Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney


Believe the hype, jump on the band wagon, join the fan club, Diary of a Wimpy Kid taps into the hearts, minds, and funny bones of kids of all ages!

My son first read this book when he was six years old.  I admit, much of it had to have been over his head - I sure don't think that he's worried about popularity in the 1st grade.   It didn't matter...the book is genius!

If you don't know anything about the book, it's a Diary, oh, ahem, excuse me, JOURNAL, written by Greg Heffley, who uses the pages to write and draw his experiences of his first year of junior high.  

My son wanted me to take him to the movie, but he reminded me that I first had to follow my own rule - you must read the book before you see the movie!  So, I read the book, and loved every minute of it.  Yes, parts of it made me go, "Ewwww!" out loud, but as all boys know, things that gross Mom out - like boogers, and stinky cheese - are the funniest things ever! 

I think the best review of this book comes from my son.  He is 7 years old and an avid reader, but these books are different.  He waits anxiously for each book to come out, and begs me to take him to the store to pick it up.  Once he gets one of these books in his hands, the rest of the world ceases to exist.  No Legos, no Sponge Bob, not even dinner will distract him from reading the book.  He would take it in the shower with him if I let him!   My son has read the Wimpy Kid books over and over again .  The bindings are broken, the covers are peeling and the pages are dog-eared.  In an adult book, this kind of treatment of a book is wrong, but for a child's book, it means the book is well-loved.  There is nothing in the world better than that!

Books a 7 year old will love?  Bring it on! 

Book Extras:
Click here: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 - Pre-Order Now
Visit the Diary of a Wimpy Kid website.
About the Book:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books; Third Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810993139
ISBN-13: 978-0810993136

About the Author:
Jeff Kinney is an author of children's books including Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. Jeff was born in College Park, Maryland, in 1971 where he created a comic strip called "Igdoof."


MarceJ said...

I have an award for you

Mama Bookworm said...

Your son sounds like mine. My son is almost 10 and loves this series. He has read them over and over. When Dog Days came out he begged to check the mail multiple times a day to see if it had arrived. I wish I could find another series that he loves as much as this one.

Alison said...

Thank you, Marce, I'll be by to pick it up!

Mama Bookworm: If you find a series your son loves as much as Wimpy Kid, PLEASE let me know! My son is a tough age - not quite old enough for Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. At least I don't think so...

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Blythe said...

Absolutely. I won't even pretend I don't enjoy the boogers. My son is eight and he loves these books. I love them too, because they make him laugh out loud when he is reading "silently" before bed.

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