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Boys don’t keep diaries―or do they?

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.
 
F&P level:
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Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1:

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May 17, 2008

I got this book based on a quick skim in the store where I saw lots of funny line illustrations and large fonts that mimic handwriting. Although the tone was sarcastic, I thought that it would prove to be a good read-aloud for my 6 year old son, who still needs some enticement into stories. I pictured him, the boy who fancies himself an author and artist, just eating up this book. And actually, he would have--except after one night of reading this out loud I discovered that the content was I got this book based on a quick skim in the store where I saw lots of funny line illustrations and large fonts that mimic handwriting. Although the tone was sarcastic, I thought that it would prove to be a good read-aloud for my 6 year old son, who still needs some enticement into stories. I pictured him, the boy who fancies himself an author and artist, just eating up this book. And actually, he would have--except after one night of reading this out loud I discovered that the content was definitely not age appropriate (nor redeeming in any way, to my mind). I'm willing to cut an author some slack with characters that start out rough but learn valuable life lessons, but not with a character that embodies mediocrity, laziness, and is a smart aleck to boot...

To be fair, I didn't finish the book, and it may very well be a great book to give to a fifth or sixth grader who still struggles with recreational reading. But I did what I almost never have to do--I took the book back to store. I suppose one good thing came from it: Jacob came home from school the next day, sat down with a new notebook, and proceeded to design a cover and several entries for his new "diary" book.

**************** Update **************

Oddly enough, this book review seems to be engendering strong reactions in a number of readers. Thought I'd offer an update to be more specific and put to rest unfounded concerns...

This book is about a middle schooler. It is, despite the easy vocabulary and large font and illustrations and incessant marketing towards younger children, apparently intended for middle school ages and up.

Normally, in my hunt for challenging reading and listening material for my children, I pre-read books or read lots of reviews. My mistake here was in not doing so. However, I stand by my feelings about the main character, and when my children reach middle school, I will still encourage them towards books with redeeming characters. Until then, I guess we'll have to continue reading all the other books about older children that manage to both entertain AND provide a challenging reading/listening experience, develop vocabularies, broaden horizons, and remain, in some way, worthwhile.


**********Most recent update 10/2011 ***********

Funny, the way things we write in cyberspace stick around...or maybe not so funny. This review is continuing to get the occasional "like" or comment, so I guess people are still discovering it. Just thought I'd add a note, in the interest of honesty. My son, with whom I tried to read this book three-plus years ago and found inappropriate at the time, has since read all the books (much to my chagrin) and has pre-ordered the latest (are we up to #6?!) I've made him spend his own money or get them from the library, as my feelings about this series haven't changed that much that I'm willing to purchase them myself. However. I do not believe in censoring my readers, although I hope to guide them in their choices. He's read these. He's also read some other books that I feel are more exemplary. Frankly, my own literary choices include both the laudable and the merely fluffy. So there you have it. These books are in my house. I'm not an evil mom who refuses her child access to popular fun lit. But I still don't like them. :) ...more
2

Feb 06, 2011

Yes, I know kids love it. Duh. Kids are dumb. And so is this book. (Ok, that was mean. I apologize.)

One of my students gave me his copy of Wimpy Kid and then asked me every day for a month if I had read it yet. Not wanting to disappoint a student excited about a book, I finally sat down one afternoon and flew through it. Eh. The protagonist is a mean, unfunny little jerk. I freely admit that I probably "just don't' get it," and I'm okay with that.

I celebrate any book that makes kids want to Yes, I know kids love it. Duh. Kids are dumb. And so is this book. (Ok, that was mean. I apologize.)

One of my students gave me his copy of Wimpy Kid and then asked me every day for a month if I had read it yet. Not wanting to disappoint a student excited about a book, I finally sat down one afternoon and flew through it. Eh. The protagonist is a mean, unfunny little jerk. I freely admit that I probably "just don't' get it," and I'm okay with that.

I celebrate any book that makes kids want to read. I suffered through all four of the ridiculous Twilight books just so I could keep up with my obsessed students, and when asked my opinion I gave it freely - Bella is a fool. The result was one I couldn't have planned; my kids became more entrenched in their identities as readers. They loved Twilight with an unashamed passion.

