Diary of a Wimpy Kid


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Stars: ★★★★

Author: Jeff Kinney

Year: 2007

Country: USA 

Genre: Children – Comedy

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I already know that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is supposed to be a book for kids and that I’m not precisely one, but who cares! I bought it anyway 😀 It is funny, it is original and it is attractive even on the outside. So why wouldn’t I read it?  Age’s certainly not a problem to me.

Now, let’s talk about the “wimpy kid”.  Greg Heffley is determined to become famous, and in this new year of middle school, he will seize every single opportunity that could get him to the top. No matter whether that means pretending to be badly injured, building the biggest snowman ever or turning into the class clown. Greg will just go for it. In the meantime, he’s writing a journal, the so-called Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Because, as he says, “when I’m rich and famous, I’ll have better thing to do than answer people’s stupid questions all day long. So this book is gonna come in handy.”

A great thing about this book is that it REALLY looks like a kid’s diary, from the cover full of scotch tape to the font resembing handwriting. Besides, the book is surrounded by illustrations by Greg Heffley, which are sometimes even funnier than the text itself.

I laughed more than once with Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Many times what happens to Greg have happened to me too, and those coincidences are hilarious. In my view, the author really got the way a kid Greg’s age would think and behave, what must not be easy at all.

Jeff Kinney, the author of the book

I still can’t decide whether I prefer the book or the film (which I saw last year before even knowing it was based on a book). Both of them are just as great, and have their own particularities. On the one hand, you don’t get to see all the amazing illustrations from the book in the motion picture. But on the other, there are some very interesting additions in the movie, like Angie’s character and a bunch of awesome quotes and scenes.

I’m not going to lie, I liked this book very much. However, I think I would have loved it had I read it when I was ten or eleven years old. I mean, children must feel so identified with Greg… as if he was just a friend telling you what happens to him everyday. But as I tried to say before, it doesn’t matter if you’re not a kid, because you’re never too old for a good book.

At least, that’s what I want to think. ☻

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– Written by GuadiRC –

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5 Responses to Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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  2. Ben says:

    I haven’t read the book but I watched the film adaptation. What I like about this book is the flawed character of Greg. He is a hypocrite. He gives this advices that he dont follow. Or that he is an insecure person where he gets jealous if some awesome things doesn’t happen to him. Yes, that was I like about the book. I appreciate authors who make their protagonist with a margin of lessons to learn.

    • fictionworms says:

      Haha, I agree with you on that xD He really is a hypocrite. It’s the same in the book, he says: “I’m gonna do the right thing, no matter what”, and he does just the opposite!

    • fictionworms says:

      I knew there’s a sequel, but I haven’t seen it (it hasn’t arrived to my country yet). I guess I’ll write a review about it once I see it, but anyway, I don’t expect it to be as good as the first one…

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