Saturday, March 21, 2009

Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is one of my son's favorite book series. This is the first in the series of 3 so far, and the author is to be writing at least 2 more in this series. How could I say no to reading this book when my 10 year old son AJ, put this book on my nightstand and asked me to read it. He told me, "Mom, you can even write a review on your blog and you're gonna' love it!". I have to say that I really did enjoy this funny book about a boy named Gregory in middle school (the 6th grade). Gregory's mother bought him a diary over the summer and he actually wanted a journal as he didn't like the idea of a diary as he thought that was for girls. The book is about his daily entries in the diary along with comics that complement the tales he writes about.


Gregory has a regular family, mom and dad an older brother Rodrick who is in high school and a younger brother Manny who is in preschool. Rodrick has a band and for the most part they get along with a few typical brotherly tricks up their sleeves. Gregory seems to be a bit jealous of Manny as he seems to get away with almost everything and gets most everything he wants. Gregory also writes about experiences with his best friend Rowley. Gregory has some interesting insights and thoughts on his life experiences, some good and some bad. He learns along the way about friends, bullies, being popular and what happens when you're not always honest and that it usually catches up with you.


This book was laugh out loud funny in many parts and the comics that supplement each entry are perfect. The reading level for these books are ages 9-12 but they are fun for adults to read as well. This is a great book for boys and girls, well read and reluctant readers as it will draw them in through humor and the comics. According to the author, Jeff Kinney's website, the series started off as a web comic online at Funbrain.com . There is a 2nd book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do- it-yourself Book(an interactive journal)and a third book that was just released in January of 2009 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. They are enjoyable and funny books and I like being able to read a book that my son likes. He had fun talking to me about the book asking me questions about what parts I had read and it was a nice dialogue and way to connect with him. He has the next book lined up for me on my nightstand so I will be starting that soon.


5 comments:

  1. Hi, Bonnie! My son loves this series, too . . .

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  2. How can I be a middle school library lady and not have read these yet? The answer: they're never on my shelves long enough to read one!! This series is red-hot and the kids just eat them up! I just had a Scholastic Book Fair and this was the number 1 seller!! Yes, I will be reading them soon. Loved your review!!!

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  3. My son hasn't read these yet, but I've wondered if the content would be ok for a seven year old. His reading level is a couple years ahead of his age, so it's hard to find books at his reading level that are appropriate to his age.

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  4. My daughter loves these books. These are the first books she was so attached to that she tried to sneak them long after she was supposed to be sleeping. LOL It reminded me of myself at that age.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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