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Diary of a wimpy kid, Greg Heffley's journal, by Jeff Kinney

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Diary of a wimpy kid, Greg Heffley's journal
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Diary of a wimpy kid
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Greg Heffley's journal
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by Jeff Kinney
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Greg Heffley's journal
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eng
Summary
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship
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Diary of a wimpy kid
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Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship
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Review
  • Gr 5–8— Greg Heffley has actually been on the scene for more than two years. Created by an online game developer, he has starred in a Web book of the same name on since May 2004. This print version is just as engaging. Kinney does a masterful job of making the mundane life of boys on the brink of adolescence hilarious. Greg is a conflicted soul: he wants to do the right thing, but the constant quest for status and girls seems to undermine his every effort. His attempts to prove his worthiness in the popularity race (he estimates he's currently ranked 52nd or 53rd) are constantly foiled by well-meaning parents, a younger and older brother, and nerdy friends. While Greg is not the most principled protagonist, it is his very obliviousness to his faults that makes him such an appealing hero. Kinney's background as a cartoonist is apparent in this hybrid book that falls somewhere between traditional prose and graphic novel. It offers some of the same adventures as the Web book, but there are enough new subplots to entertain Funbrain followers. This version is more pared down, and the pace moves quickly. The first of three installments, it is an excellent choice for reluctant readers, but more experienced readers will also find much to enjoy and relate to in one seventh grader's view of the everyday trials and tribulations of middle school.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA --Kim Dare (Reviewed April 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 4, p140)
  • /* Starred Review */ Kinney's popular Web comic, which began in 2004, makes its way to print as a laugh-out-loud "novel in cartoons," adapted from the series. Middle school student Greg Heffley takes readers through an academic year's worth of drama. Greg's mother forces him to keep a diary ("I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I specifically told her to get one that didn't say 'diary' on it"), and in it he loosely recounts each day's events, interspersed with his comic illustrations. Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration (e.g., "Don't expect me to be all 'Dear Diary' this and 'Dear Diary' that"), and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg's often deadpan voice. The hero's utter obliviousness to his friends and family becomes a running joke. For instance, on Halloween, Greg and his best friend, Rowley, take refuge from some high school boys at Greg's grandmother's house; they taunt the bullies, who then T.P. her house. Greg's journal entry reads, "I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Gramma is retired, so she probably didn't have anything planned for today anyway." Kinney ably skewers familiar aspects of junior high life, from dealing with the mysteries of what makes someone popular to the trauma of a "wrestling unit" in gym class. His print debut should keep readers in stitches, eagerly anticipating Greg's further adventures. Ages 8-13. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 5, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 10, p61)
  • First volume of a planned three, this edited version of an ongoing online serial records a middle-school everykid's triumphs and (more often) tribulations through the course of a school year. Largely through his own fault, mishaps seem to plague Greg at every turn, from the minor freak-outs of finding himself permanently seated in class between two pierced stoners and then being saddled with his mom for a substitute teacher, to being forced to wrestle in gym with a weird classmate who has invited him to view his "secret freckle." Presented in a mix of legible "hand-lettered" text and lots of simple cartoon illustrations with the punch lines often in dialogue balloons, Greg's escapades, unwavering self-interest and sardonic commentary are a hoot and a half—certain to elicit both gales of giggles and winces of sympathy (not to mention recognition) from young readers. (Fiction. 9-11) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2007)
Award
  • Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY), Younger Reader, 2010.
  • Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY), Younger Reader, 2012.
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award (Ohio), Grades 3-5, 2008.
  • Colorado Children's Book Award, Junior Book, 2009.
  • Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey), Children's Fiction, 2010.
  • Golden Archer Awards (Wisconsin): Middle/Jr. High, 2010.
  • Great Stone Face Children's Book Award (New Hampshire), 2009.
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award (Wyoming), 2009.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Grades 3-5, 2009.
  • Maine Student Book Award, 2009.
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award, Junior Books category, 2009.
  • West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA), Younger Readers, 2009.
  • West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award, 2010.
  • Young Reader's Choice Award (Pacific Northwest), Junior, 2010.
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection.
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DLC
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illustrations
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no index present
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Literary form
novels
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Series statement
Diary of a wimpy kid
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0001
Target audience
pre adolescent
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Greg Heffleys journal
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Diary of a wimpy kid, Greg Heffley's journal, by Jeff Kinney
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"A novel in cartoons"--cover
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
217 p.
Isbn
9780810993136
Lccn
2006031847
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ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)74029165

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