Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons by Jeff Kinney might take you on a funny sleigh ride with wit, farce and oodles of slapstick comedy. The book that went ahead to become a New York Times Best Seller is a hilarious tale around a ‘wimpy kid’ named Greg from the middle school and the bunch of people around him. It is a diary of sorts, but the wimpy kid makes it clear in the beginning itself that he does not want to write things like Dear Diary this and Dear Diary that.
Jeff Kinney was a game developer who started to post his comics on the site www.funbrain.com. Later on the online comic developed into this hilarious book which has sense of humour spilling out of its illustrations as well. Anyone who has been to a middle school and experienced the growing up agonies of the wimpy kid is sure to enjoy reading this book. It is a page turner of the highest order and the chances of you putting the book down only after finishing it are more. The story has cafeteria brawls, a truck which says loaded diper (which can be read as loaded diaper), and many video game anxieties of middle school kids connected to parental supervisions.
The cool quotient
It makes a reader want to laugh until the tummy hurts when the middle schoolers all of a sudden decide not to get together and ‘play’. They ‘hangout’ instead! It is all about the cool quotient once you reach middle school. There is the pressure to not be a gifted student who reads books like ‘Einstein as a Child’ whereas the average students read stuff like ‘Bink Says Boo’. Why do you want to play the part of a tree in a school play? So that you can avoid memorizing lines. If you get a chance, you can as well throw an apple at someone you dislike. The diary of a wimpy kid can easily be considered as the realistic portrayal of a typical teen with all its ups and downs, mistakes and goofy moments.
Greg’s grand schemes
The wimpy kid Greg has many grand schemes in his life. A constant task is to become popular in school. He runs for treasurer, writes the comic for the school newspaper and does a lot more, but everything backfires to his dismay. He tries to get the most amount of candy on Halloween and it ends up to be the worst Halloween ever. The book does not really follow any narrative technique other than maintaining the daily events of a middle school kid just the way a diary will. Once you finish reading it, you will feel like reading a diary of yourself as a middle school kid. That of course if you were an average normal kid and not a goody two shoes. It is no classic, but it is a fun read.
It is only fair to put up some statutory warning for the parents. If your kid has not yet finished the middle school, you might not want to bestow this book upon him and get him all sorts of weird ideas. It is for the been there done that people. Greg usually does not do the right things. Greg is no model you want your kid to look up to.
He is the kid who would sneak out and trick his own parents and his friend’s parents to play some violent videogames. Each kid should have his own shot at discovering mischievous activities. This book should not dictate fun. However, parents can always sit back, relax and read the wimpy kid while gleefully remembering their own middle school days.