Jimmy the Greatest!

Buitrago, Jairo

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Jimmy the Greatest!
Inspired by Muhammad Ali, Jimmy starts training to become a boxer, and while his future looks bright, he decides leaving his small town for big matches might not be the best option for him.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781554981786
Branch Call Number: J PIC B
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 x 24 cm.


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Jimmy may not have shoes but he has books and boxing. And sometimes it’s possible to make your dreams come true right in your own backyard.

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Apr 24, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 24, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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Apr 24, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 24, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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