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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439629047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439629041
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jim Benton is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of many licensed properties, including the hugely successful It's Happy Bunny. He's created a kids' TV series, designed clothing, and written books, such as the Franny K. Stein series and the bestselling Dear Dumb Diary series. Jim lives in Bloomfield, Michigan with his spectacular wife and kids. Visit him online at www.jimbenton.com and on Twitter at @JimBenton.

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This is a cute book for tweens to read.
J.M. Coggins
My 10-year old daughter just loves this series!
L. K. Bedard
We are both eager to read the next book.
Jennifer Stanton

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81 of 97 people found the following review helpful By salsera99 on July 27, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My almost 8yr old daughter begged me to buy this series for her after she saw the catchy title and cover in the store. I consider myself a pretty laid back mom, but I feel that this series is very inappropriate for children. I read about halfway through the first book with my daughter and was very uncomfortable with how the writer was labeling peers as dorks, losers and rating them on the popularity scale. I also did not find it funny at all how the young girl in the book seemed to have a hateful obsession toward a "popular" girl in her school. The more I read, the more I felt like these books needed to go back to the store. Now to be fair, my daughter thought the books were funny and entertaining; however, the moment she called her little sisters losers and threatened to cut their hair off with scissors- that made up my mind!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eppie on July 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've worked with children for many years and have read many, many children's books. Even the most poorly written usually have at least one or two good things about them. Sadly, that is not true of this book.
The main character is mean, vindictive, small minded, petty, hateful, and generally rude about everything and everyone around her. That includes her best friend, parents, dog, and even herself. She manipulates people, lies, steals, and draws pictures of those she hates dying and receiving other "punishments" just because she dislikes them. The center target of her hatred does nothing to deserve it other than being popular, pretty, and nice.
When the book starts wrapping up to the final, and you think she might actually experience some sort of growth and learn a lesson it falls flat. She learns nothing and does not change.
Do people like this girl actually exist? Of course. Do you want your child being entertained by her or learning anything from her? I certainly hope not.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dear Dumb Diary :Lets Pretend this Never Happened, is written and illustrated by Jim Benton. This is the first book of a three part series written for mostly 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls. This book is realistic fiction and takes the form of diary entries.

Jamie Kelly the intermediate student at Mackerel Middle School (M M S), is medium-popular and wants more popularity. Angeline, Jamie's rival, is popular with the girls and cutest boys in the school. One day Angeline got her long beautiful hair tangled in one of the jillion things dangling from her backpack. The school nurse took a pair of scissors and snipped two feet of silky golden locks from the left side of her head, now Angeline no longer looks like the prettiest girl in the world! Also Angeline threw a piece of meat loaf at the cafeteria lady. Then Jamie was accused of doing it and was immediately sent to the principal's office. Jamie was almost caught stealing Angeline's permanent record and hair from the trash.

This book is eye catching because of the wonderful characters that Jim Benton creates. It has a mysterious but girly touch to it. Benton has also come out with Dear Dumb Diary : My Pants are Haunted and coming soon is Dear Dumb Diary Am I the Princess or the Frog. I strongly recommend this book to girls that like an easy read.So now girls everywhere will enjoy it!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 18, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a book about middle school kids but - typically - Scholastic markets it to kids younger than that. Although I'd say it is more appropriate for ages 12 and up, it still is quite awful. It's a mean book about mean kids. It includes name calling, stereotyping, bullying, and, sadly, nothing redeeming.

A classmate recommended this to my daughter who is not allowed to read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books because I consider them inappropriate - ironically, this book was much, much worse.

The role models and messages to girls are offensive - the main character is jealous and insecure. This type of writing sets girls against girls for no reason - except because, for example, one character is really pretty (so I guess it's okay to say mean stuff about her, fantasize about her demise and hate her in general). The protagonist is a small-minded and boy-crazy sadsack who follows trends just because they are trends - she doesn't think for herself very much and, when she does, it is to describe negative thoughts and dreams of violent revenge for perceived slights (for example, kicking off her principal's head).

It's really an appallingly bad book. I assume the rest of the series is too, but we've only seen this first installment. Did I mention that I found nothing at all redeeming in this book?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 kids on May 26, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Finally a book that my daughter actually finished with out a fight. Let's just say she is not a reader. I just sat the book out and it was gone I went looking for her and to my amazement she was reading it the book was actually done in about 2 hours and she wanted the next one. what more is there to say finally a book that kids actually like to read to tell the truth I thought it was funny too so secretly between us I am out looking for the next in the set.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dear Dumb Diary #1 is really funny. It is the diary of a sixth grade girl named Jamie Kelly, who always has a problem, usually something embarrasing about her or her friend Isabella, maybe even a problem with Angeline, the most popular girl in school.

Whatever her problem is, Jamie always finds a funny way to fix it.
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