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Title: The Dumbest Idea Ever!
This is an autobiographical novel that explores how the author became a cartoonist. At thirteen he is the brightest kid in the class and the star basketball player. However, an illness forces him to miss quite a bit of school and he starts to become disillusioned with working so hard. Slowly his grades start to slip. His real satisfaction comes from creating comic books. As he starts to devote time and energy to this endeavor he realizes this is his passion. While this path is quite a bit different than what was expected of him, his parents support him, despite an environment that doesn’t quite see the value in “comics.”
This book is, in part, a look at what it takes to really be good at something. It also is about how to find inspiration when the answer isn’t obvious. That can be applied to a lot of things, not just creating comics. What do you do when you are in conflict with what is expected and what you aspire to do? The book also touches on the changes kids face in high school and is a realistic look at growing up.
Kids who liked John Scieszka’s Knucklehead will appreciate this story. While this book isn’t quite as laugh inducing, it is a realistic look at growing up, and kids will appreciate the similarities to their own life. Kids who aspire to comic book writing will consider this a true gift.
Just another example of the power and insight that graphic novels can impart. Do you still need more convincing?
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