Dairy of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (ages 9 -12) is one of those books that even kids who don’t like to read seem to like this book. Written like a diary, complete with hilarious doodles, it’s a fast-paced read that rings true with anyone who’s ever felt a little wimpy. And, let’s be honest, isn’t that really all of us?
This series may unofficially be classified as “for boys only,” I happen to know a third grade girl who read the first one, then systematically plowed her way through the other three, and currently has her name on the Amazon pre-order list for “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth” which will be released this fall.
According to the School Library Journal, “Kinney does a masterful job of making the mundane life of boys on the brink of adolescence hilarious. Greg is a conflicted soul: he wants to do the right thing, but the constant quest for status and girls seems to undermine his every effort.” We all love an underdog, and that’s exactly what Greg is.
The DVD was released yesterday, so if you’re thinking about buying it for your kids, then think about getting the book too. Who knows, if they like the first book, perhaps you can persuade them to read the rest!