July 27, 2009

Dear Dumb Diary Book Review #8

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Dear Dumb Diary Book 8It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything by Jim Benton

Oh, WOW. I mean, I knew there was a series called Dear Dumb Diary. And I knew it was supposed to be funny. But I finally picked it up the other day and dove in, and was I unprepared for just how hilarious and engrossing and smart it actually was!

Ok, let me start at the beginning. In case you don’t know, Dear Dumb Diary is the hilarious journal of Jamie Kelly, a middle schooler who captures all her thoughts and observations in her diary, complete with drawings, which is helpful when she’s writing about things like giving Albert Einstein a makeover (he looks quite nice with styled hair) and hosting dog weddings.
With earlier titles like Can Adults Become Human? and The Problem With Here Is That It’s Where I’m From, I should have expected nothing less.

In Book #8, It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything, Jamie has to write a diary as part of her homework assignment. And since there’s no way she would ever, ever turn in her ACTUAL diary, she has to double-up on entries. So we readers get to read her real diary as well as the school diary, and it is LOL funny. (Literally, I laughed out loud. A lot!)

Jamie also begins to spend more time with blondwad, aka Angeline, because they are puppy parents-in-law. Which means Jamie’s real best friend, Isabella, starts to feel a little left out. And of course, there are appearances by 8th grade cutie Hudson and a whole crop of teachers who exist to torture Jamie. (Or so she would have you believe.)

My first foray into Dear Dumb Diary was a successful one, I must admit. If you like over-the-top, gives-you-side-stitches-from-laughing books, pick up It’s Not My Fault I Know Everything, and check out Dear Dumb Diary on STACKS!

— Morgan B., Scholastic staffer

  1. DEAR DUMB DIARY FAN!!!!

    i love these books they are amazing! i read 10 of them and trying too get 11 and 12 when it comes out hope he makes more of these books they are fun to READ!!!!!

  2. Sama Jama!!

    I absolutely love dear dumb diary! I just need to read #5 because the library no longer has it!

  3. cutie8393

    I just started reading dumb diary books they are very good but there is this new book dork diaries they are both realy awesome funny books but i like dumb diary better.

  4. hareta p

    u no dear dumb diary came out befor diary of a whipy kid
    but there both really good
    i love theses book there so good and funny

  5. Shelby

    seriously i agree with every one else whats with all the diary books BUT lets be for real the books diary of a wimpy kid and dear dumb diary are HILARIOUS i give some extra props for those authors how about a round of applause !!!!!!!!!!!!!~!!!!!!!!!! THE CROWD IS GOING WILD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. whitechicks

    I ALLREADY NEW ADOUT DEAR DUMD DIARY BUT I DIDM’T NOW THAT THERE WAS AN 8 IN THE SERISES

  7. L0CKEd.UPP.ThEY.W0NT.LET.MEE.0UT.

    Im sayin that book kinda
    sounds okay…
    But i wouldnt read them.

  8. rebeckah

    no styll dear dumb diary was the first diray books and then wimpy kid came
    and i like all two of them.
    i have all the dear dumb diarys but i only need the #8 books

  9. Summerbreeze

    I love dear dumb diary! the first time i read the first one i was sick but laughed my head off anyway love your books Jim benton!! keep it up!

  10. toylollipop

    for my b-day I got the first dear dumb diary book and the ‘our dumb diary’ one, even though i have read mostly all of them. But I’m going to read it all again, because it is HILARIOUS!!!

  11. linerider

    What’s up with all the “diary books”?? There’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid and now Dear Dumb Diary!

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