I'm gentler with the Wimpy Kid fans. I lie. I say: "It was funny. I guess. He was kinda mean." And then I listen as they defend this mess of a book - asserting opinions and then backing them up by flipping through well-worn copies and citing passages. I watch in amazement as my students become not only readers, but scholars.

So maybe I should give this book more than two stars - for all it has done for kids - but I won't. And you can't make me.
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4

May 08, 2017

I never thought I'd be reading this book one day because, to be completely honest, I always thought it looked like a silly, childish series. Well, I was half right. It is silly. But so is everyone's middle grade years, no? We do such stupid things at that age. I wouldn't say it's childish, though, because the characters behave like real middle schoolers, so realistic would be a better word to describe it. I had fun with it, that's for sure. I don't have to question why it's so popular among I never thought I'd be reading this book one day because, to be completely honest, I always thought it looked like a silly, childish series. Well, I was half right. It is silly. But so is everyone's middle grade years, no? We do such stupid things at that age. I wouldn't say it's childish, though, because the characters behave like real middle schoolers, so realistic would be a better word to describe it. I had fun with it, that's for sure. I don't have to question why it's so popular among young readers; it's clear to me. The themes are universal and there's at least ten scenes where I was like, ''Oh, yeah, I get you, Greg, I get you.'' ...more
4

Oct 21, 2016

This was so cute and funny, i laughed out loud many times even the comedy books that i have read didn't make me laugh this hard!

“I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons."

“The best person I know is Myself.”

Ha, Me too!! XD

“And if you don't spend every second outdoors, people think there's someting wrong with you.”

i know, Right?









4

Oct 04, 2007

While attending open house this year at my 10 year old sons school, he found this book for sale at the book fair. We thumbed through it, and thought it looked cute, so we purchased it, and read it together.

Its narrated by this middle-school aged kid in the form of a diary, with sketches and doodles included on every page, and basically follows his days from the begining of the school year to the end. He is a bit of a loser, and trys to create a better image for himself through attempts at being While attending open house this year at my 10 year old sons school, he found this book for sale at the book fair. We thumbed through it, and thought it looked cute, so we purchased it, and read it together.

Its narrated by this middle-school aged kid in the form of a diary, with sketches and doodles included on every page, and basically follows his days from the begining of the school year to the end. He is a bit of a loser, and trys to create a better image for himself through attempts at being class treasurer, a cartoonist for the school paper, a saftey patrol member....

We were both cracking up most of the way through the book. But there were times we also both looked at each other and shook our heads.. as the wimpy kid in question did some very mean and backhanded things as well....

Very cute, very interesting, and well worth the read for any school age kid and his parents....

We are going to run out to buy the new sequel....

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4

Jun 25, 2008

I bought this book for my 9 year old son, who had begged me for it relentlessly for over a month. After i got it, i would hear him giggling and laughing in his room, and when i would peek in, he was always reading this book. So when he was done, i picked it up and started reading it myself.... and it really is funny! The voice of the main character is very authentic - a thing which is hard to find. I wish that people had been writing material like this when i was a preteen.
Edited to add:
I'm I bought this book for my 9 year old son, who had begged me for it relentlessly for over a month. After i got it, i would hear him giggling and laughing in his room, and when i would peek in, he was always reading this book. So when he was done, i picked it up and started reading it myself.... and it really is funny! The voice of the main character is very authentic - a thing which is hard to find. I wish that people had been writing material like this when i was a preteen.
Edited to add:
I'm reading a lot of reviews that downgrade the book for the fact that Greg doesn't learn any lessons or redeeming values... Seriously?!?! One thing that i remember HATING as a kid in school was when lit teachers used to make us analyze every thing a character did to see the symbolism the author was trying to portray. Now while i believe that a lot of books DO have symbolism, can't there be some books that are just entertaining and not anything more? Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, you know?

