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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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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules – Review

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.

Review:

Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) 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 Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)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: A

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books, 2008
ISBN 0810994737
217 pages.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Review

Next to the Twilight series, The Diary of a Wimpy kid books are the next most popular reads at my library. That being the case, I decided to read the two books and find out what the big deal is.

First Line:

First of all, let me get something straight: This is a JOURNAL, not a diary.

Review:

Diary of a Wimpy KidIn the first book of a series, Jeff Kinney introduces us to Greg Heffley, oblivious middle school student. Diary of a Wimpy Kid takes us through an entire year’s worth of middle school drama, all chronicled in the journal that is a mix of text and a mix of cartoons. Kinney is a natural with preteen dialogue. “The other thing I want to clear up right away is that this was MOM’s idea, not mine.” From Fall to Summer, we follow Greg and his best friend Rowley through Kinney’s very sarcastic and deadpan voice. We see Greg attempt weight training, run for class clown, create a comic series with Rowley, taunt bullies and pick on other kids. The illustrations are hilarious supplements to the written comedy. Heffley is pretty oblivious to his friends and family. One prime example is when Greg and Rowley go out for Halloween, are chased around by some bullies and end up hiding out at Greg’s grandmother’s house. After a night of taunting the bullies from inside the house, Greg finds out that the next day they came back and TP’d his grandmother’s house. Greg’s reaction? “I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Grandma is retired, so she probably didn’t have anything planned for today anyway.”

This is a great read for kids and adults. Its goes through all the same type of emotions and observations kids make, but with comedic flair.

FINAL GRADE: A

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
Amulet Books, 2007
ISBN 0810993136
217 pages

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