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Never Do Anything, Ever (Dear Dumb Diary #4)

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Read the hilarious, candid (and sometimes not-so-nice), diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be.

Her best friend's a backstabber. Her worst enemy is a sweetheart. And her dog is just waiting for the right moment to seek his revenge. Why should Jamie even bother going to school? Why not? After a run-in
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2005)
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Katie
Okay, so it might not be the most sophisticated book in the world...but it's still really funny. Read it, have some laughs, and then pass it on to a little sibling!
Clare
Mar 26, 2008 Clare rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Clare by: myself
A kind of stupid book. The girl who is writing the diary is really wierd and stupid...I would never read it again! (Though it appeals to some!)
Tiffany Chiu
This book is written in the format of a diary and the owner of this diary is Jamie Kelly. She and her friend Isabella are always thinking up crazy thigns to do. In this book, Jamie wants to be better than Angeline which was a girl that is prettier than her. Angeline starts wearing a barrette, so Jamie starts to wear a barrette. Later on in the story, they had to choose a chairty to raise money for. Angeline found a charity and Jamie is a little bit jealous of her. Isabella "found" a charity and ...more
Megan
I don't know how I ever missed these, but I'm glad I finally picked one up. They are seriously hysterical. Favorite excerpt so far involves Jaime trying out a new hairstyle, complete with a hand-drawn picture of herself...above which reads, "...tomorrow, I am really going to have it going on. Here's a drawing of me having it going on. (I think I may also be all up in that, but I'm not sure exactly what that means.)" That sounds very much like something I may have said when I was 13-ish. Jim Bent ...more
Victoria C
Jamie is trying to bring out her inner- beauty. By doing all of these charities, even some made up ones, in order to seem better than Angeline to Hudson. While doing all of this in P.E. Jamie, Isabella, and others have to get a baby across the gym while the floor is like alligators, only using a few items. So not only does Jamie have to do all of these charities, she also has to plan out the assignment.
Jamie: Brown hair, tries to be better than Angeline.
Angeline: Blonde hair, popular, better
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Edward Creter
Jamie Kelly returns for more ribald fun as she endures middle school (of course in her understandable case, endures is a too-kind term). Her bff Isabella and her have tto undergo the most heinous test in phys. ed. history: take a baby doll across the gym floor without the feet touching the floor and without tossing the kid over. (Poor kid! I know he's a doll but.....he's so CUUUUUUTE! Think what would happen if it were a real live boy!) Oh yeah: the floor is covered with deadly imaginary crocs! ...more
Dominique
This book shows the greedy side to Jamie. When Angeline was on the walk-a-thon for kids who needs operations in hopitals. Her greedy side shows and she enters to get money because
Angeline got $300 on the walk-on-thon.
Erin
Umm, these books are hilarious! I laugh out loud. I either have an simple sense of humor or young girls don't get the jokes. I'm guessing I have a simple sense of humor. :) I think these books are great!
SkeletalGarden
I didn't find this one as humorous as its predecessors, but I thought it gave good messages to its audience regarding inner beauty and charity involvement.
Shania shelton
this book waz hecka funny and the two gurls do dumb stuff that explain the name if the book lolz
Paige
I love all the dear dumb diary books but only read 4
Zana
"Read the hilarious, candid (and sometimes not-so-nice), diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be.

Her best friend's a backstabber. Her worst enemy is a sweetheart. And her dog is just waiting for the right moment to seek his revenge. Why should Jamie even bother going to school? Why not? After a run-in with Mega-Popular Angeline, aka Pure Evil, Jamie reforms her selfish ways & becomes the decent human being she never th
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Rummana
Jamie Kelly is a normal girl that has a weird life. She writes a diary about her wacky days and it is quite humorous. Well in this diary, she talks about her gym class. In her usual gym class, all the students mainly run laps, so she decides to tell her coach to do something new. He decides to have a challenge. Each group gets a baby, a pot, a broom, and a rubber snake. They have to use these to get the baby across the gym. Angeline, the most beautiful and popular girl in school, tricks the coac ...more
Nicole
Nov 23, 2007 Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls
This book is absoulatly laugh out hysterical and some things in this book you can actrually relate to. This book is about a girl facing some hard times and ANGELA!! Angela is the popular pretty girl that sweeps away all the attention. The main character hates Angela because she is so perfect. You can watch the main character face life, friendships, and other typical girl worlds. The best partr is she writes her life all down in her diary and even illustrates some parts in her life. You are guran ...more
Raevyn ~WICKED is good...right?~
Funny, irreverent, strange, easy. As usual with this series, the illustrations and captions hold more appeal than the story.
Jessica Mitchell
Jessica Mitchell, 11
Never Do Anything, Ever.

