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. B

    There’s a reason diary books are so popular: They’re hilarious, down-to-earth, easy to read, and true-to-life. I can relate to “Dork Diaries,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and “Dear Dumb Diary.” That’s why so many kids love them. They have appeal.

  2. Britney

    I have really had a good day today. I’m not sure if this is very good, but it’s worth a try. This is what I give to the Dear Dumb Diary Series
    March 18,2012
    Dear Dumb Diary,
    Yay!! No more school for a week. I can’t wait to start kickin’ back and relaxing, and I figured there is no better way then to hang out with my bffs and go to the movie thetre. I called my friends, Nickole and Alyssa, and we set a date to go to the movies. It was planned to see The Lorax. I was really looking forward to my Spring Break. We saw the movie, and it was great. I am really looking forward to playing with my Cocker Spaniel. She is SO cute ang SO adorable. She loves to play tug-of-war, and I’m the one who always loses!! I enjoyed myself when playing with my dog, and then I really got a big surprise when Dad made hamburgers and Mom gave me permission to invite over Nickole and Alyssa so we could camp outside in my backyard. It was so cool, and we even made s’mores and Dad even made a real fire(“Are you sure about that Max?” my Mom says)!!
    It was one of the best days ever!!
    I hope all of you people enjoyed that. It was not true at all, but I thought that it would be a really good fake diary entry. Well, I would love to recive comments on how my diary entry was. Thank you for all of your time that you used to read this.

  3. sonia

    awsome book that i go to the libarary and getdear dumb dairy…..dear dumb dairy your awsome!

  4. Bella

    Dear dumb diary is a soothing but yet hilarious book. If I rated it one a scale from 1 -10 I would give it a 10. I would highly recommend books 6 & 7 even though I have only read till book 8(4 more books to go). I always enjoy Jamies envy on Angeline and Angeline not ever having a thought in that pretty little head of hers. Isabella is just so differently funny you just want to role on the floor laughing Sometimes these books take unexpected turn that you won’t be expecting at all like on book 6 for example…you better read it to find out what happens!!!


    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!!!!!

  6. Sama Jama!!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. whitechicks



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

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!!

  15. 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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