Readers young and old know what makes Greg Heffley endearing and likable, but how do they convey their feelings to adults who may have never heard of Wimpy Kid books? (Okay, I cannot imagine anyone who has not heard of Wimpy Kid, but I guess some exist) They may tell you that he is like every kid who ever came before him. He is funny, sarcastic, sloppy, lazy, intelligent but unchallenged, misunderstood and adorable. In a word, he is like them, the every child, and that is what makes Wimpy Kid books worldwide bestsellers and Jeff Kinney one of the most influential people on the planet!
Book 11 does not disappoint. It is a glimpse into the mind of Greg Heffley, and it is hilarious. Greg swears he is on some secret reality show where he is the star of the show. In order to keep his audience entertained, he whispers funny asides to the hidden cameras. Later, thinking that aliens from space are so advanced they send houseflies in as their drones to gather information on human life before deciding to invade. Why they seem to be attracted to dog poop, Greg cannot answer.
Greg continues to entertain with stories about school and Rowley, his best friend. Greg goes so far as to join the school band, not that he wants to play an instrument or for the pleasure, but just so he can get invited to the hottest middle school party of the year. Talk about over achievement! Of course on the night of the band recital, Greg somehow manages to get himself locked up in the band room with no way out. Not only that, he splits his pants so that even if he is rescued, there is no way he can appear on stage.
Jeff Kenney's sense of humor comes through in copy and in hilarious illustrations. There is no stopping Wimpy Kid. Kenney is now on his second world tour visiting all the countries where kids love Greg Heffley. Double Down is currently #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Highly, highly recommended for all ages!
224 pages 978-1419723445 Ages 9-13
Recommended by: Pamela Thompson, Library Media Specialist, Texas USA
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