Monday, January 12, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

"First of all, let me get something straight: This is a JOURNAL, not a diary. I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I SPECIFICALLY told her to get one that didn't say "diary" on it.... So just don't expect me to be all "Dear Diary" this and "Dear Diary" that." (1)

This is how Jeff Kinney in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal introduces Greg Heffley, a middle schooler who is just trying to figure out a way to get through school. In a way, Greg knows the rules, like the fastest runner is no longer the most popular kid like he was in fifth grade. On the other hand, he can't figure out why his friend Rowly Jefferson is mad at him after Rowly got in trouble for something Greg did. Whether it's an unsuccessful haunted house, or trying to get out of being a tree in the school play, readers witness the hillarious everyday ups and downs of middle school. Illustrated throughout with drawings that are little more than stick figures just add to the appearance of an actual journal. His alternating confusion and comprehension and his wry humor is a perfect combination for any reader. A must read!

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