Middle school kids are often all the things in this book, shy, awkward, selfish, lazy, and ruthless. Its a tough time in their life, trying to fit in, adjusting to new rules and changes in themselves. Its refreshing to me that an author takes the stance of writing a character that represents these kids, warts and all. Nothing is more alienating than reading about a kid your age who always has the lesson learned and the happy ending. Some folks need to look at these not through the eyes of an adult reader, but of an awkward pre teen. ...more
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Nov 22, 2010

I find this whole series depressing. Sure, there are funny moments - I even laughed out loud once or twice, seriously - but the fact of the matter is, Greg is so completely devoid of any kind of human feeling or understanding of other people that I'm beginning to suspect he's some kind of clinical narcissist. He blames everyone else for his problems; he doesn't care about anyone. He doesn't grow, he doesn't learn, he doesn't change (does he even age? He's still in junior high after four books? I I find this whole series depressing. Sure, there are funny moments - I even laughed out loud once or twice, seriously - but the fact of the matter is, Greg is so completely devoid of any kind of human feeling or understanding of other people that I'm beginning to suspect he's some kind of clinical narcissist. He blames everyone else for his problems; he doesn't care about anyone. He doesn't grow, he doesn't learn, he doesn't change (does he even age? He's still in junior high after four books? I know one is set in summertime, but still). There is nothing there for me to LIKE, except Rowley.

At the end of the first book it seemed like maybe, just maybe he'd had some little epiphany about the nature of friendship, but no, next book he's back to the same ol' same ol' sociopathic crap. Very disappointing. ...more
5

Jul 03, 2008

it was an awsome and very funny book it got the laughes right out of me
5

Jun 27, 2016

My first Wimpy Kid and is surely not the last. Who knew this Wimpy Kid would be playing with my head for such a long time.

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Dec 27, 2010

When I told my friend I was reading 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid', she said only one thing "What are you... 12"? If enjoying reading this book makes me 12, so be it. I liked this book. Its funny, a very quick read, unique and very cute. Worth a read for anyone who has a child living inside them.
5

Nov 17, 2014

Haven't actually read this, am writing the review for my grandson. He'll be seven in a month.

He's not here, so I'm guessing five stars. It could be a four.

He's read this one and the next in the series. Liked them both.

As he was leaving this afternoon I showed him Asterix the Gaul, telling him it was sort of a comic book.

"Oh so that's what a comic book is!", he said.

I mentioned that there were some rather large words in it (just glancing) and that he might not be able to read it quite yet.

"I Haven't actually read this, am writing the review for my grandson. He'll be seven in a month.

He's not here, so I'm guessing five stars. It could be a four.

He's read this one and the next in the series. Liked them both.

As he was leaving this afternoon I showed him Asterix the Gaul, telling him it was sort of a comic book.

"Oh so that's what a comic book is!", he said.

I mentioned that there were some rather large words in it (just glancing) and that he might not be able to read it quite yet.

"I think if I can read two Wimpy Kid books I can probably read anything, Pop-Pop."

That's a positive outlook I guess.



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Jan 21, 2009

I seldom give five-star ratings, but I feel the need to balance some of the negative reviews. First of all, this book is intended for slightly older readers--say, 9 and up. Second, anyone looking for profound wisdom will be disappointed. It's just a funny book, a very funny book. I'm not sure I'd go as far as to call is a graphic novel, either. The doodly illustrations enhance the "story" (such as it is), but they don't tell it. Jeff Kinney is an obvious disciple of Matt Groening (not I seldom give five-star ratings, but I feel the need to balance some of the negative reviews. First of all, this book is intended for slightly older readers--say, 9 and up. Second, anyone looking for profound wisdom will be disappointed. It's just a funny book, a very funny book. I'm not sure I'd go as far as to call is a graphic novel, either. The doodly illustrations enhance the "story" (such as it is), but they don't tell it. Jeff Kinney is an obvious disciple of Matt Groening (not Simpsons-Groening, but rather Life-In-Hell-Groening). This book doesn't tackle any issues, nor does it try to make the reader a better person; it's just fun. ...more
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Nov 30, 2013

Due to a Jeff Kinney visit to my local book store, I read Diary of A Wimpy Kid Hard Luck--and found it delightful. When a respected children's librarian, however, reported her dislike of the series, I was puzzled. After reading this book, the first of the series, I understood.

