Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
By Jeff Kinney

Amulet, 2014, Ages 8-13

This book is the newest addition to a book series about a boy named Greg Heffley. It is currently summertime and Greg is looking forward to enjoying his time off from school. His mother however has an entirely different idea. She wants to take a family road trip because of a magazine that she reads that is all about family fun. Little does she know that the trip will turn into a trip they will never forget. Greg writes in his diary about all the crazy stuff that happens along the way.

The author wrote in a fun and creative way. His writing style also has a very laid back feel to it. It makes it very relatable to any modern day family with all the crazy stuff that happens while on vacation. You can tell that he is having fun writing the stuff that he does.

The pictures in this book are everywhere. Since it is technically Greg's diary, it appears as if you are reading a journal because the words are on lined paper and in a font that appears to be a kid's handwriting. Kinney also includes illustrations for many of the scenes that Greg talks about throughout the book. It allows the reader to picture what is going on.

I really enjoyed this book. I think it would be a great book to have in a classroom library. It is full of comedy and fun and all of the pictures really enhance that aspect. I enjoyed the theme because it made me think back to my old family vacations and all the crazy stuff that happens and how nothing ever goes exactly as planned. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes to read, but more specifically to middle school aged kids. It was a great read!

Reviewed by: Laura Shelley

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