Saturday, March 12, 2016

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School.

Kinney, Jeff.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School.  Harry Abrams  2015  217p    
$13.95  ISBN 978-1-4197-1701-7      elem/ms     Realistic fiction  VG

In this new addition to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley is once again up to his tricks and will delight young readers as he struggles to relate to the voluntary community effort to go electronics-free for a weekend.  As he tries to capitalize on the initiative he is also faced with the decision that his grandfather will come to live with his family. The action races forward to reveal Greg’s antics and typical adolescent comprehension of these events, and he suddenly changes his mind and decides to go on the school trip to Hardscrabble Farms where the typical Diary of a Wimpy Kid humor and fun abounds.  When the plentiful fiascos of the trip send their cabin chaperone home, Greg’s dad is the replacement, and Greg discovers a whole other side of his dad.

Jeff Kinney
has once again created a hilarious novel that will delight young and reluctant readers.  Due to the fast-paced, multifaceted plot, readers will not be able to put this book down.  The fun and simple illustrations break up the text and enhance the story.  This is yet another book in the series that will engage and entertain adolescent readers.

Summary: As Greg Heffley’s community voluntarily goes electronics-free, he can’t quite comprehend the advantages that the adults see, and, facing family changes along with his sudden change of mind about attending the school camping trip to Hardscrabble Farms, Greg learns about a whole other side of his dad.   

Field trips-Fiction, Humor                            --Virginia McGarvey

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