Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wimpy Kids Everywhere UNITE!

So today we have one book from the "way back files" and a book I just read.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley is the perfect 21st century every boy. A dorky best friend, a horrible older brother, an annoying little brother, and parents that mean well, but they're parents. Can you get any more embarrassing!?

Starting out the school year, Greg's mom makes him keep a journal in exchange for no longer having the scrub the toilets on Saturday mornings. (This is NOT a diary. It's a journal.) 75% hand-lettered prose, 25% comic, Greg's trials and tribulations will be a hit with girls and boys, heavy readers, and the most reluctant. Also, a sure hit for grown-ups remembering their own childhood.

I swear I went to school with Greg. I think I had crush on him at some point.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid started out as a webcomic on Funbrain, where you can still read large chunks of Greg's adventures.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Another school year, another journal. Only this year, Greg still has the cheese-touch. Also, he did something really embarrassing last summer, and older brother Roderick saw, so he's kinda Roderick's slave.

Roderick's band is always over playing their "music" and Manny (Greg's little brother) continues to make life difficult. It doesn't help that Rowley (Greg's best friend) is as dorky as ever.

Can't a guy catch a break? A FANTASTIC follow up to the first.

My favorite is the Wimpy Kid phenomenon. When the first one came out, I put it on display and it eventually got picked up. My favorite was when a 12-year-old boy came in and started leafing through it. I looked over a little while later, and he was sitting down, deeply engrossed. He read the whole thing in one sitting.

But now! With the second book? Hold lists out the wazoo! For both books! Kids have been waiting FOR-ever (their word) to get their hands on this book. Does it just have great word-of-mouth with the kids? It's fantastic!

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