Jimmy the Greatest!

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Groundwood Books
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8.3 X 9.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Jairo Buitrago is a children's book author who has collaborated with Rafael Yockteng on several picture books, and together they won the "A la Orilla del Viento" contest (Mexico). Buitrago has also been named to IBBY's Honor List.
Rafael Yockteng was born in Peru, but has lived in Colombia for most of his life. He has illustrated many highly acclaimed children's books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List) and Mandaderos de la lluvia / Messengers of Rain, a bilingual anthology of Latin American poetry selected by Claudia M. Lee. He also won (with Jairo Buitrago) the "A la Orilla del Viento" contest, organized by Fondo de Cultura Econo´mica de Me´xico.


"Who was Muhammed Ali? Jimmy read and re-read the books and clippings . . . His mother was surprised to see Jimmy reading and shadow-boxing at the same time."
-- from the book
A Kirkus Best Children's Book of 2012

New York Public Library Top 100 Books for Children and Youth, 2012

"Eye-opening inspiration in this unassuming import from Colombia." --Kirkus, starred review

"...quietly powerful title."--Booklist, starred review

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

"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