December 16, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4: Dog Days

Diaryofawimpykid_4_130 Hey, Splotters! Been a while since my last post. . . didja miss me?

If any of you read my review of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you know I loved it. I thought it was hilarious. I’ve been keeping up with the series since then, and it hasn’t missed a beat so far. When my copy of #4 in the series – Dog Days - arrived in the mail, I was excited (and a little nervous) wondering how long can Mr. Kinney keep his hot streak going?

Here’s how I test how funny a book is: I take it onto the subway (or any public place where it would be weird to start laughing by yourself – people give you the evil eye like you wouldn’t believe). If I’m reading a book, and it can make me laugh despite knowing that everyone in the subway car is going to think I’m weird, then I know it’s funny. Dog Days passed that test about 30 seconds after I sat down. (I then had to endure 30 minutes of glares. Oh well.) It follows the same format as before: Greg Heffley, a ridiculously un-self-aware 8th-grader, narrates his life through a series of written and illustrated journal entries. This time, he covers his summer vacation, which he calls a “three-month guilt trip” because he likes to stay inside all day and play video games while everyone else is running around outside. (Hey, sounds like a perfectly good summer to me. . .) His parents aren’t huge fans of the idea, to no one’s surprise, and shenanigans ensue as Greg blunders and cringes through three months of enforced fun. It starts with Greg and his buddy Rowley running up a huge tab at the country club and gets better from there.

I’m going to follow my policy of not ruining any of the jokes for you, but some of the highlights include: Fregley; Li’l Cutie; “Hello, You’re Dead;” Champions Swim Meet; “Get a load a this!” Dog Days has my wholehearted recommendation. If you liked any of the previous entries in the series, you’ll love it. If you’ve never read any of those entries, you’ll love it. Heck, you’ll love it no matter what! Just. . . don’t read it on a subway.

Have you read Dog Days? How do you think it stacks up to the other Wimpy Kid books? Let me know in the comments!

Jack, STACKS Writer


BONUS WRITING PROMPT: In the book Frindle, Nick invents a new word for pen, and starts calling it a “frindle.” What everyday item would you rename, and what would you call it? Leave your answer in the Comments.

 

  1. Kyra

    Man, dog days was funny. The muddy hand? HILARIOUS! Jeff Kinney is a really talented author.
    If I could rename the rainbow, I would call it Iris. Because the goddess of the rainbow is called Iris.

  2. Casey

    I think the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series was awesome. The next book is coming 1#November#2010. ” :) :(
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  3. Casey

    Who has read the Percy Jackson series, I have. What did you think about it? you can always send me a message!!! Please I will be happy to see messages or comments.

  4. zosiaisakid

    i have dog days.i realy like it. a few things need changed.but other wise the book was great.also,there should be a movie about the book like the movie the’re making right now.

  5. Crazy man27

    I am doing my second comment just because i think this book is so good. I have a dog that does the same thing that Greg’s dog does.He is so cute. Check out my other comments. PLEASE.

  6. fr33dom

    My music teacher has regular items around her room that she names. her desk is Steve, the clock is taco, and she has a whole lot of those little squishy ball things named things like Wallie and Fredina. i didn’t even know what Frindle was ’till now but I’ll stick to Catching Fire and The Lightning Thief for now.=)

  7. Nathan

    These books are funny, but really short. I read the first 3 in bout an hour or 2. I think that It’s good but over priced. Theres like a 4.50 price slapped on there, I mean forget that!!

  8. cheese luver

    omg why is it called the dog days of summer if there are no dogs? And if any of you have seen my cheese DONT TOUCH IT!!!!!!!!

  9. alexander

    well i liked it a lot i got 2 of them and all of your other books and i hope that you will start makeing another one please and thank you

  10. pinkberry2007

    I cnt belive it but i actully finished this book in 2 hours amazing is en it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Cassie

    hey! i i love reading and ur books i’m actually thinking of becoming a writer……..just bc i didn’t capatilize doesn’t mean i stink at writing…….

  12. The girl of awesomeness

    I love the whole series I think it is cool. Most ppl like it not many people hate it and that is cool. keep up! :D

  13. twilightsaga101

    I LOVE THESE BOOKS & I MET THE AUTHOR & GOT AUTOGRAPHS!!!!!!!!!!!!! MANNY IS SO CUTE! AND FREGLEY IS NOT NICE!!!!!

  14. Yaiqab

    Ican’t belive how I NEED
    THAT BOOK!To awsome not to read!I read the Rodrik Ruls and I was over the rooftop with these books!
    In my school we have a libray,no Wimpy Kid books
    are there,so popular,there hogingthem up.I read 2 and a half Wimpy Kids and I have 1 one hold!

  15. comment number 41

    I love all of your books when i read them i have like a little televisoin in my head that is how much fun it is to read itthe people that didn’t read it yet READ IT NOW NOWNOW AND YOU WILL LOVE IT YOU WILL NEVER STOP READING IT

  16. comment number 40

    I loved the part in dog days that you went to your friends house and they gave you a smoothie and they didn’t put a umbrellas straw in yours but they put one in your friends

  17. HARDCHIC

    IT WAS HILARIOUS!!!! ALL I DID WAS LOL. I FINISHED THE BOOK IN AN HOUR. I STARTED THE SERIES IN YR 6 AND I FINISHED IT AS SOON AS YR 7 BEGAN. IF I HAD 2 CALL A PILLOW SOMETHING IT WOULD BE CALED A BEDDYBUDDY. LOL :D :) :P

  18. Yaiqab

    I love all these books,there amazing.I read
    Dog Days,Rogik Rules,and
    The Last Straw,there so
    cool and popular.My school
    has a liebrairy and they
    Wimpy kid books,but there so popular there never on
    the shelfs,there all on hold!Plus I have one on hold now,I cant wait.

  19. miss,.gsgdf

    I read all the diary of a wimpy kid series in order!!!!!!!!!! Thy were awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:]:}:}:}:}:];]

  20. Ashley

    I just want to say that Jeff Kinney is awsome and a genius for inventing these books.I would name a dog WOOF.

  21. chicaopuppys

    I love the series i own all of the books. I cant wait till the next book.I think all of the books are hilarious!=]

  22. justbouncing

    I didn’t really like it. I guess I’ve grewn up. BECAUSE WHEN I WAS IN 5TH GRADE I LOVED IT! I guess it left me when I left elementary.

  23. Littlebighead99

    that book is awesome during black friday, kids were screaming to convince their parents to buy them th book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Freakyskater

    Hey I just wanted to make a shout out to Jeff Kinney
    for writing this excellent
    book!!!! THANK YOU

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