July 7, 2009

Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Posted by at 9:41 am in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Reads | Permalink

Diaryofawimpykid_130It says it right there on the front: BAM! “The #1 New York Times Bestseller.” Well! That’s quite the endorsement. I’m like a lemming when it comes to following the purchasing habits of the masses, so I was literally unable to resist buying Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is impressive right off the bat. I really like the concept: a journal in both words and cartoons, kept by 7th-grader Greg Heffley. It covers a full school year, hitting a bunch of mini-stories along the way: Halloween, the school play, Christmas, a wrestling unit in P.E., writing the comic for the school newspaper, etc. There isn’t too much of a plot, but it doesn’t really matter because the writing and pictures are HILARIOUS.

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I don’t know where to start; Fregley’s face, which cracks me up literally every time I see it, or the form letter Greg made for his Christmas cards (“I love the way the     PANTS    looks on my   LEGS    ! All my friends will be so jealous that I have my very own     PANTS       .”), or the song in the school play where Greg just stops singing and everyone else does too . . .

If you need more encouragement, here’s a cool video of actress Sammi Hanratty talking about the book. See how much she likes it? That could be you!

I was really pleased to hear that a movie is being made, and that Jeff Kinney’s appearance at the NY Comic Con drew a huge crowd — this series deserves a lot of recognition, and I definitely plan to pick up the next two books in the series, Rodrick Rules and The Last Straw.

P.S. If you like this series, you’ll love the classic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Bug your parents until they buy a C&H book for you.

— Jack, STACKS Staffer

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  1. Isaac

    I’ve read all the books so far and I think every one of them are funny.I laughed so hard over the first one I cried!

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  2. Jimmy

    I read the first one and it was funny but I didn’t read the second and third. I have the Do it yourself book and I put alot of funny stuff in it too.

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  3. PRETTY ZARI

    I THINK THE AUTHOR DID A EXELLENT JOB I EVEN MADE A FAN CLUB FOR IT ON THIS ONLINE CHAT THING I LUV DIARY OF A WIMPY KID I MEEN LUV IT!!!!!!!!!! EVERY BODY IN MY FIFTH GRADE CLASS LOVES THE BOOK TO ITZ MOST POPULAR !!! FROM ..YA GURL PRETTY ZARI

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  4. cutie8393

    I havent read the book yet but everyone sas it’s awesome so i’m getting the book next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. WallieB

    I think that Diary of a Wimpy kid is a great book. All of these reviews depend on what the writer is like. Clearly some people don’t have a sense of humor…

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  6. bigfoot10

    i have read every single book in the series and i am also pleased to hear that a movie is coming out.

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  7. CHRIS1245

    I like the 1st and 3rd book of diary of a wimpy kid because it is funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  8. juliakicks

    i personally think that this book was immature and pretty much horrible but im known to have a separate opinion.

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  9. JB1997

    I think it was a very funny book, actually the whole series was funny! But I don’t think it would be a very good book to do a book project on. Well, it depends.

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  10. 25cmd

    Dairy of a wimpy kid com on oh please give me a breake. I think that book is sooo overrated. You see my brother read those books; I read the first 2 minutes of it and almost threw it in the trash. I really think those books are stupid and I could be a very good critic one day

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