Life is a challenge for Greg Heffley. It used to be that he understood all the rules. Life made sense. The girls all liked the fastest boy in class. You knew where you stood. But now it's middle school and the rules have all changed. He's trying to be cool. He's trying to cope with his parents. He's trying to avoid the "cheese touch." This is a hilarious rendition of growing up through the mind of a middle school boy. It has enough pictures to make it work even for the most reluctant reader.
224 pages 978-1419741852 Ages 8-12
Keywords: middle school, humor, reluctant reader, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, part of a series
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.
Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.---from the publisher