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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid – Jeff Kinney

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Penguin Random House

9781760892517

April  2019

Puffin

RRP: $14.99

 

After 13 Wimpy Kid books the series shows no signs of losing any popularity – kids from 8 to 15 are still lapping them up voraciously.  However, if such an unlikely event were to occur, Jeff Kinney has come up with a superb new twist on his famous characters.

 

We all know Rowley, Greg’s best friend and faithful sidekick and now he’s writing his own diary. Well, that’s how it begins but as usual with Greg’s influence it becomes rather more. In fact, it morphs into a biography of Greg as told by Rowley – who is quite possibly not the best choice for a writer to immortalise one’s talented and exciting life.

 

Rowley’s rather innocent outlook on life and indeed, Greg, makes for hilarious entries in his diary and only rarely does he allow himself to be the tiniest bit critical of his life-long friend. Whether it’s recalling past pranks or troubles or dares, readers gain a whole new perspective on Greg and Rowley – well, ok that may be a bit of an exaggeration as we all know that Rowley is the nice one and Greg is really a bit of a pain as a friend.

 

No matter, fans will gobble this up as quickly as the others and no doubt re-read it as many times.

 

Probably no need to recommend it because it will fly off the shelves regardless but still – recommended for those who like a bit of silliness and a fun read from around 8 years upwards.

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13 : The Meltdown – Jeff Kinney

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9780143309352

Penguin Random House

9780143309352

October 30, 2018

Puffin

RRP: $14.99

 

There is not much more embarrassing than being an adult of a certain age in public and snort laughing as you read the newest Wimpy Kid book, attracting strange looks from wary observers.  But it does seem to happen to me every time and this is no exception.

 

Fans of the hapless Greg Heffley have been waiting for the newest book to arrive and won’t be disappointed in the manic mayhem of a neighbourhood in full-blown snowed-in battle mode.

 

“Snow days” are a rather foreign concept for Australian kids but many could probably related to other weather events impeding their attendance at school. And like most kids (and teachers) an unexpected holiday is to be relished.  The severity of the winter weather has already been quite a trial for Greg with lost gloves, melted boots, unploughed sidewalks and bossy Safety Patrol girls combining to make the daily slog to school a complete nightmare. So when the weather becomes even worse and the cold snap enforces a school close-down, Greg is pretty jubilant until that is both his mother and the other neighbourhood kids all seem to conspire to make the unexpected luxury of ‘free time’ into an endless round of chores and full on snow warfare.  Greg and Rowley attempt to best their rivals in a series of side-splitting moments that certainly all the WK fans will relish.

Will the pair eventually triumph over their opposition? Will the snow ever thaw? Will Greg ever be able to escape the endless round of household tasks? So many questions to be answered! And the fans will undoubtedly enjoy discovering the results.

As always a high recommendation for kids with a sense of the absurd looking for a light read.

Check out some Meltdown activities here.

 

The Getaway : Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12 – Jeff Kinney

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Penguin Australia

9780143782797

November 7, 2017

Puffin

224 pages

RRP $14.99

 

Well as if there isn’t always enough going on for the Heffleys on a regular day-to-day basis their holiday plans go completely awry and full on pandemonium ensues!

 

The Heffley parentals have decided that they are going to completely avoid the stress of the approaching festive season along with the miserable weather and book a special family trip. Their choice is the same resort at which they spent their honeymoon and of which they have such fond memories. But as we know things never run smoothly for this family and from lost luggage to invasive giant spiders to sunburn this was never going to be the stuff of which dreams are made.

 

And as usual from Greg’s point of view, he is the most put upon out of the entire family. While his folks can escape and big brother Rodrick dodges any form of restriction, Greg is left holding the baby so to speak and spends more time chasing little Manny than enjoying any kind of resort action.

 

The format of this series never grows tired and this one has already been snapped up by one of my eager readers. Those who want a light read and lots of laughs will get much enjoyment from it.

Highly recommended for readers from around eight years upwards.

 

Take a peek inside here.

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck – Jeff Kinney

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Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney  
  

Penguin Australia

Imprint: Puffin

November 2013

Paperback, 224 p.

ISBN: 9780143308089

RRP: $14.95

I have no doubt that there were some furtive sidelong glances from my fellow commuters yesterday on the train as I chuckled my way through the latest of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books – Hard Luck.

There is something about the hapless Greg Heffley that strikes a chord with thousands of fans, including me (perhaps because he sometimes puts me in mind of Frank Spencer, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em).

In this latest episode from the continuing comedy that is Greg’s life, our poor anti-hero finds himself without his lifelong friend Rowley because – shock! Rowley has a girlfriend with whom he is totally besotted.  No one to carry his heavy bag of books, no one to give out dog poo warnings, no one to deflect the feral forest thugs and certainly no one to hang out with. Greg discovers that making new friends in middle school is a difficult if not impossible ask.

Fed up with what he sees as wrong decisions being made about his life and the subsequent disastrous consequences, Greg takes fate in a firm grip and starts placing all his choices with the answer given by a ‘Magic 8’ ball. Naturally, this does not go according to plan!

Amongst many hilarious scenes from the book, my undoubted favourite is Greg hiding out in his mother’s wardrobe and uncovering a ‘secret stash’ hidden away – no, not what you might think at all! This carefully hoarded cache is a collection of parenting books, from which Greg recognises many techniques used by his mum along with multiples of his favourite toy – in case of disaster with the original (or is that no longer the original?).

Released with judicious timing to land in Christmas stockings around the country, this one is highly recommended for readers, both boys and girls,  10 and up – and as with all the Wimpy Kid books, a great choice for reluctant readers.

Ten Things You Don’t Know about Jeff Kinney

ü  He still doesn’t have to shave too often.

ü  His first decent drawing was of a turtle at the age of 3 (Jeff, not the turtle).

ü  He plays the piano “very, very poorly.”

ü  Jeff’s brother Scott has written one of the songs in the movie, DofAWK                                                                           

ü  He created the kids’ website Poptropica.com.

ü  His favourite computer games are the Mario Kart series.

ü  His favourite sandwich is peanut butter and jelly (eeeuw).

ü  His favourite song is ‘Brownville Girl’ by Bob Dylan.

ü  He has two brothers and a sister.

ü  At one stage he studied to become a federal law enforcement officer.