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Around the World by Matt Phelan
A Boy & a Girl by Jamie S. Rich
Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Down Under Donovan by Edgar Wallace
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski
Explorer 2: The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Mud-Slinging Moles by Maxwell Eaton III
Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse by George Selden
Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
How to Make Friends with Demons by Graham Joyce
I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin
The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis by Jon Chad
Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Martian by Andy Weir
Marx by Corrine Maier
Rust: Death of the Rocket Boy by Royden Lepp
The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle by Lynne Cherry
The Sixth Gun, Volume 1 by Cullen Bunn
Sock Monkey Goes To Hollywood: A Star Is Bathed by Cece Bell
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler
The Summer of Love by Debbie Drechsler
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Tune: Still Life by Derek Kirk Kim
Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

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The Gallifreyan Roundabout or Circular thinking and navigation
Genuine antiquitee, yes sir-ee

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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The Dumbest Idea Ever!: 08/12/15

The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley

The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley is a graphic novel style memoir about how the author first discovered comic books and graphic novels, and eventually, how he decided to write them himself.

Jimmmy was having trouble getting excited about school after chicken pox keeps him home during the championship game. With sports out of question and lots of homework to catch up on, he sort of fell apart. Although depression is never mentioned, it seems like something more than just teenage angst or ennui.

Eventually, his out are comic books. Convincing his teachers that they have value is another thing. Comic books and graphic novels (aka "extra thick comic books) are childish and without any literary or educational merit.

Two panels from the comic

Considering I've heard the same sentiments about graphic novels and comic books from educators and parents, I found Jimmy's ongoing campaign to let them be allowed in school fascinating. I'm not saying they should replace all other reading, but I see no problem in including them in school work!

Five stars

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