Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
ISBN: 9780810993136
Pages: 217 pages
Publisher/Date: Amulet Books, c2007.

“First of all, let me get something straight: This is a JOURNAL, not a diary. I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I SPECIFICALLY told her to get one that didn’t say “diary” on it…. So just don’t expect me to be all “Dear Diary” this and “Dear Diary” that.” (1)

This is how we’re introduced to Greg Heffley, a middle schooler who is just trying to figure out a way to get through school. In a way, he knows the rules, like the fastest runner is no longer the most popular kid like he was in fifth grade. On the other hand, he can’t figure out why his friend Rowly Jefferson is mad at him after Rowly got in trouble for something Greg did. Whether it’s an unsuccessful haunted house, or trying to get out of being a tree in the school play, readers witness the hillarious everyday ups and downs of middle school. Illustrated throughout with drawings that are little more than stick figures just add to the appearance of an actual journal. His alternating confusion and comprehension and his wry humor is a perfect combination for any reader. A must read!

I loved this book. The situations were realistic, the characters had depth, and the main character was hillarious. There is a sequel that I’m going to pick up, and the third one in the series is coming out in two days, which I’m very anxious to read. I know this book is old hat to most people, but this is the first chance I’ve had to read it. Great for reluctant readers, and the episodic nature of the stories makes it great for bedtime reading or required reading time in school. I don’t know what I would compare this book to, but fans have a ready made sequel to turn to for futher reading.