1.13.2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (3) by Jeff Kinney

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Last Straw
Author: Jeff Kinney
Country: US (2009)
Pages: 224
Genre: YA Fiction
Challenges: YA Book Challenge
Rating: ****

If you don't have children, or don't teach, then you might not be aware of what a huge impact the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have had on reluctant readers.  Author Jeff Kinney really changed how kids who "hate books" perceive them.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are journal entries of a young lad named Greg.(In Book 1, Greg pointed out to his mother that diaries are for girls, boys write in journals. Unfortunately for him, though, his mom bought a book that had "diary" written on the cover and the rest, as they say, is history.)  Greg's middle school life is filled with attempts to become cool through humor, being bullied by his older brother Roderick, dealing with a geeky best friend, Rowly (who still asks if "greg wants to come over and play"), and now, in Book 3, a father who wants Greg to become more athletic.

Doesn't dad realize that Greg is a wimp?  

Author Jeff Kinney is known for managing the kid's website Funbrain which is where you might have first glimpsed Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  In an article announcing the release of Book 3 (today!), Kinney comes across as down-to-earth and reveling in his fame.  

It's an easy breezy read - I read it in under an hour. It's just so much fun! It has the essence of what a no-brainer sitcom does after a stressful day.  But more importantly, it opens the doors to readers who detest reading.  Check out all of the book talks on youtube by tweens!


4 comments:

  1. Author James Patterson has a ten year-old son who doesn’t like to read. So Patterson has established http://www.readkiddoread.com to help other reluctant readers.

    I, too, grew up as a reluctant reader. And my father was the author of over 70 books. Now I write action-adventure and mystery books especially for tween boys. My blog, Books for boys, http://booksandboys.blogspot.com is # 4 on Google today.

    Max Elliot Anderson

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  2. My daughter loves this series. :)

    I added this link to Mr. Linky for the 2009 Young Adult Book Challenge. Looks like Mr. Linky is up and running again! :) Yippee!

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  3. J.Kaye - I really hope that this is not the end of Greg and his friends! (I'm sure your daughter feels the same).

    Thanks for posting my link. I'm slowly getting the hang of all of this!

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  4. Then you are one up on me. I stay confused! (lol) Do you that I forgot to sign up for one of my own challenges? :(

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