Do you need to laugh out loud? Then it’s time to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: a Novel in Cartoons by Jeff Kinney. Greg Heffley just started middle school and records his daily life in his journal (he says it’s NOT a diary). He’s a goofy boy who doesn’t really have a clue about much! He’s reveals the details of his day in a notebook and in cartoon stick people drawings. The journal records his school year.
It is 6th grade humor at its best! The book reads smoothly from one hilarious story to another. Greg is a wimpy kid, but tries his best to make it in middle school. He wants to be cool and tough, but he definitely a boy who is about to become a teenager. Greg is willing to try new things and comes up crazy ideas with his best friend Rowley.
Throughout the book, you start to realize how oblivious Greg is. In one case his grandmother’s house gets rolled with toilet paper because of his shenanigans. Greg feels badly, but figures she will have time to clean it up because she’s retired. His crazy way of thinking just makes you just laugh out loud!
I really enjoyed Kinney’s style of writing in its simplicity and wit. The book grew out of his web cartoon that began in 2004. For more in the series, try Kinney’s second book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and await the publication of the third, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Last Straw.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.
Review by Andrea Purdy from East Regional Library.