Parents' Guide to

The Dumbest Idea Ever

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Funny, affecting memoir of growing up crazy for comics.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Very Funny And Great For Kids!

I thought that this comic book is great for kids who love to laugh! I recommend this book to kids!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The Dumbest Idea Ever is a smart, funny, and affecting memoir in graphic novel form. Author and illustrator Jimmy Gownley does an excellent job of capturing the highs and lows of middle school and early high school, depicting his friends, parents, teachers, and himself with affection and respect. The book also shows that art isn't easy, not even comic book art. Just as he has lessons to learn about being a good student or a good friend, Jimmy has to re-evaluate his own talent. The Dumbest Idea Ever doesn't wallow in fake angst; it's refreshingly realistic in how it approaches its subject.

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