It feels almost silly writing a review of the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but a review has to be written on a book that has been, and continues to be, very popular in the Harvest Park library!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal, is written as a novel/graphic novel, which appeals to a wide audience. Greg Heffley, the main character, is the middle child, and this book is a journal (not a diary!) of his trials and tribulations during his first year in middle school. Greg and his best friend, Rowley, are smaller than many of their deodorant-needing and shaving male classmates, and as such, are the brunt of pranks.
There are many laugh-out-loud moments in this book, such as the “cheese touch” and the Christmas thank you notes that he is forced to write.
Kids will be able to identify with the characters and what happens to them. The author has miraculously made Greg actually sound like he is in 6th grade! Imagine that!
For a great laugh, read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney.
Genre: Realistic fiction
Tags: graphic novel, family, friends, school, siblings,
Series website: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Series: This book is the first book of five in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
A/R Reading level: 5.2
Interest level: Grades 4-7
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons