Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
By Gail Pruszkowski
When my eight year old granddaughter told me there was a book she wanted and they sold it at Barnes and Noble I didn't waste any time. I knew nothing about the book but in my opinion any book that gets a kid that excited and asking for a trip to the book store is a good thing. An hour later we were browsing the book shelves and looking for "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney. There were four different volumes on display and she couldn't make up her mind. After glancing through them I bought all four.
Greg Heffley's mother makes him keep a diary and he takes readers through a year of middle child and middle school drama. Greg writes about how his parents embarrass him and his older brother plays tricks on him. He's the typically awkward boy trying to get through the mishaps and bullying in school. His best friend, Rowley, starts to become more popular and Greg tries to ride his coattails but ends up testing their friendship.
This book may be written in a boy's voice but my granddaughter loved it. No sooner did we get home than she was settled in a comfortable chair with volume one. She read 138 pages, only stopping when her mother came to pick her up. Her review - it's funny! Obviously Kinney knows how to relate to kids.
Sometimes he pushes the envelope of good manners and language but my granddaughter was able to laugh at the antics while knowing it's wrong to call other kids "morons," and it opened up a discussion, a good aspect of any reading experience.
The books were adapted from the online series which started in 2004. They're graphic novels written in the style of a journal and interspersed with hilarious hand drawn pictures.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" appears on FunBrain.com, an educational site for teachers and kids. It provides educational games and resources.
Reading Level: Ages 8-13
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (April 1, 2007)
Gail Pruszkowski reviews for "Romantic Times BOOKreviews" magazine and her work has been published in the "Cup of Comfort" Anthologies.