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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Week: Day Two - Rodrick Rules Book Review

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 Diary Of  A Wimpy Kid Week: Day Two - Rodrick Rules Book Review

About the Book: The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book!
Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.

Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it. 

As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular. 

Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg’s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.

Our Take: The first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was a phenomenon.  The series continues with this book that follows a summer vacation with an embaressing secret.  More than anything our character Greg doesn't want anyone to find out, but unfortunately for him he has an older brother.  This book centers around Rodrick, Greg's older brother, and what a pain he can be.  The book does a great job of creating that 'big brother' archetype that will ring true for so many readers.

These 'Wimpy Kid' books are littered with stick-figure style drawings that really add to the light-hearted nature of the books and provide readers with great visuals to keep them entertained and engaged.

The target audience here is 8-12 years of age, but even I found a lot of the books to be fun as an adult.  I think we all remember how Greg feels at times, our childhoods kinda stick with us.  Kinney really hits gold with this second book in the series, where he could've disappointed.  We definately recommend.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the third book in the series....The Last Straw!