Reading project 2015 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1) #2

Ok I thought I’d do a change of pace with my reading and get on to some teenage stuff. Or maybe this book is more aimed towards a younger audience – I’ve seen 9-10 year old kids (mostly boys) reading the Wimpy Kid series at my son’s school. Anyway, I have enjoyed this book. It’s easy to read and there are drawings (more like cartoons) to go with the story. It’s interesting to see everyday life from a teenager’s point of view. It’s American based but I can see the international appeal – most teenagers must go through some of these hilarious stuff.

So a bit about the plot. Well it’s not really a plot as such. More like a journal of this kid called Gregory Hefflley who is in ‘middle school’. I’m assuming that is equivalent to Year 7 to 9 in Australia. He lives with his mum (mom), dad, older brother Rodrick and toddler brother Manny. He has a best friend (well more like someone to hang out with – he’s not exactly a ‘cool’ dude) called Rowley Jefferson. Greg doesn’t like middle school that much and tries to fit in and be cool but most of the time it does not go too well for him. Some of the things he gets up to are quite funny but it may not be so hillarious in reality. Well I wouldn’t want to eat cheese that’s been sitting on the pavement for weeks and months. Yuk!

This is the first book (Jeff Kinney is the author by the way, just in case you want to check him out) of the 11 books in a series of the Wimpy Kid. I don’t think I would read any more. It’s not really my thing and I don’t really like Greg…that much. But it’s interesting to see the popularity of the books among young people. Greg’s life and antics must resonate through them (especially the boys). Maybe my son (who’s only 6 years old) will love him too once he knows how to read of course!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1 (image courtesy of http://www.filmeducation.org/)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1 (image courtesy of http://www.filmeducation.org/)
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Greg reminds me of Calvin of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, a smart slacker…well smart in some ways and completely guileless in others…he is hardly a role model…but he has got reluctant kids (especially boys) reading without the fantasy elements of Harry Potter.

    1. Karina Tumon says:

      You’re right there! If it’ll get young boys to read, I’m all for it. But as an adult it doesn’t really appeal to me that much. I like Calvin – maybe it’s the way he’s been drawn plus he’s a little younger than Greg so there’s that cuteness element to him.

      Thanks a bunch for your comment! 🙂

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