Not Just for Breakfast Anymore is a book about standing up for yourself - about dealing with bullies of any age; about being who you are; and also about learning to recognize real friends, and to appreciate your family.
Just like Benny, the hero of this book, my nine-year-old son is a baseball player and really wants a dog. He could relate to worrying about making the team, and to having to deal with people who try to make fun of your name, or your pet, or what you do in your spare time, for reasons that may have nothing to do with you. The book has very funny moments - my son loved the part where the pig is on the loose in the house for the first time - but it's not just another Diary of a Wimpy Kid: it has depth, and warmth. Benny's relationships with his mom and his dad are believably portrayed; it is interesting to watch Benny come to see both his parents in a new light. Benny's classmates and the townspeople are people you recognize. And while the story ends well, Benny learns that some things are worth their price, and some are not - something many mid-graders have to figure out.
Though girls could certainly read and enjoy this book, I would particularly recommend it for boys in grades 4-6. As the parent of a fourth-grader, I know there aren't all that many good stories for boys in this age group on the market, so I really appreciated finding this - hope to see more along these lines.