Daily Archives: July 15, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw – Review

Jeff Kinney brings a third installment of the ever popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This time, Greg Heffley is a little bit older, but not necessarily that much smarter.

His diary chronicles another year in the life of an average pre-teen. The year goes from January to June, tracking such life-changing details as; Greg’s crush and numerous attempts to talk to Holly Hills, the birth of the insult “Ploopy” by younger brother Manny, and the many quiffs with older brother Rodderick.

This series continues to be hilarious and resolute in the hands of young children. This book does not stay on the library shelves, I’m not quite sure how I managed to snag a copy during my last trip to the library. The book is age appropriate for the 12 and under crowd, although plenty of adults get equal entertainment value from the book. The illustrations are cartoonish and have lots of fun sound effects that are fun to say. Kids who really enjoy reading this book may even be turned on to starting their own journal. This series is obviously geared towards boys and its great to see something that promotes reading and writing in boys at such a young age.

Haven’t heard of this series, or read the first two books? Then catch up on my reviews of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Rodderick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
by Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books, 2009
ISBN 0810970687
216 pages


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