It’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