Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1)
Acclaimed debut author Jeff Kinney brilliantly re-creates the typical humor and logic of middle school boys sidling into adolescence. Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal—not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming wit...more
This "novel in cartoons" is a hilarious addition to the tween fiction section. Presented as a 'journal,' because the word diary is much too girly, this story chronicles the misadventures of Greg Heffley, middle school student. This was a fast read that was hard to put down. Each page featured at least one, sometimes many, cartoon illustrations that added to the humor of the book. Kids of the targeted age gro...more
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Greg Heffley is a 6th-grade weakling trying to make his mark in the middle school world. His family includes a mom, a dad, a heavy metal big brother, and a whiny, tattling little brother. His best friend is Rowley, another odd 6th-grader with overprotective parents and the world-class ability to annoy.
Greg is always a victim of the big, mean bullies in...more
I don't see why this book is so popular. I zoomed through it in less than an hour and thought it was boring and immature. It has a biased idea of middle school life and I didn't find it funny at all, which it was obviously trying to be. Oh, and sheer amount of clichés made me want to gag.
It features bland art that adds nothing (other than a misguided attempt to catch reluctant readers), boring characters who still managed to garner my dislike, a motionless plot with no character development or point. It was like a particuarly uninspired Saturday morning cartoon stripped of any of the facile enjoyment of animation.
Its narrated by this middle-school aged kid in the form of a diary, with sketches and doodles included on every page, and basically follows his days from the begining of the school year to the end. He is a bit of a loser, and trys to create a better image for himself through attempts at being...more
Last night I skipped over all those books and choose to go to bed with this one again. I'm lovin it!
1. This is one of the books that has made me say something ridiculous to my son like, "If you don't close that and go to sleep you're going to be grounded from books" (which sets off a stream of laughter as we both realize how ludicrious my threat is even as I'm speakin...more
I think it is LOL is funny. I think everyone should read it. Get it from the library. I like it better than the Big Nate books. I like how this book is about greg's life and all the funny things that happen to him. It makes me think about what high school is gonna be like.
Greg only has one friend and the rest of the guys are bulies. They pick on him, and one of them actually punched him!
[I asked my daughter what happened next? Did he fight...more
Comments while reading:
1. "I want to read this book because all the kids in my class have read it."
2. "That's the CHEESE! Don't touch it! Why? Because if you touch it you'll have the 'cheese touch'."
3. "What is the 'cheese touch'? Just read the book!"
4. "He had to tie his fingers together so he won't get the cheese touch. And he got a D in handwriting."
5. "Is it true that if your hand is bigger than your face you have low intelligence?"
6. "What is...more
I got a lot of kicks out of it. I read it in one night which makes for a good book sometimes to just get in and get out in one night. It reminds me of all the awkward moments of growing up and I still experience as I move through life.
Poor Greg, he never seems to realize he is cool and important and doesn't have to fear everything. Is all he needs to...more
One of my students gave me his copy of Wimpy Kid and then asked me every day for a month if I had read it yet. Not wanting to disappoint a student excited about a book, I finally sat down one afternoon and flew through it. Eh. The protagonist is a mean, unfunny little jerk. I freely admit that I probably "just don't' get it," and I'm okay with that.
I celebrate any book that makes kids want to re...more
Jeff Kinney is obviously still a big kid himself because he writes about the daily life of school boys with alarming accuracy.
Life as a school boy gives you plenty to deal with. You're the target of trick-playing big brothers, you endure the misfortune of landing in your school’s gifted reading group, and you're always on the lookout for ways to lower parental expectations (so they'll love whatever you manage to do).
The content of the story is...more
Greg's mom has decided that it would be a good idea for him to write his feeling and events of his life. He begrudingly goes along with it, making it clear that this is a "JOURNAL and not a diary" and if "she thinks he's going to wirte down his "feelings" in here, she's crazy!" He figures that some...more
Edited to add:
Greg keeps a journal to record the events of his first year in middle school. He writes about getting put into teh gifted reading group, " I was pretty disappointed to find out I got put in the Gifted group, because that just means a lot of extra work."
Greg wonders about popularity and grades as he tries to figure out who he wants to be. His family doesn't help--his older brother is a creep and his younger brother tattles constantly. His parents, well, they ar...more