Thursday, February 05, 2009

Novel in Cartoons: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal

Jeff Kinney has written a book that boys will love. If you're looking for a book that your preteen boy or reluctant reader won't be able to put down, this is it!
Greg Heffley's mom is making him keep a journal. This is bad for him, but great for us! We get to follow Greg as he plays his favourite video games, tries to avoid getting beaten up by the boys at school (unsuccessfully), and generally lives the life of a sixth-grade, middle-child boy.
This whole book is written in half prose, half cartoons. There's lots of visual content (comics, diagrams, etc) and the printing resembles that of your average sixth grader. The visual layout is immediately appealing to kids.
Kids will instantly recognize the social tensions and family issues that Greg is navigating, and empathize with his goofy exploits. For more of Greg, read Kinney's sequels: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roddick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw.
Novel in Cartoons
Grades 4-8
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