Thursday, 3 February 2011

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Book title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
Publisher: Puffin
First published: 2007
No of pages: 217

Description: (from Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into a new year and a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. Desperate to prove his new found maturity, which only going up a grade can bring, Greg is happy to have his not-quite-so-cool sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's popularity to his own advantage. Recorded in his diary with comic pictures and his very own words, this test of Greg and Rowley's friendship unfolds with hilarious results.

Review: We bought the Diary of a Wimpy Kid because my brother fancied reading it. It was probably over half a year ago... But I only just got round to reading it on the 31st of January. Thus, making it the book I was reading on the 1st of the month!

Before reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it had been years since I had last read one, and I can't really remember which one it might have been. And I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was funny, very well written and probably very factual, as well. I'm not sure about the last one - as I never went to school in America and schools work a bit differently in Greece - but I'm pretty sure quite a few American children would be able to empathise with the main character, Greg Heffley.

You can't honestly say that Greg is the good kid on the block. The only thing he wants to do is fit in at school. Only, he doesn't have the right way of going about it, and ends up hurting quite a few people in the process (especially his best friend, Rowley).

It might be classified as a children's book, but I think that quite a few adults would appreciate it, too. It's funny and will probably make you smile or maybe even laugh out loud at some of the things going on in the book. Same goes, whether you are young or old. A book definitely worth reading! You'll have fun! Trust me!

Rating: 8/10 (for funnyness!)

Author: Jeff Kinney was born in Maryland in 1971 and attended the University of Maryland in the early 1990s. He already knew he wanted to be a cartoonist, and actually ran a comic strip called ''Igdoof'' for the campus newspaper. In 1998, he started Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He worked on it for 6 years, until he started posting it in installments on In 2006, he signed a multi-book deal to turn the Diary into a proper book, which was published in 2007. Since then, he has also written extra books in the series:
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
3.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself book (out of series)
4.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
5.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
 6.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
The author lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

There is also a film based on the book, the trailer to which you can see here:
Plus, the second film is coming up, based on the second book of the series (Rodrick Rules):

Counts as Book #6 in my 100 Books In A Year 2011 Challenge

Goodnight everyone!

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