A to Z Challenge Day 7: G .
Gimme Jimmy had no friends, which was probably good since Jimmy wasn’t a good friend himself. His favorite word was gimme, as in
Gimme my toys, and Gimme my books.
Jimmy was also a bully. He took things from little girls at school and grabbed from his parents at home. Jimmy did not care what anyone thought. He thought he was cool and that was enough for Jimmy.
His father thought otherwise and told Jimmy his hand would get bigger every time he took something from someone. Jimmy ignored dad’s warning and continued to say gimme. To Jimmy’s surprise, his hand grew with each utterance of that now awful word.
Soon it was so large he could not use his hand or even get it through a door.
His father saw the size of his son’s hand and gave him new advice. Jimmy listened. After saying please and thank you, and generally being nice and polite, Jimmy’s hand reduced back to its normal size. He now had friends, he had fun, and no one ever called him Gimme Jimmy again.
This immediately reminded me of Pinocchio and his nose that grew with each lie. Only with Jimmy, his hand grew to unimaginable sizes because of his greed and selfishness. By the time Jimmy catches on his hand is too big to move around. I have not read many books that have the father involved. That is a nice change.
Dad warns Jimmy what will happen if he continues grabbing for things he wants and being impolite to others. Jimmy must not believe as he continues his rotten behavior and bullying ways.
When dad arrives to pick up Jimmy from school, Jimmy’s hand is too large for Jimmy to lift. Dad then gives Jimmy advice on how to get a normal size hand again. Thankfully, Jimmy listens this time.
Ms. Cannon’s books are message books. They each help a child with a behavior. The Magic Word (winner of three awards in 2011), is about a a little girl who will not say please or thank you, and is selfish. None of her classmates will attend her birthday party. My favorite, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys (winner of two awards in 2011), is about a boy that whines and cries about everything, from morning to night. Gimme Jimmy takes on Jimmy the bully, but concentrates more on his selfishness, it’s-mine attitude, and his I-want-it-now greediness.
Ms. Cannon writes in rhyme that is simple and easy to follow. One or two lines tripped up my tongue, causing me to pause and lose the flow, but the rest were fun to read. There is humor to enjoy and the illustrations do a great job depicting the text. To add to the fun, Elizabeth from The Magic Word appears on a page, as do the covers for two of the author’s earlier books. Here is what Ms. Cannon has to say:
A special note to my readers: Can you find my other titles in this book? (The Magic Word and Peter and the Whimper-Whineys) Can you find Elisabeth from The Magic Word? Please let me know if you can! www.sherrillcannon.com
Hm, sounds like a challenge. If anyone finds these in the book and lets Ms. Cannon know, please let me know what, if anything, she has in store for those who are right.
The Kalpart Team once again illustrates for Ms. Cannon and is again fantastic. Just look at Jimmy and you can tell this kid is a brat and a bully. As the story continues, Jimmy’s anguish caused by his enlarged hand is seen in his eyes. The illustrations are very expressive and colorful. Gimme Jimmy is a good story time book. It will be a good bedtime story also. There is humor, yet not enough to get a kid worked up beyond the point of sleep. This book is a keeper.
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Author: Sherrill S. Cannon Illustrator: The Kalpart Team Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 978-1-61897-267-5 Number of Pages: 30 Ages: 4+ **all four books A to Z Challenge Day 7: G