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.
Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, "Just don't expect me to be all 'Dear Diary' this and 'Dear Diary' that." Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won't do and what he actually does are two very different things.
These books were absolutely hilarious! I blew right through them, not just because it was a kid's series, but I couldn't wait to see what happened next. The main character is not necessarily the most likable character, but for some reason you love him anyway. He can be quite selfish, but I think that this helps kids to understand that some of the things they do can hurt people, even if they didn't necessarily mean to. I think these books provide not only entertainment, but a little comfort, because so many kids get picked on, it would be good for them to read these books, and be able to laugh along, feel like someone understand how they feel. I also see these books are good "gateway books", which are books you get your kids to read to get them interested in reading in general. These are goofy, and don't really have much intellectual merit (in fact the main character is obsessed with video games and would rather die than read a book) but they show kids that contrary to popular belief, the written word can be fun and interesting. You get them started on books like this, next time something a bit more intellectually stimulating, and so on until your kid is loving classics like Treasure Island, and they didn't even see the change. I give these books a 2, Use a Coupon at Borders. Your kids will love them, and you just might find yourself sneaking a peek too. Don't take them too seriously, they are meant to be fun, and enjoyed, so enjoy them!
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