Greg Heffley of Hard Luck says, on the first page, "I love my family..." he then goes on to befriend the nerdy Fregley and act as a wise, compassionate observer when describing his extnded family and their interactions.

Due to a Jeff Kinney visit to my local book store, I read Diary of A Wimpy Kid Hard Luck--and found it delightful. When a respected children's librarian, however, reported her dislike of the series, I was puzzled. After reading this book, the first of the series, I understood.

Greg Heffley of Hard Luck says, on the first page, "I love my family..." he then goes on to befriend the nerdy Fregley and act as a wise, compassionate observer when describing his extnded family and their interactions.

This first book of the series, in contrast, could be called Diary of a Sociopathic Kid. The Greg Heffley of this book exhibits, frequently, sociopathic or antisocial personality disorder, behavior.

According to the National Library of Medicine, Antisocial Personality Disorder "is a mental condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting or violating the rights of others." Other attributes of a sociopath include; an inability of feeling shame, guilt, remorse or empathy.

In the first Diary book:

1. Greg happily kicks his little brother's toys;
2. begins with attack ads against his opponent when running for treasurer;
3. advertises his "haunted mansion" for $.50 then charges $2 to the first kid to whom, after the child is callously terrified at the start (so that Rowley's dad stops the thing) he doesn't return the child's money;
4. when Rowley is punished for the Haunted House with a week without tv and no Greg over, Greg sees it as unfair that he, in effect, is being punished as well;
5. Does not see the callousness of giving Rowley a "play by play" of the tv shows that Rowley can't watch;
6. makes Rowley wait 45 minutes to take a potty break Halloween night;
7. his grandmother 's house is tp'd because he yelled at some teenagers and then took refuge there, but feels no compulsion to help clean it up;
8. designs a bench press for himself but, rather than use it, forces Rowley to use it, scares Rowley so that he drops the barbell and traps himself and Greg delays helping until Rowley is in serious distress;
9. feels a need to revenge himself on Patty because she screws up a plan he had to cheat;
10. Bops Patty with an Apple during the school play that starts an apple fight that shuts down the play;
11. calls a fellow tree Bubby so he is not associated with the nickname and his classmate is;
12. uses the gift Rowley gives him of a Big Wheel to have Rowley repeatedly ride down a street Greg is too scared to ride down so Greg can throw a football at Rowley to try and knock him off--until Rowley breaks his hand;
13. causes his little brother to swallow a small clump of thread which he says is a scary spider;
14. sees no problem in rolling up the turf with his giant snowball;
15. allows Rowley to take the punishment for Greg's terrorizing of the kindergarteners AND takes the ice cream date his mom gives him as a reward for "doing the right thing" ;
16. considers Rowley a "back stabber" after assuming Rowley was the anonymous tipper to report Greg was really the one terrorizing the kindergarteners;
17. when Rowley gives Greg a "cold shoulder, tries to get back with Rowley by throwing a snowball to Rowley's head;
18. excited about a substitute coming to class because "you can say just about anything you want" to them without getting into trouble; and, finally,
19. considers he did the greater sacrifice by saying he touched the cheese than actually eating the cheese--which Rowley had to do twice since Greg claimed to have a problem with dairy, when the mean teenagers Greg had angered on halloween night, return.

Of course life does get a few whacks in on Greg--e.g. he ends up being outed as the kindergarten terrorizer, Rowley gets all the girls to baby him when he has a broken hand and Rowley is elected class clown--but this doesn't change the heartlessness of the actions.

What is really disturbing is that this book--as a #1 New York Times best seller--clearly speaks to many kids; what does that say about our society? ...more
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Feb 15, 2010

There! I added it! Happy now, Nahuy Banana Girl DouDou? (stop changing your name! D:)

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I don't see why this book is so popular. I zoomed through it in less than an hour and thought it was boring and immature. It has a biased idea of middle school life and I didn't find it funny at all, which it was obviously trying to be. Oh, and sheer amount of clichés made me want to gag.
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Jun 26, 2013

I really kind of did not....Love this book its like about telling u about Greg's school. But the "cheese touch thing is a BIG part of the story you should really read that part.
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Oct 17, 2008

A web comic turned novel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid strikes the funny bone of kids everywhere.

