Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1

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Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?

The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
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3 Responses to “Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1”

  1. Jordan K. Henrichs "teacher" says:
    329 of 351 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Fun for older kids and adults…, August 14, 2010
    A Kid’s Review
    This review is from: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Paperback)
    As a (more mature) 13 year old, I thought this book was genuinely funny. However, unlike younger kids, I’ve already established what is right and wrong. Cheating, lying, manipulating, and acting dumb “just to get less work” is all in this book, and when my younger eight year old brother reads this, I get paranoid of what exactly he’s picking up. He doesn’t seem to want to go to a gifted program at school, thinks less of school, and I think it is because of this book! To older audiences, Greg is a very interesting character (which is the prevelant reason why the series is so popular) but he is one of the most irresponsible fictional characters I have come across in a long time. And since the story is told from HIS viewpoint, it even makes it worse! His mind thinks of the all the previously mentioned things to be perfectly fine. I would absoluetly not recommend this book to…more vulnerble kids.

    On the plus side, the novel IS truely funny, with its charming digital drawings and witty main character- who keeps the story lively (ignoring his bad influence) throughout the entire book.

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  2. Noah D. Karchmer "hawknoah" says:
    46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid, August 5, 2008
    By 
    Jordan K. Henrichs “teacher” (Cedar Falls, IA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 (Hardcover)
    If there was an “IT” book of 2008 in the school where I teach 5th grade, forget about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; it had to be Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Book orders could not send copies fast enough. Book stores could not restock their shelves quickly enough. Everywhere I turned I was met by a student with his or her nose buried in its pages. So naturally, I had to see what all the fuss was about.

    Greg Heffley is your everyday, run-of-the-mill, middle school “wimp”. Sure, someday he’s going to amount to something big, but for now, he’s “stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons.” Greg’s journal, not “diary”, but “journal”, takes us through the hilarious events that make up Greg’s days in his first year of middle school. Lucky for us, whether it’s avoiding his older brother Rodrick, or abusing his best friend Rowley, Greg’s days are never short on laughs.

    I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard when reading a book. There are laughs on every page, literally. Greg’s mudslinging student council posters, Greg and Rowley’s failed attempt at a haunted house, the students’ wrestling unit in PE (“muscles are gross”), and Christmas time at the Heffley home. Situations like these that Greg finds himself in are comical enough, but it’s his voice and commentary that sets this book apart. Jeff Kinney has cleverly captured the inner workings of a middle school student, and because of this book’s popularity, it’s obvious that students connect with Greg.

    However, that’s also what scares me about this book. I’m afraid that Kinney is too smart for his own good and without realizing it, has created a lovable character that advocates laziness and using your best friend for his family’s money and his video games. Beneath all the laughs, Greg is a deceitful, selfish, jerk of a boy and the fact that students relate to him so easily doesn’t sit well with me. I admit, I laughed hysterically at Kinney’s tongue-in-cheek irony, but I’m an adult. I can tell the difference between Greg the character being serious and Jeff the author being sarcastic. I’m not so sure all the kids reading this will be able to.

    I’m torn though. This book is funny and relevant and I guess if children are excited about reading it, then who am I to complain. Any time children WANT to read, it’s a good thing, and I commend Kinney for this. He’s discovered a great medium to tell his stories. The pictures only add to the humor and the journal format makes for an easy read. I think most of my students would be able to distinguish between Greg’s selfish behavior and acceptable, respectful behavior, and if they don’t, eh . . . kids will be kids. Either way, I have a feeling that Kinney is going to be around for a while. I may be better off enjoying the laughs.

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  3. Anonymous says:
    74 of 89 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hilarious Even for Adults, December 8, 2007
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    Noah D. Karchmer “hawknoah” (Maryland) –
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    This review is from: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 (Hardcover)
    I learned of this book in my University of Maryland alumni magazine and I’m very glad I did. The author, Jeff Kinney, wrote a popular comic strip called “Igdoof” in the early 90’s for the Maryland student newspaper, the Diamondback. His comic alone made me look forward to each new issue of the paper and I continued to seek it out even after I graduated to read Kinney’s comic.

    From what I understand, he fought to get the strip syndicated after he graduated, but it never happened- presumably because his somewhat simplistic and crude artistic style is nothing like what you see in the daily comics sections. I had often wondered what became of Kinney, whose considerable talent should not be going to waste, so I was happy to pick this book up once I discovered it.

    The book, likely written for kids at or above a fifth or sixth grade reading level, was better reading for a 37 year old than I could have possibly imagined. Kinney picks up right where he left off with the Igdoof strip with the very same humor and art that made me enjoy it so much. The book was laugh-out-loud funny throughout and I would recommend it to not only kids, but anyone who can appreciate humor books. I wish Jeff all the success in the world and look forward to reading more of his works– he has really found his calling.

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