“Let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL, not a diary”, and that’s that. At least as far as twelve year old Greg Heffley is concerned. If you’ve been wondering how to get the average eight year old to read a book, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series could very well be your best bet. This is a series of books about the life of a twelve year old boy (Greg) and of how he navigates the treacherous (you’ve gotta read it to believe it) realms of middle school; where kids who haven’t yet hit their growth spurt share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. We would pity him sometimes, if it weren’t for the utter hilarity of the situations he finds himself in, coupled with Greg’s deadpan narration and the author’s genuinely funny illustrations (the book is, after all, a novel in cartoons). Greg’s quest for popularity, girls, and general ‘coolth’ are foiled by his well-meaning albeit sometimes-embarrassing-in-the-world-of-middle-school mother, his older brother, a baby brother who calls him Wubby(!) and a nerdy best friend. While he is a tad self-centred and insensitive to those around him, he’ll still have you and your kid in splits.
The books are peppered with quotes such as this one:
And then they wonder why bullying is such a big problem in middle school. If it was up to me, grade levels would be based on height, not age. But then again, I guess that would mean kids like Chirag Gupta would still be in the first grade.
A great series for kids aged 8 years and above. See prices across seller websites at: The Wimpy Kid series on Junglee.
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Also, don't miss the movie: Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Movie