This "novel in cartoons" is a hilarious addition to the tween fiction section. Presented as a 'journal,' because the word diary is much too girly, this story chronicles the misadventures of Greg Heffley, middle school student. This was a fast read that was hard to put down. Each page featured at least one, sometimes many, cartoon illustrations that added to the humor of the book. Kids of the targeted age A web comic turned novel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid strikes the funny bone of kids everywhere.

This "novel in cartoons" is a hilarious addition to the tween fiction section. Presented as a 'journal,' because the word diary is much too girly, this story chronicles the misadventures of Greg Heffley, middle school student. This was a fast read that was hard to put down. Each page featured at least one, sometimes many, cartoon illustrations that added to the humor of the book. Kids of the targeted age group will identify with Greg and all of the middle-school issues he has to deal with, like popularity, little siblings, PE and girls. Jeff Kinney deals with these issues with humor, insight and compassion.

This is a great book to get reluctant readers into reading in the novel format. Each page has large, easy to read text interspersed with cartoons, however the book is long enough to tell a fairly complex tale and has a complicated enough vocabulary to keep kids from feeling 'talked down to.' This is definitely a book that will be popular among the tween set.

Publishers Weekly

Kinney's popular Web comic, which began in 2004, makes its way to print as a laugh-out-loud "novel in cartoons," adapted from the series. Middle school student Greg Heffley takes readers through an academic year's worth of drama. Greg's mother forces him to keep 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"), and in it he loosely recounts each day's events, interspersed with his comic illustrations. Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration (e.g., "Don't expect me to be all 'Dear Diary' this and 'Dear Diary' that"), and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg's often deadpan voice. The hero's utter obliviousness to his friends and family becomes a running joke. For instance, on Halloween, Greg and his best friend, Rowley, take refuge from some high school boys at Greg's grandmother's house; they taunt the bullies, who then T.P. her house. Greg's journal entry reads, "I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Gramma is retired, so she probably didn't have anything planned for today anyway." Kinney ably skewers familiar aspects of junior high life, from dealing with the mysteries of what makes someone popular to the trauma of a "wrestling unit" in gym class. His print debut should keep readers in stitches, eagerly anticipating Greg's further adventures. Ages 8-13. (Apr.)
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I agree with the age range and synopsis. I don't think this review keys into exactly how funny this book is, as it had me and my kids rolling.

VOYA

Even though Greg Heffley would rather play video games with his friend Rowley than write in the journal that his mother gives him, he uses it to record, in pictures and in text, the harrowing and clever ways in which he navigates the middle school social scene. Undersized and skinny, Greg has adventures that center on how he manages to separate himself from the geeks and how he evades bigger bullies by employing quick wit and harebrained ideas. Unfortunately Greg's schemes usually backfire, providing readers with the opportunity to delight in his distress. Picked on by an older brother, embarrassed by his baby brother, and closely monitored by his clever parents, Greg reacts in typical middle school fashion, making him a character with which many readers will be able to identify. Kinney provides readers with a realistic view of middle school life as seen through the eyes of the entertaining but not very bright class clown. Readers can expect lots of middle school humor and exaggeration. Kinney manages to inject enough humor in the simple drawings to make them an integral element in the book. Because Kinney began his Wimpy Kid adventures on a Web site, many middle schoolers already familiar with the character will ensure a ready audience for this print version.

I liked this review better as it showed insight into Greg's character and makes the reader really want to read the book. A good description and evaluation in this review. ...more
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May 04, 2008

Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

If you work with middle grade kids, be sure to check out DIARY OF A WIMPY KID.

Greg Heffley is a 6th-grade weakling trying to make his mark in the middle school world. His family includes a mom, a dad, a heavy metal big brother, and a whiny, tattling little brother. His best friend is Rowley, another odd 6th-grader with overprotective parents and the world-class ability to annoy.

Greg is always a victim of the big, mean bullies in Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

If you work with middle grade kids, be sure to check out DIARY OF A WIMPY KID.

