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Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8) Hardcover – November 5, 2013
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- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (November 5, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419741942
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419741944
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 1020L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.65 x 0.95 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Lynn L. on December 26, 2019
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!
The takeaway lesson is to never buy more than one book from a series at a time.
The protagonist / anti-hero of this book is extremely dislikeable. I'd have to say that he is very likely the least likeable character that I've ever met in all of books written for young people that I have ever read.
The next issue is that this book has parts about Christmas and Easter, and our family is Jewish and those are issues that I would rather not deal with at this stage.
The final issue is that there are absolutely no positive messages in this entire book.
There are a couple of anti-messages. The first is that Greg Healy is an example of just the type of human being not to be. And the second is that the one character in the book who managed to find popularity did it by just being himself and being open and friendly ("Fregley").
Sure, the book is funny in places. But, I have gotten just as many laughs out of reading any of Beverly Cleary's books in the "Ramona" series.
Verdict: I don't see what all the hoopla is about. Save your money and time.
I'd rarely been able to get oldest to read anything, then as these came out he could hardly wait for them to arrive. It also got him interested in reading other books that were similar. He read these books long after they became too easy for him.
My second kid had all 8 of these available when he got to the point of not wanting to read, and it only took book 1 to get him hooked. While he doesn't read these any more, he does love manga. So I'm very grateful for these books to spur his interest in reading.
Greg's best friend, Rowley, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story? Read to find out!
My son bought 3 books with his own birthday money and this was one of them (they were all Wimpy Kid Books)! He's a big Wimpy Kid fan and he was excited to get his hands on this one. A funny book, hard to put down and a very good series. Another Good Book in the Series!
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We were on the tram 🚃 to school 🏫 and he was reading it whilst other adult commuters were watching him with his leg crossed, book 📕 opened and engrossed so much so he wasn’t concerned about the world going by him.
There were random outbursts of laughter from his little cheeky chubby face as he looked up at me smiled and went straight back in.
He gets off the tram with book still opened, reading it whilst I’m guiding him crossing the road to make his way to school. He gets to school looks up and around him and says “woah…how did we get here so fast!”
Amazing book that keeps children entertained and adult happy 😃 👍🏼👍🏼
My 9yr old loves all these books! Cant put them down and usually reads cover to cover in a day or two! She has re-read all the Diary of a Whimpy Kid Books several times and never gets board of them!