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. ” :) :(

  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!!!!!!!!

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