Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10. Old School Paperback – June 7, 2016
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No, this book series was not Harry Potter (published 1997-2007). This new series followed the misadventures of lazy unprincipled undisciplined middle school miscreant Greg Heffley. And school children everywhere ate them up. While the buzz over these books eventually died down, they are every bit as good as when they were first released, and each new addition to the series remains hilarious. If your child is a reluctant reader and/or 8 - 10 years old, definitely get him or her started on the first book! (While the protagonist is a boy, my children are both girls. In my experience with my own and other children, both genders love these books.)
As the title “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” implies, the books are written from Greg’s point of view. Hand drawn pictures abound on every page. The text is so clever that children, adolescents, and adults can all appreciate it. When a new book is released, there is a gentle fight at our house over who gets to read it first. There is one illustration in the first book that was so hilarious that I laughed till I cried. (I won’t spoil it for you with details.) My younger daughter still talks about how Greg’s idiot older brother misspelled the family dog’s name on his personalized dog dish: Sweaty.
Just like with Harry Potter, I recommend that you read the books in order, although each book can certainly stand alone. As I write in early 2019, here are the books currently in the series:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007)
Rodrick Rules (2008)
The Last Straw (2009)
Dog Days (2009)
The Ugly Truth (2010)
Cabin Fever (2011)
The Third Wheel (2012)
Hard Luck (2013)
The Long Haul (2014)
Old School (2015)
Double Down (2016)
The Getaway (2017)
The Meltdown (2018)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to reread the books. I can always use a good laugh!
However, he LOVES LOVES LOVES the Diary of a wimpy kid books. This latest one Old school he read in 1 day..YES 1 whole day..
When done reading all he had to say while beaming ear to ear was "I love this author".. I thought it was so cute.
I TOTALLY RECOMMEND the entire series..5 stars!
Mr. Jeff Kinney, I don't know how fast you can write but I so hope you're working on the next one..I need you.
To have struggling readers highly engaged in a book is truly AMAZING... Thank You!
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Synopsis from http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book10/:
Life was better in the old days. Or was it?
That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.
With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?
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So what did I think?
As I just started typing diary into the google search bar, Diary of a Wimpy Kid popped up; so that just shows what a phenomenon the series has become. I’ve read the whole series to one child or another in this household-so much so that it just wouldn’t be Christmas if someone didn’t get the latest edition in their stocking!
Old School starts with Greg reflecting on how adults are always wittering on about the good old days”. Greg loves his technology, but Mom is on a mission to get the neighbourhood to have an electronic device free weekend. She has a tough job gaining signatures for her petition, until the day when Grandpa throws a party in the Heffley residence. And Greg has other problems: the pet pig is turning far too human, and Grandpa has come to live with them. Greg’s problems grow so big that he decides to escape by joining the school camp trip to Hardscrabble Farms.
As I read this to my eight year old there were frequent laugh out loud moments, and plenty of cringeworthy situations where my son hid beneath the duvet saying, “Oh no, this is going to hurt! The storyline mainly focusses this time on the father-son-grandson dynamics that grown-ups will identify with! As always, Jeff Kinney’s flawlessly executed illustrations bring the whole thing to life, and there is a perfect text to picture ratio.
If you pushed me, I’d say that his best one so far is The Long Haul, as that had me crying with laughter for a good proportion of the story. But this is just as satisfying as the rest of the series, and certainly brightens up a cold winter’s day.
Well worth a read.
P.S BEWARE OF SILAS SCRATCH!
17th January 2016
Kinney's books are so enjoyable and hard to put down that my even though its so packed with content, my brother usually reads his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books within one week! He always NEEDS to get the latest book because he knows just how brilliant it will be.
He's been reading them for years and he's a teenager now so these books are a all rounder (age wise). As long as the child can read of even be read to they will no doubt enjoy everything the characters get up to.
It lovely to see a young man step away from game consoles and actually read and to love doing so. I only hope that the next book in the instalment is released soon as he's waiting!