Saturday, October 31, 2009

Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney is the 4th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series that is very popular with elementary aged kids. That includes my son Andrew who is about to turn 11. He has read the whole series twice and this is definitely one of his favorite series. I've shared here before when I read and reviewed the other 3 books in the series that my son begged me to read the books and lined them up on my nightstand. How could a mom say no?! Well, I have to say that I understand why kids like the humor in these books but as an adult I can honestly say that I am tiring of them. It could be that Greg who is in middle school continues to experience the same lessons in different ways but doesn't seem to learn much about the lessons of life.

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Greg is on summer vacation and is writing his experiences down in another diary but this summer, he prefers to stay indoors playing video games. His mother tries to find ways to coax him outside to the pool which he hates or on various family and outdoor adventures. There is usually a problem along the way and Greg gets into trouble. Greg often includes his friend Rowley in his antics and doesn't always treat him with the most respect and Rowleys parents don't like that. The comics accompany each story add a nice touch and are the highlight of the series for most kids. I did enjoy Greg's excursion to the beauty salon where his mother drops him off for a haircut and he gets involved in the ladies gossip, gets to read gossip magazines and wants to go back again.

As a parent, I would like to see Greg learn more from his actions and show more maturity and emotional growth as he gets older. As a kid, they love that he gets away with things and gets himself into hysterically funny situations that he can't get himself out of.

My son Andrew's thoughts: "I like that these books are funny and Greg has a good personality....he is kind of cool because he does funny stuff. I can't wait until the next book comes out!"

  • The first book in the series is: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you can read my review here.
  • The second book is: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick rules, you can read my review here.
  • Another book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do- it-yourself Book(an interactive journal).
  • The third book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, you can read my review here.

*Thanks to Abrams Books for providing me with a copy of the book for review. I am an Amazon Associate.


  1. These books seem to be very popular! I think my son would have enjoyed them when he was young.

  2. my son who is 9, loves this book..hoping for more to come..

  3. My daughter loved this book, too. We actually read it together, and it was the first time I'd read any of the books in the series. I thought it was pretty funny.

    Diary of an Eccentric


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