|Author: Jeff Kinney|
Illustrator: Jeff Kinney
So, this book is supposedly Greg Heffley's journal. He journals about his days
The character of Greg Heffley is not one that I like. He is so self-centered and everything is everyone else's fault. (This should sound familiar to all moms out there!) He is a middle school boy though and he is struggling to fit in. He is scrawny, he has an older brother that picks on him, and a younger brother that gets everything he wants. Even so, I don't feel sorry for Greg! He's just learning how to survive in middle school and growing up.
The pictures look like they are stick figures made by a middle school boy. As I read, I could imagine that a middle schooler wrote this book and drew the pictures. They are perfect and help make the story even funnier. I noticed that I laughed the most when I read the story and saw the pictures associated with the text. On page 13, Greg explains that he did not want to be in the gifted reading group, but he's glad he didn't end up in the Easy group because the kids in that group didn't even know how to hold the book. So, the books drawn on this page are, Einstein as a Child and Bink Says Boo. Guess which book was the Easy book. Another example is page 90. You see a picture of a barbell that Greg has made to help him get into shape so he isn't picked on during the wrestling unit in PE. Of course, he invites his sweet friend, Rowley, to work out with him. (The barbell is made of a brookmstick and two jugs filled with sand.) This sentence captures the essence of Greg perfectly, "I made Rowley use the bench press first, mostly because I wanted to see if the broomstick was going to hold up."
If you have a child who does not want to pick up a book, this is a good one to get him or her interested in reading. My sons and students in school breeze through these books and enjoy them. They can't wait to get their hands on the next one.