Greg Heffley is a 6th-grade weakling trying to make his mark in the middle school world. His family includes a mom, a dad, a heavy metal big brother, and a whiny, tattling little brother. His best friend is Rowley, another odd 6th-grader with overprotective parents and the world-class ability to annoy.

Greg is always a victim of the big, mean bullies in the school. He constantly seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In an attempt to be "cool" he experiments with the idea of weightlifting, creating his own haunted house, running for class treasurer, and building a snowman big enough to be considered for the Guiness Book of World Records. However, the only mild success he accomplishes is as a safety guard whose job is to walk the kindergarten kids home at lunchtime.

At least with that job he gets free hot chocolate and misses twenty minutes of math class.

Readers will be able to relate to Greg's typical teenage problems. His parents ground him from his video games, his older brother picks on him, his little brother gets him in trouble, and the girls in his school think he is a waste of their time. He'd like to pretend he's just a mediocre student when he is really one of the "uncool" gifted kids. The odds are just stacked against him.

Kinney bills his books as "a novel in cartoons," which is sure to be a popular feature with middle grade readers, especially those of the reluctant variety. The clever illustrations were a fantastic way to play up the already great humor in the book.

Once again, if you have anything at all to do with middle graders, get this book in their hands ASAP. ...more
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Nov 08, 2014

A funny, interesting and highly entertaining book. I read it after my nine year old brother did -by the way, he loved it- and i had an amazing time.


The cartoon style of this novel, is amusing and an element that makes quite an impression.


To be honest though i have to point out that some of the situations make the reader believe the hero is of younger age. But beside that i think it's a fine choise for any boy to read.


All in all, it's enjoyable, with a quick tempo and the author doesn't drag the A funny, interesting and highly entertaining book. I read it after my nine year old brother did -by the way, he loved it- and i had an amazing time.


The cartoon style of this novel, is amusing and an element that makes quite an impression.


To be honest though i have to point out that some of the situations make the reader believe the hero is of younger age. But beside that i think it's a fine choise for any boy to read.


All in all, it's enjoyable, with a quick tempo and the author doesn't drag the stories for long. The characters also are many and vary. I will definitely read the next one.

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Jan 28, 2008

I know everyone seems to love this book, but it left me with a resounding "meh." Maybe it's because my own middle school experiences were so unpleasant that I have no desire to revisit them, even vicariously, but I think it's mostly because I didn't find the main character to be particularly interesting, or even worth my time. The kid's a little turd who sails through life learning nothing. Protagonists aren't required to be likable, but they should have some noticeable character arc, and this I know everyone seems to love this book, but it left me with a resounding "meh." Maybe it's because my own middle school experiences were so unpleasant that I have no desire to revisit them, even vicariously, but I think it's mostly because I didn't find the main character to be particularly interesting, or even worth my time. The kid's a little turd who sails through life learning nothing. Protagonists aren't required to be likable, but they should have some noticeable character arc, and this kid just doesn't... he's the same waste of space at the end that he was at the beginning. So if he's no different at the end, why did I just spend a few hundred pages reading about him?

There are a few funny bits here and there, mostly involving either the kid's best friend or the "cheese touch," and I did laugh at those, and that saves this from coming in at one star, which is probably what it deserves. But what the hell, I'll be generous. ...more
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Jun 02, 2009

My two oldest sons are night/day different about reading, at least for now. Both read above their grade levels, but one is besotted with books while the other merely reads them sometimes when the urge to sit and be still suddenly hits him. As you might imagine, this urge doesn't come too very often. So, when my mother asked what my more reluctant reader would like for his birthday I told her about this book, the wimpy kid diary, the book that keeps the ditch digger, bee buzzing, Tarzan yelling My two oldest sons are night/day different about reading, at least for now. Both read above their grade levels, but one is besotted with books while the other merely reads them sometimes when the urge to sit and be still suddenly hits him. As you might imagine, this urge doesn't come too very often. So, when my mother asked what my more reluctant reader would like for his birthday I told her about this book, the wimpy kid diary, the book that keeps the ditch digger, bee buzzing, Tarzan yelling freckledy faced creature eerily quiet. But alas! My mother wouldn't buy the second book in this series for my son's birthday even though he loved this first one and read for an hour at a time without prompting or realizing that those urges to sit still were increasing at an alarming rate. Because this book is not good. Not as bad as the devil Harry Potter, but still unclean. There are words like moron and a character named Stew Pid in it. And bullying. And a stinky cheese. And, well, isn't that enough?! No? Well, okay. Sometimes (this is a secret) the parents are clueless. Sometimes (hush it now) the kids are sarcastic! Borderline disrespectful! And the diary of a middle school wimp should be nicer, really, more polite and Beaver and Wally like....

