Monday, February 15, 2010

Review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney

Reviewed by Donna McDine

There is no wonder "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," has been nominated for a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Book. Author, Jeff Kinney immediately immerses you into the thoughts and actions of sixth grader, Greg Heffley. Greg's antics wouldn't be complete without his best friend, Rowley, who at times, Greg can't stand.

Greg finds himself in the sea of middle grade students ranging from the small and ordinary to the ones that have muscles and are growing facial hair. Where is one to fit in?

"If it was up to me, grade levels would be based on height, not age. But then gain, I guess that would mean kids like Chirag Gupta would still be in the first grade."

Greg finds himself writing in his journal about his life as a sixth grader and how to fit in. "Just don't expect me to be all "Dear Diary" this and "Dear Diary" that. That's for girls.

Rowley begins to make strides in popularity and Greg latches on to bring himself popularity, which kicks off a domino affect that tests their friendship in hilarious fashion.

This laugh out loud book is a must read not only for boys but for anyone that has gone through the tribulations of middle school. Jeff Kinney has done a wonderful job in bringing the middle school world to life with true meaning with hilarious results. Don't miss this fantastic book!

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Written & Illustrated by: Jeff Kinney

Ages: 10-up

Publisher: Amulet Books

ISBN-13: 978-0-8109-9313-6

Publication: April 2007

Donna's publishing credits include Stories for Children Magazine, Stories for Children Newsletter, Kid Magazine Writers, Long Story Short, Institute of Children's Literature Rx for Writers, SCBWI Metro NY Newsletter, and Once Upon A Time. With an acceptance from Boys' Quest magazine to publish her non-fiction children's article entitled, "Fishing Through a Frozen Lake," to be published December 2012. She is also a children's book reviewer for Musing Our Children Group, The National Writing for Children Center, and the Stories for Children Newsletter.

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Suzanne Lieurance said...

Hey, Mayra,

Well written reviews are almost as much fun to read as the books that are being reviewed.

Great review, Mayra!

The Old Silly said...

What an entertaining and informative review of what sounds like a marvelous book! Gosh I just LOVE that title and book cover too, lol.

Marvin D Wilson