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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

on February 25, 2013

JF Kinney    •    AR Reading Level: 5.2    •   AR Points: 3.0    •   Quiz #113950

Jacket.aspxGreg Heffley is an average kid in middle school.  He figures that he is about the 51st or 52nd most popular boy in his school.  By contrast, his best friend Rowley is around 150.   He always has to tell Rowley how to be cool, but it never seems to work.  Rowley still acts like a goofy kid.

Just before his sixth grade year, Greg’s mom suggested that he right down his experiences in middle school.  She bought him a journal to right in.  Greg thought this was a good idea, so that when he grows up and becomes famous, he will have a record of how he was as a kid.  This book is Greg’s record of his total bummer of a school year.

Throughout the story, Greg Heffley is a rather unpleasant character.  He seems completely oblivious to the cruel and condescending way he treats his best friend Rowley, a character who is goofy but kind-hearted and sincere.  He shows absolutely no remorse when he breaks Rowley’s hand, but rather gets upset and envious when Rowley receives sympathy.  Over the course of this story, Greg learns to value Rowely’s friendship and ultimately learns to be a better, less selfish friend.  It is the growth of this character that redeems the story.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney is a hugely popular series.  Readers clearly enjoy this humorous story with the simple illustrations.

Genre: Comedy  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Kinney, J. (2007). Diary of a Wimpy Kid. New York, NY : Amulet Books.

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