Review and Giveaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Wendy Copley on December 12, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

There is a new obsession in our house and it’s called Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Wyatt had been hearing about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for awhile and was very interested in reading them, but he hadn’t managed to get his hands on a copy because the waiting list at the library was long, long, long. These books are popular — all seven of the books in the series have been #1 best sellers — and word that they’re good seems to have spread through the third graders at my son’s school. When I was offered a copy of the first book for review, I knew I couldn’t say no.

Wyatt was extremely excited when our copy arrived. So excited that he ripped the package open, whooped and hollered for a few minutes and then immediately sat down in the rocker in our living room to read it. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that he barely got up again until he finished it! I had to force him to put it down for meals (he tried to bring it to the table) and he was just a smidge annoyed when I made him stop reading to go to bed. He was done with his first read-through before he left for school the next morning and a few days later he picked it back up and read it all over again! Seriously, dude!

I finally got a chance to sit down and read it this weekend and I also liked it very much. The story centers on Greg Heffley, a middle-schooler who is constantly finding himself in trouble. It’s illustrated with lots of drawing and cartoons and it is laugh-out-loud funny in parts. Wyatt had been reading me his favorite bits from the story and showing me the comics for a few weeks so I thought I’d seen all the best parts before I read it, but I still giggled all the way through. A lot of the humor centers around the general sucky-ness of middle school, like this gem:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: "OK, Pursie."

“OK, Pursie.” Ha ha ha! The book captures exactly how mean kids can be so perfectly. And that brings me to another point: Greg is totally relatable because he’s a fully drawn character. Bad things happen to him, but he also causes problems for other kids. He is oblivious to how mean he is to his best friend, Rowley, a sweet and agreeable boy who lives up the street. Greg is constantly dragging him into his schemes and poor Rowley goes along with them to his own detriment.

I found that Greg and Rowley’s relationship was a great jumping off point for a discussion about being a good friend with Wyatt. We talked about how Greg treats Rowley, what finally causes Rowley to snap and how Greg apologizes to his friend without ever actually saying the word “sorry”.

Wyatt ordered another one of the Wimpy Kid books from the book club at school and it arrived yesterday. He was wildly excited to read it, and when I stopped to talk to a friend for a couple minutes on our walk home, this is what he did:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Man, he loves that book!

I swear to you, this photo is not staged! He plopped himself down in the middle of the sidewalk and dug into his book while Augie ran and jumped around him.

Want to win your own copy of a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book? I am giving away ONE (1) copy of a Wimpy Kid book of your choice from books one through seven! (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth,Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel).

To enter, leave a comment below sharing a cringe-worthy middle school memory.

Comments will be closed Saturday, December 15 at midnight and I’ll choose one random winner shortly thereafter. The winner will have 48 hours after I notify them via email to respond with their mailing address. (Sorry, but this giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only.) If I don’t hear from you an alternate winner will be selected, so be sure to leave your email address and check your email.

I hope YOU win!


the Iowa Expat December 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

I hated school lunch and always brought a brown bag from home. My mom often made meatloaf, the deliciously dense kind made with ground beef and sausage, bound with egg and breadcrumbs. I would make sandwiches slathered with ketchup and wrap them up in aluminum foil. You could smell my lunch halfway down the hallway those days, and bless my lockermate, we laughed about it at our 20 year high school reunion a few years ago. That was an odor that lingered for days (but tasted SO GOOD.)
My little one loves the Wimpy Kid books and hasn’t read the newest one yet.

Staci A December 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

We love the Wimpy Kid books, but have only read the first few. I think I’ve blocked out most of my middle school memories! I do remember making a particularly disastrous cake in Home Ec. Apparently we switched two of the ingredient amounts, and the cake was disgusting. Our group sat down to try the cake (which didn’t look so good, but we thought we’d try it), and were grossed out.

Karen R Quick December 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

John can’t WAIT to be able to read the Wimpy Kid books! I think knowing that he had one here waiting for him would get him to practice his reading even more than he already does 🙂 Middle school was a disaster for the most part for me. One particularly cring-worthy moment, though, was my first school dance at the school I had just transferred into. Being the new kid I was conned into believing that it was semi-formal so I got all dressed up …. and everyone else was there in jeans and tshirts. Yeah, I left about as soon as I arrived.

Heather December 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

My most cringe worthy memory would be the day my period started. I was too embarrassed to ask for help, and I was just hoping no one would notice, but I soon had a large red stain on my powder blue dress (it was picture day). A sweet teacher finally pulled me aside and sent me to the nurse, who called my mom. But by then, of course, everyone had noticed.

Amy December 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

When I started middle school my mom bought me the school gym uniform – hideous polyester shorts and shirt. Of course, all of the cool kids were wearing “plastic shorts” and cool logo T-shirts but I had to wear polyester. (anyone else remember plastic shorts, they were the precursor to the Umbro soccer shorts that were popular when I was in High School).

Margaret December 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

My cringe worthy middle school moment was just after I started getting regularly monthly cycles and I didn’t know that people don’t wear white when they have their period. Long story short, I leaked, my entire class laughed, I ran to the bathroom in tears and a friend brought me a new maxi pad. I went to my locker got my coat to wear around my waist and wan to crawl into my shell and hide.

Anne December 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Too bad the give-away is only for U.S. addresses.. But understandable. I love seeing pictures of your environment, even the sidewalk is completely different than the ones here in Holland!

Tanya B December 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

My cringe worthy moment: I was friends with this girl for a long time since elementary school, and it turned out that she only wanted to hang out with me for particular reasons. So when I told her I didn’t want to be friends with her anymore, she started making fun of me every time I walked into a classroom. Well, one day I had enough, and the words weren’t working, so I decided to smack her. Except that I was the smallest kid in the beginning of the middle school, and she was a big girl, and long story short I spent a day in the nurse’s office, and had people whispering behind my back for a while afterwards. Needless to say that was the first and last time I was ever in a “fight”… 🙂

Lisa @ The Meaning of Me December 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Ah, cringe-worthy middle school…too many to name, sadly! Probably the best would be my self-haircut. My mom always trimmed our bangs when we were kids and as I often got impatient with waiting for a good time to get my trim. So…I took scissors to bangs myself. In an effort to get them “just right” and “perfectly even” I kept on trimming first the left side, then the right, until they were finally even…and only about one-half inch long! My mother nearly fainted when she saw them but the only answer was to deal with the result and wait for them to grow out. Sadly, school picture day was less than a week away. So not only did I have a horrible-looking bang trim, but it was forever memorialized in the school yearbook. Ugh!

Love your bentos…I pop in here fairl often to take a look and get clever ideas. My daughter likes what we call “picky plates” for lunch and the bento lunch fits perfectly. 🙂

Melinda T December 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I allowed my mom to cut my bangs…the weekend before school pictures! UGH!!! But I still smiled and looked cute in my brown flower jumper! December 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

Haha adorable picture 🙂

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