Children’s Book Review – Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney

Advised for ages 9-12

Image novels have become all the rage these times. Their multiple pictures and drawings help to interest readers, especially reluctant ones, and find them reading. Is usually it any wonder then, that the Diary of a Wimpy Kid number of books, by Jeff Kinney, are so popular? Secret Diary Books

The series started with Journal of your Wimpy Kid. All of us are brought to central schooler Greg Huffley, who sets the tone for the complete series immediately by insisting that this is a journal, not a diary. But when Mother bought it for him, she got the one which said “diary” on it, even though he specifically educated her not to. Great. 

This first book employs Greg when he gets into trouble with his easy-going best friend, Rowley. Rowley takes the reputation for a stunt Greg pulled and didn’t fess up to.

The second book, Rodrick Rules, begins with giving Greg a taste of his own medicine. When he and his big brother are left home alone immediately, he misses on all the fun but eventually ends up having to clean up the mess and covering Rodrick’s secret for him.

We meet more funny characters at Thanksgiving, when Aunt Loretta, Uncle Later on, and the children come over. Watch what a smart thing Dad does to get them all to leave early.

Book 3, The very last Straw, finds Greg wonderful family making Fresh Year’s resolutions. Greg determines his will be to help other people improve.

When Mom decided Greg is old enough to get started on doing his own routine laundry, he reacts in a typical wimpy kid way. He starts wearing things more than once. Major.

The latest in the series, Book 5, The Ugly Truth, finds Greg growing up and away of the cute child phase. He enters growing up and has to go to a dentist for adults, where he has the anxiety about gingivitis scared into him.

Youngsters absolutely love this course of graphic novels. Every single book has numerous stay figure drawings to demonstrate the action. Reluctant viewers are drawn in by the humor and trouble Greg gets into, and the mischief he creates.

Parents, nevertheless , may take offense at the truth that Greg is basically a lazy kid, the type whose influence is not appreciated on his friends. He’s pretty self focused and does not have any trouble driving blame off onto others, like his friend Rowley, or little brother Manny.

But if you wish your child to get reading, this one is an almost guaranteed hook. Adults enjoy the series also, although they may shake their heads at his irresponsible ways. If you haven’t read any of the Diary of the Wimpy Kids series, by Jeff Kinney, I suggest you do. You’ll see why it continues to be the most popular series of books with kids.

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