top 5. It's not dark, grim, or scary; in other words, it's nothing like my other favorites. It's funny, moving and it just rings true.
So when I was searching for more in the series, I found this instead, the author's story of how he got started in comics when he was a teenager, told in comic book form.
Amelia Rules fans will love it. I think it wil
Angie O
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was funny and it seemed pretty realistic. Since its a comic book, I expected this book to be about superheroes and all that but no, it's realistic fiction and seems real like it could happen to anyone. ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jimmy writes a comic book and ends up getting famous. Now I want to make a comic book to get famous. lol
Alec R
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
the definition of a great graphic novel, ive read 100 times and ill read it 100 more.
very heartfelt
Jamie Liu
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book “The Dumbest Idea Ever” is wrote by Jimmy Gownley. It is a comic book talking about Jimmy who wrote a comic book when he was in high school. This book used flashback to talk about what happen before Jimmy start writing books. Jimmy’s grade always not good. Write comic book is the idea come from Jimmy’s friend. When Jimmy sell his book to the classmates, he got a girlfriend. But he quit his basketball game, only focus on his work. In the end of the story, Jimmy lost his girlfriend and d ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It was an ok book but I think the plot line was a little bit confusing and hard to track
Barb Middleton
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I went to the smallest elementary school in our district that had about two class sections per grade. I was the fastest runner in my class and when I got to the much larger middle school, I was devastated to find out I was really not the fastest runner in town. The protagonist, Jimmy Gownley, has a similar experience when he's the star of his basketball team in a Catholic school before he comes down with the Chicken Pox and pneumonia, resulting in the team losing the championship and blaming him ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in doing creative things..

Ever feel like you don't belong or that there's something out there more than just school, teachers, and work work work? Jimmy felt that way, too.

The art might look familiar and that's because it's by the famed author of Amelia Rules: a graphic novel that romps through a childhood rife with super heroes, drama, real life, and friendship. You get to follow Amelia about...growing up bit by bit, frame by frame. And this book tells you how the author Jimmy Gownley got started on that path.

Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Dumbest Idea Ever might just be the most endearing read ever! I loved this slice-of-life style graphic memoir about the author's journey to discovering his dream of creating comics. The use of color is wonderful- drab and grey when the main character is feeling adrift; bright and bursting when he discovers a whole new world at his first visit to a comic book store.

The setting and characters are all well-defined- I loved the glimpse into small-town, Catholic school life. The book's overall m
Jeff Raymond
A very fast-paced, very necessary graphic autobiography/memoir from the great Jimmy Gownley, who has done the Amelia Rules books that I've loved for years. The book is his story of how he learned to be a cartoonist while in middle/high school and what influenced him along the way.

I can surely quibble with a few points here and there, but that would be missing the forest for the trees. Providing an example for kids as to how to follow these dreams they might have is important. Gownley is smart i
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very sweet, biographical graphic novel by the author of the Amelia Rules! graphic novels. Well-written, well-drawn, funny and touching - I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. Look out for the afterward, though - made me tear up a bit! *sniff*
Reid Mccrabb
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great in between books story to read. Interesting format.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Simple and uplifting. Love the author's note at the end! ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Is there a second book? Because it was awesome.
Finn Moher
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was ok, but i liked how the book was the one the Jimmy was writing in the book.
The main idea of this book was you can make and do anything as long as you put your mind to it even if its a bad idea. In this book the writer Jimmy Gownley wrote about himself writing the book and how he got to writing the book. He started off drawing comics about superheroes and things you would normally think when you read a comic book. His friend later told him he should write a comic about th
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In book is called”The dumbest idea ever”, is by Jimmy Gownley, is a story of a boy called Jimmy, of his life have trouble.
In the beginning, he is a good student, he score is always be first, and he have many friends in the school, but one day, he have a really important disease, so he can’t go to school, but his disease more harder at everyday, so he wonder go backe school, he don’t want be late, he go back school at one day, he saw, they are many school thing he late,and his basketball competit
Terry Maguire
The perfect graphic memoir to talk about unexpected outcomes of being stuck at home- great for COVID times. Graphic novelist Jimmy Gownley relates the story of his chicken pox turned pneumonia illnesses as a 13-yr-old that led to him having more time to develop sketches and material while at home that fueled his eventual success while in high school as a graphic novel writer. Gownley experienced many setbacks and self-doubts along the way, but his best friend Tony eventually gave him great advic ...more
Jaylene Delgado
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. Then 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.

I like everything about this book. There isn’t anything i dislike about it.

Luis will like this book, because this is the kind of book he lik
Meghan C
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 28, 2018 added it
This is a comic, talks about a child which is good at football, drawing but got a low GPA. I read this book is because of a school competition, this is a funny book, I love their emotions. At the end: GPA is important!
Aubrey Minnie
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this book was ok, I liked how the main characters interacted together and added to the story. I also liked how at the end of the story it was kinda like a reset for the main character and he got to start over. I think all the drawings were really cool and the writing style of the book was interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy read, or anyone who likes autobiographies.
Emma Bunyea
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was funny and relatable. Personally, I enjoy reading something where you stop, look at a sentence, nod your head, and say yaaaaaaas! Who doesn't? The feeling that your not the only one gives us comfort and makes us feel more normal. So, when you read a book about a socially awkward 15 year old kid in high school wanting to become a comic book artist, you can find some things to relate to. Wether it be, trying to come up with ideas, school work, strict teachers, crushes, parents, or eve ...more
Kate Sheridan
The Dumbest Idea Ever
By Jimmy Gownley
The Dumbest idea turned into the best Idea for Jimmy. Jimmy is a thirteen year old boy that plays basketball. He is one of the top scorers. But suddenly Jimmy gets Chicken Pox which then turned into missing the championship game. Then it got even worse he got Pneumonia and missed even more school. At one point in the book Jimmy suddenly gets terrible grades and everything is going very bad.
The Dumbest Idea Ever is not the best book but it is okay.
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Jimmy Gownley is the author and illustrator of the Amelia Rules! series of graphic novels, as well as the memoir The Dumbest Idea Ever!.

He has been nominated for 13 Eisner awards and 6 Harvey awards. His book Superheroes won the 2006 Cybil Award for best graphic novel for kids 12 and under.

He lives in Pennsylvania.

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