#114 – Gimme Jimmy by Sherrill S. Cannon

A to Z Challenge Day 7: G 

4.75 Stars   

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.

Author’s website           Trailer for Gimme Jimmy

To comment, please scroll up, look left, and click on comment under the date. 

Gimme Jimmy

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


16 thoughts on “#114 – Gimme Jimmy by Sherrill S. Cannon

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  2. It is very non-committal of you to give a book 4.75 stars! 1/2 stars don’t cut it?! 😉 Great detailed review Sue. My kids and I really enjoyed this book as well. Thanks for being part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop.


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  6. Great review! I like how you shared some of the pictures with us. I can’t wait to read the book!


    • Thank you.

      The pictures do make the review pop. Erik, of http://ThisKidReviewsBooks.com let me know how to make it happen. Ms. Cannon has three other books, one of them a Christmas book like none other. Search her name in the blog search box and you’ll find all three.

      Warning: I’ve only recently added pics. Maybe if I get some down time I can go back and improve the older reviews.

      Thanks for reading my review.


  7. I’m always glad to hear of kids’ books that actually have a positive message. I’m trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.


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    • Hm, Erik, are you referring to your little sister? 😉 Just kidding, I know you two get along well. But, having an endorsement from a ten-year-old is praise indeed.


  9. This sounds like a book with an important lesson for kids to learn.

    Glad you had the message of where to find the place to leave a comment. I still had to look for it, but at least I was looking in the right place.

    A Few Words
    An A to Z Co-host blog


    • Ms. Cannon does a great job writing these types of books for kids. She makes them entertaining and the message is hard to miss, yet not shoved down your throat (or the kid’s).

      I do not know what more I can do about the comments, short of finding a new theme (which I will be doing after April’s challenge). Any suggestion is welcome.


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