Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author:Jeff Kinney 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... more ». 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.« less
I am a 10 year old and thought this book was a 5 star book. It is a very humorous read. I would say it is an ultimate favorite for all readers. And me , myself read a lot of books and this is in my top 10 list of favorites.
My son read this book in two days. For a reluctant reader such as himself, this was quite an accomplishment! The book is hilariously funny, and with the combination of writing and cartoons it's sure to be a hit -- especially with boys.
Okay, for starters, this book is funny and a very amusing read. But that didn't keep me from throwing it in the trash. I ordered this book for my second grader, but once she alerted me of its less-than-honorable language and conduct, I read it myself. I assumed (whoops) that since all the little kids were reading it, it'd be harmless. And to some, or many, it is. But I'm working my tail off to raise pure, honorable, sincere, honest kids, and this book would certainly undermine that! The hero of our tale lies regularly and looks to deceive grownups and parents as a matter of habit with no twinge of conscience. Name-calling and judging of other kids happen continually. Sneaky disobedience and manipulative apologies abound. Maybe to many in our culture, that is adorable. To me, it lowers the bar and normalizes base, vile, and worthless behavior. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We will aim high, and we will try to order our conduct with honesty, integrity, and respect for all people. I'm such a prude! Too bad this talented author wastes his very witty writing in a book that gives the young reader nothing to aspire to. Oh well.
This book was hilarious and only took me a few hours to read. Written in diary format, lined pages, lots of hilarious doodles to illustrate the hilarious thoughts of poor wimpy Greg, it kept me laughing. Greg may be wimpy, but the funny thoughts & situations he describes will resonate with everyone.
I've given it to my 8th grader and my 4th grader to read next. I hope they get as many laughs as I did.
My 10 year old niece handed me this book and told me that I had to read it because it was so funny. I really didn't expect too much, but I have to say I laughed out loud. It's definitely for kids, but it's a quick read for adults and has a few really funny moments. I had heard that this was a popular book for boys, but I can't imagine any 9-12 year old not getting a kick out of it.
This isn't a bad series, but I suggest reading the online version that it is based on. The online version is less censored, has more interesting and funnier plotlines, and is generally better. Go to http://www.funbrain.com/journal/Journal.html?ThisJournalDay=1&ThisPage=1 for it.