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.
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About the Author
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.
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Don Apolinar gave him a cardboard box filled with books and newspaper clippings. There was also a note saying,“Muhammad Ali’s bike was stolen when he was little.”
But, who was Muhammed Ali?
Jimmy read and re-read the books and clippings. He read as he never had before using the glasses that he had never worn . . .
His mother was surprised to see Jimmy reading and shadow-boxing at the same time.