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Monday, October 1, 2007

Midgrade Angst Is Essential to Interest Reluctant Readers in Reading

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
Illustrator: Jeff Kinney
Publisher and/or Distributor: Amulet Books / Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Publisher Website:
Pages: 217
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9313-6
Price: $12.95
Publishing Date: 2007
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating: 5 hearts

This hilarious midgrade graphic novel about a professional nerd’s childhood in middle school is wonderfully realistic. Written in a journal format with self illustrations, we learn about the stresses and ironies that are ever present in a bright but non-athletic young man. This is not a perfect kid. He is just as likely to take advantage of other people given the chance to get ahead or to escape a painful experience. He’s particularly hard on those who are closest to him—especially his best friend.

The author shows us ourselves with uncanny accuracy. All of us have warts and pimples and painful memories. He portrays life in school and the cruelty of children in a manner that is all too familiar to many of us. We rated this book five hearts.

1 comment:

max said...

A Chapter A Week -

Beginning on Monday, October 1, and for the next 6 Mondays, I will post a chapter from one of my 7 published, action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 – 13. These teaser chapters are being posted for a couple of reasons.
I hope to encourage more teachers, parents, and children to sample my writing, and then purchase one or more of my books on Amazon, or directly from me, if you want autographed copies. Each book is rated by Accelerated Reader. I've written an additional 28 manuscripts.

There is a tremendous need for books for boys. Plus, Christmas isn’t that far away.

But even if you don’t purchase copies, I hope you will have your boy(s) check out my blog each Monday from October 1 through November 12, and catch all the excitement. Girls love these books too.

See you soon on my blog and I hope you’ll leave comments after reading each chapter.

Max Elliot Anderson


Now, from an author who hated to read...comes books kids hate to put down.