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 with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.
©2007 Jeff Kinney; (P)2008 Recorded Books
"[This] should keep readers in stitches." (Publishers Weekly)
If you always have a book with you...
I thought that the book was performed well enough, could have had some more expression.
But what's with the story?! I did not care for the 'Wimpy Kid' at all. I though that this would be the story of a Wimpy kid and how he overcame his shortcomings. Instead, it's about a 'poor me' brat. Really no value for kids in this book, it teaches them the wrong way to behave.
Plot is good, especially for middle school students, yet narrator's voice is monotoned and boring. Maybe having George Lopez read it would add more flavor to it.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
My kids and I listened to this book and the reader just didn't capture the essence of the story. Zooey Mamma!!
This is a great book, but the recording had some problems. First the narrator sounded way too old to be reading in the voice of a sixth grader. His delivery was very stiff and he read way too fast! I'm all for reading at a nice clip, but this felt rushed. I am a teacher and wanted something for a student to listen to as he read along, but my student couldn't keep up and kept having to stop and back up. I know the cartoons are hard to deal with as a narrator - do you pause for kids who have the book or just keep reading for those who don't? The production team obviously decided not to pause or even slow down and sometimes even paraphrased the jokes, which didn't really work. Wonderful book, but not a great recording.
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