In this follow-up to the great sucess, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, narrator Greg Heffley gives us a more personal look into his family as he tabulates yet another year of teen drama in his journal.
First line: I guess Mom was pretty proud of herself for making write in that journal last year, because now she went out and bought me another one.
This sequel provides a little bit more insight into Greg Heffley and his family, the dorky parents and mean older brother. We were introduced to Rodrick in the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but in this book, Rodrick has more a presence than just an annoying older brother in a rock band. Well actually, Rodrick maintains that same position in this book as well.
This time, the year starts out with Greg trying to shuffle the previous summer break behind him after an unspoken embarrassing incident. Unfortunately from Greg, Rodrick know about this incident and uses it to blackmail Greg. This book is filled with the same hilarious cartoons that made up the first book. The writing is again on key with preteen dialogue and humor. Another great element to this series is that in both books, the pages are lined like the pages of a journal. This makes the book more like a journal and less like a book. There is great appeal for this series from both kids, teens and adults. The events of Greg’s life are pretty generic, but that’s what them special. They are the stories that nearly every person reading this book has gone through and can relate to.
The third book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, will be published in early January of 2009. For the kids that can’t wait until then, you can always pick up a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do It Yourself Book. This book includes post prompts for kids to start their own diary, as well as 16 pages of full color cartoons.
FINAL GRADE: ADiary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney Amulet Books, 2008 ISBN 0810994737 217 pages.