Monday, March 8, 2010

Book Review - Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Published by Amulet Books
Publishing Date-April 2007
Ages 9-12
224 pages

Synopsis: (from Amulet's site)

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.

I have to admit to making a face when my Fifth Grade son handed me this book. I was put off by the word "wimpy" in the title. But as if to remind me not to judge a book by its cover or title, the story inside turned out to be so very relevant for most middle grade readers.

First, the layout and easy to follow cartoon style format is wonderful for reluctant readers. Secondly, the story oh, the story. Kinney introduces a wonderful protagonist in Greg. He is the kid that most of us were in Middle School -- unsure, funny and surrounded by a cast of relatable characters.

I am glad my son thrust this book into my hands. We both finished the series and are eagerly awaiting the release of the movie. So to the parents out there, pick up these books with your kids and you will immediately remember all those growing pains which seem to occur, somehow all at once, in that awkward setting of middle school.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~