Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.
Cash has really gotten into this series this school year. I decided to read them too so I could see what all the fuss was about. I’m glad I did because, although Greg is a hilarious character to my son, he’s not exactly a good role model. He’s very self-centered (what middle schooler isn’t?) and not very nice to his friend Rowley. Cash and I have been talking about what Greg does that we like and what we would do differently from Greg. It’s been fun because Cash gets so excited about these books – he loves to talk about them.
Greg’s parents are clueless and out of touch. I think reading about them has made Cash appreciate me! For example, Greg’s mom makes him try out for the school play – Cash wanted to make sure that I would never make him do something like that if he didn’t want to.
This book is a very easy read even for an elementary school kid. There are a lot of cartoons – it only took me about an hour to read and didn’t take Cash much longer. It is funny and sometimes gross but not inappropriate. I think these books would be especially good if you have a boy who is a reluctant reader – the drawings make it extra fun.