Great book for 10 year old and now 8 year old is reading it. Not sure if it's a 4 star or 5 star but either way it's a good read and keeps our kids interested and entertained. When my 10 year old forgets the timer is on and keeps reading it's a pretty good book. We have several of this series and they all are good.
My son and I are big Wimpy Kid fans. He is 7 and got his first 4 "wimpy kid" book through a friend. I now have bought 4 other "wimpy kids", (hardcover), my son had one paperback( that was a no,no). Any who These books have been our bed time reading for the past 6 months. I enjoy reading it to him, sometimes finishing a book in 3 days. I has also helped him to be an excelerated reader because of the pictures, plot(typical silly boy stuff), he enjoys reading them during his free reading time. I think he has reread some, he also got a hold to my phone to order another wimpy kid book.
When my son started the 2nd grade he hated having to read and saw it as nothing more than a chore and it was a fight to get him to do it. When seeing the books they were reading, I could completely understand why. I made various attempts to show him reading was fun and still it was just a chore to him and he'd constantly act like he couldn't read as well as he could to get out of having to read... until I started buying him the Diary of a wimpy kid series. He now has a greater love for reading and understanding that it can be fun and enjoyable. He went from complaining every time he had to read for class to being happy to do so and reads proficiently above grade level. He also likes discussing the books with me and telling me about what is happening. He is always very eager to get the next book in the series (and I have found amazon to have great prices on them) and has a very great sense of accomplishment when he finishes each book. The fact that this series has given my son joy in reading has been invaluable.
In 2007, the first volume in a series of children’s books was published. It exploded onto the elementary school scene and got America’s school children reading again. As new books appeared in subsequent years, children snapped them up and devoured them. To them, it was the literary event of the year.
No, this book series was not Harry Potter (published 1997-2007). This new series followed the misadventures of lazy unprincipled undisciplined middle school miscreant Greg Heffley. And school children everywhere ate them up. While the buzz over these books eventually died down, they are every bit as good as when they were first released, and each new addition to the series remains hilarious. If your child is a reluctant reader and/or 8 - 10 years old, definitely get him or her started on the first book! (While the protagonist is a boy, my children are both girls. In my experience with my own and other children, both genders love these books.)
As the title “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” implies, the books are written from Greg’s point of view. Hand drawn pictures abound on every page. The text is so clever that children, adolescents, and adults can all appreciate it. When a new book is released, there is a gentle fight at our house over who gets to read it first. There is one illustration in the first book that was so hilarious that I laughed till I cried. (I won’t spoil it for you with details.) My younger daughter still talks about how Greg’s idiot older brother misspelled the family dog’s name on his personalized dog dish: Sweaty.
Just like with Harry Potter, I recommend that you read the books in order, although each book can certainly stand alone. As I write in early 2019, here are the books currently in the series:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007) Rodrick Rules (2008) The Last Straw (2009) Dog Days (2009) The Ugly Truth (2010) Cabin Fever (2011) The Third Wheel (2012) Hard Luck (2013) The Long Haul (2014) Old School (2015) Double Down (2016) The Getaway (2017) The Meltdown (2018)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to reread the books. I can always use a good laugh!
My daughter for some reason loves to read the entire series in this book. I have browsed some of the pages and it seems to be interesting and funny. She has no problems in reading and rereading the books. The lexicon (vocabulary/content) seems to be limited, which is a disappointment, since I would like for her to gain from the books that she has read, so that she can be a more creative writer and I have pointed this out to her, but she seems to be hooked.
At the end of the book when the newspaper mentioned that a stranger shoveled the back of the church it reminded me of the end of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roddick Rules when Roddick told all the kids Greg's age about the embarrassing incident that happened. And when the story got wrong that didn't stop Greg from his chance from being popular. That just proves that Greg does anything he can to get noticed. Like at the end of the book when he wrote about it in The Neighborhood Tattler.