The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to
It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.
Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all `Dear Diary’ this and `Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.
Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.
What can I say about this book, that has not already been said? It is a total-laugh-riot. OMG! There is no way, you won’t laugh, while read this “Journal” (as Diary is a very Girly name) and it is not Greg Heffley’s idea either, it is his mom’s.
Greg Heffley is a 6th grader, who is small for his age. He has a elder brother Roderick, who he thinks is bent upon humiliating him; a younger one Manny, who he hates because his parents love him the most and best friend Rowley, who is just plain below his standards. This book chronicle one school year, and has pretty cute illustrations on every page. Jeff tries to become popular among girls, stands for election, tried to become a star with his comic strips and volunteers for being the safety girl for the kindergarten kids because of the free hot chocolate they got for doing it. Each and everything he tries, turns out to be a failure.
There is lot of sarcasm, humor and laugh-out-loud commentary. I am not sure if I would want to read it to my 6th Grader but I do think the humor will be well appreciated and enjoyed by older kids, say 9 and above. But I think parents would have to make the call, really because this doesn’t really give you any moral messages and Jeff comes out to be not the kind of kid you would want, but there is lot of self-deprecating humor and lot of talk about how middle school is. It is enjoyable and I immensely enjoyed it too.
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