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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Reader's Diary #1071- Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

There are movies and books I love to experience with my kids, but there are others I'm quite content to let them have to themselves. The Harry Potter series is one we do together, while the Diary of a Wimpy Kid  I assumed would be something they'd find and enjoy for themselves. I misjudged them as quickly and mass-produced books. Probably slightly entertaining and harmless but nothing I thought I'd be missing out on.

Debbie and I alternate which child we read to each night and it rarely lines up perfectly. I had finished reading James Howe's Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow to my son, but my wife and daughter were only about half way through Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay. So I grabbed up Diary of a Wimpy Kid from my son's shelf, figuring I could easily get through this one as well, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. Yes, low expectations have saved yet another book.

It was hilarious. I honestly don't remember the last time a book made me laugh so hard that I had to stop and recover. There's a scene involving a grape and an orange. Hysterical. Another with a form Christmas thank-you letter. I was made to read that one about three times.

Greg Heffley, a middle school kid (older than my own son), is an average kid. He's not perfect (he can be quite mean to his best friend), but that's okay— he provides a lot of talking points and he's certainly easy to relate to.

Who knew?

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I made the same assumption as you about this book. I may have to borrow your youngest as some point, so that I can legitimately read this.