Monday, April 15, 2013

Diary of A Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney {Literary Delights}

School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #76

Genre: Realistic Children's Fiction (Ages 10 and Up-despite the illustrations and easy reading, I would not recommend this for readers younger than 8 or 9 due to content)

The Recipe: (From Goodreads) 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.

The Frosting and Sprinkles: Diary of a Wimpy Kid IS humorous, so I can see why it is so popular amongst kids. Greg recounts his perils through witty, sarcastic notes and pictures. He is the epitome of a sarcastic, 12 year old boy who is trying to survive Middle School.

It's a very easy read-I finished it in an hour.

The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: While Diary of a Wimpy Kid is entertaining and mostly harmless, I did not find it to be the best reading option for Middle Schoolers. The biggest problem I had with the novel is that there is no character development of a barely likeable character. Greg IS funny, but he's also lazy, incredibly selfish, and has no regard for others. Many people would say that is the typical Middle Schooler, but I completely disagree. Middle School is all about growing up and learning about yourself and Greg fails to do this. The series is pretty long, so it possibly happens later, but no character development in the first book makes for a not well-though out series.

My Rating:


2 Out of 5 Cupcakes!
(It was OK)

 

2 comments:

  1. You are a better person than I. I am not able to bring myself to even read this one.

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  2. Welcome to the pack! Hope you'll read all the books in the series, since there are already seven books out and an eighth book is coming!

    This easy-to-read book is definitely a must read and is the best way to attract youngsters to start the hobby of reading.

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