It 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.
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