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Jairo Buitrago's simple yet inspiring story is complemented by Rafael Yockteng's funny, expressive illustrations, making this a book that will speak to many young readers.
The Spanish edition, ¡Jimmy, el más grande!, was recently named one of "Los mejores libros del año" (Best Books of the Year) by Venezuela's Banco del Libro.
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 pityand it packs a powerful punch."—Publishers Weekly
"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