The Yuletide mother-daughter discussion is like fruitcake- its arrival is certain and unfortunate. But, unlike fruitcake, the discussion must be finished and can not be passed out to the trash bag with a chuckle and a sigh. No. Claws must be sharp and ready. I think last year it focused on evolution and ended with a rematch scheduled. So, this is me, reading for the rematch, relieved that I loved it as much as my son did, and readying my defense. If you are hearing something right now it is the scritch scratching sound of my claws on the sharpening blade. Merry Christmas. Even so come Lord Jesus. ...more
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Nov 20, 2017

I have been hearing so much about these books. I saw the first movie and it was very funny and smart. I even saw the float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and I decided, ok, I need to read this. I picked it up.

This is smartly told with some honesty. There are several times it is honest enough I don't really like Greg. He is telling it like it is. We want to be liked. This is about middle school, humanity in the raw. These years are ripe for humorous riffing.

I believe my favorite scene is I have been hearing so much about these books. I saw the first movie and it was very funny and smart. I even saw the float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and I decided, ok, I need to read this. I picked it up.

This is smartly told with some honesty. There are several times it is honest enough I don't really like Greg. He is telling it like it is. We want to be liked. This is about middle school, humanity in the raw. These years are ripe for humorous riffing.

I believe my favorite scene is the play of the Wizard of Oz. That was so funny. I'm glad I gave this beloved novel a read. It was worth it. ...more
5

Mar 20, 2010

I am in grade 10 and I abslotely LOVED this book! And the 2nd 3rd and 4th as well. There are all very funny and if you liked this book, you have to go seethe movie, it was hilarious and is now my favorite movie :P
5

Oct 12, 2015

I really shouldn't be reading this at my age say some, but I can't help but enjoy younger novels from time to time. It's fun to just sit back and read something you don't have to think about, but still be able to enjoy.

Thanks author. Appreciate that.
3

Jun 15, 2017

If I wanna say sth about this I will say this is so funny and written in a gentle way.
I recommend this book to those who are getting to learn English well.
2

May 22, 2008

Okay, so it's funny and offers some insight into the preteen boy psyche. A ton of boys in my 5th grade class are reading it. Graham read it, then Todd did. Todd laughed out loud frequently, and then went back and asked Graham if he thought it was funny, too. Graham responded "yeah", but not with as much enthusiasm as I thought he would. I guess, for Graham, it's just a bit too close to reality to be SO funny. Todd, however, can look back on middle school with some perspective and laugh more!

The Okay, so it's funny and offers some insight into the preteen boy psyche. A ton of boys in my 5th grade class are reading it. Graham read it, then Todd did. Todd laughed out loud frequently, and then went back and asked Graham if he thought it was funny, too. Graham responded "yeah", but not with as much enthusiasm as I thought he would. I guess, for Graham, it's just a bit too close to reality to be SO funny. Todd, however, can look back on middle school with some perspective and laugh more!

The thing that made me only give it only 2 stars was that, for the audience it is targeting, it is just WAY too simplistic. Yes, a middle school boy would probably write like that in a diary, so kudos to the author for getting the "voice" right. However, after seeing Dad and Graham get a kick out of this book, Garron (my FIRST grader!) picked it up and shot through it in a couple of days. If a first grader can easily read it, then NO WAY is it an appropriate reading level for its intended audience.

Maybe I'm a children's lit. snob, but I think it is possible to write engaging books for the preeteen audience at a level that will require higher than a first grade reading skills. ...more

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