This wasnt the best book i have ever read. Each page only had about ten words, at the most because of all the pictures. Thats one downside of the whole thing.
But the reason I gave it a decent review is because the drawings (Yeah, yeah. I said they were bad up there.) They were very.....creative? The author did really funny things that he knew kids my age would find funny. You know, like, toilet humor....and things that are kind of....inappropriate? No
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Oumiie
The book is about a girl who does charity work to beat another girl who is popular. She also wants to make the cutest boy like her. However everytime she tries, something embarrassing happens and it is reported in her school's newspaper.
I think that the book is very funny and entertaining. I suggest this book for girls ages 9-11. Girls our age want a boy to like them and so does the girl in this book. I also suggest this book for girls who like diary-style books because they would have fun read
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Kristan Hargrove
i want ot read it!
Julie
Jun 14, 2014 Julie added it
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it won't let me read it wtf
Linda
Feb 25, 2014 Linda is currently reading it
It is a good book!
Ashlee
I think this book is good for everyone to read in the world. Its mostly about this girl on the front of the book. she has done somthing bad and she just hopes that it never happens again/do anything like that again. So i hope you read this book because it is a very good book for your age. Probably like to the age of 5-11 years old probably. But thanks for listenning to my comment about tjhis book i really appreciate it. Maybe you can comment about/on a book. Thank You!
Lwf
May 15, 2011 Lwf rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: HS or Jr HS ages
A book my husband brought home as he read a few pages and thought it funny. I read it in about 1 hour. The book has a good lesson about beauty and honesty. Written by a guy about a girl writing each day in her diary for a month. She is jealous of another girl at school, doesn't enjoy gym class and is embarrassed by her mother. Humorous, fast read, teaches life lessons and has cute illustrations.

Funny, I dreamt of being back in HS all night last night after reading this book.....LOL
Valeria Martinez
What i like about this book is the title you can tell right away that this is a funny book! I like how he created all the characters to be perfect just how they are. I liked how Angeline could ever come up with a plan to get the project done in about a minute after he had explained it. What i really admire from him is how creative the author is! I like how different topics happen in one book. I have read this book about ten times and every single time i laugh out loud!
Myesha
Dec 20, 2013 Myesha added it
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I remember when I first read these series. I figured since it was short I wouldn't really enjoy it. Thinking back, I believe it was the humor that entice me to continue these books. Jamie was and continues to be hilarious to me. I was very obsessed with this series of Jim Benton books. Every time I saw one I had to have it. I believe I still have a bit in my collection. I recommend these books to anyone's child.
Miss Donnamaria
It is about a girl named Jamie Kelly. she has a diary with all of her dirty secrets. Someone is reading it, WHO! I thought the book was funny. It was very cool the way she explained the stuff. I thought it was awesome. If you like you like serious you wont like this one. It was funny and i will make you laugh. so read it and you will see!


Title: Dear Dumb Diary, Never Do Anything,Ever
Author: Jim Benton
Number Of Pages:144 pages
Mallory Tabler
This book "Dear Dumb Diary:Never Do Anything Ever Again", was probably the funniest book i have ever read. It has many short storries that tie toggether in the end that are hilarious. But that isn't the only reason I liked this book, the author "Jim Benton" also uses a great deal of description in this book. Overall this book wasn't the best book ever, but it's definatly in my top 15.
Robyn
And of course my first impulse would be to just close the blinds and lie about it, but if Mrs. Clawson looked out there and saw her unmentionables being mentioned like crazy, she might have a heart attack. There was nothing I could do but run outside before anybody else saw and gather them up.

Not with my hands, of course. With barbecue tongs. I mean, c'mon. Old-lady underpants? Uck.
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Benton began his career in a custom design t-shirt shop where he started designing his own characters. At the same time, Jim did illustrations and artwork for magazines and newspapers. People magazine named him "the most visible cartoonist in America" .

Benton also created greeting cards and worked in the magazine and publishing industry. In 1998, his SpyDogs characters became an animated series, T
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