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Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Kinney
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Book Description

The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book!

Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.

Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it.

As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular.

Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg’s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.

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    Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Jeff Kinney

    Question: Given all the jobs that you have--game designer, fatherhood, Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie work, etc.,--do you have a certain time that you set aside to write?

    Kinney: I still treat writing like a hobby, working mostly at night and sometimes on weekends. But when a deadline looms my hobby time gets extended into the wee hours of the night. It's not uncommon for me to work until 4:00 a.m., and I'm usually back at work by 9:00 a.m.

    Q: Did you get to choose which character you would play in the Wimpy Kid films (Mr. Hills)? What do you enjoy most about working on the movies?

    Kinney: I never any real desire to appear in the Wimpy Kid films, but one day my wife encouraged me to be an extra in one of the crowd scenes. So I walked onto the set, ready to ask the assistant director to put me somewhere in the back. It happened that right at that moment the director was looking for someone to play the role of Mr. Hills, Holly Hills's father. What I didn't realize was that I'd be front and center in the church scene, and in the new movie, I'm even more prominent. I'm incredibly self-conscious so appearing on-camera was a real stretch for me.

    Q: In 2009 Time magazine named you as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World--what’s the first thing you did after you found out?

    Kinney: I thought it was a practical joke, so I tried to track down the source of the joke. I eventually reached a voicemail of a reporter who said they worked for Time, and at that point I thought it was just a well-planned practical joke. It took me a while to realize it was for real. It was a big honor, but I don't take it very seriously. I'm the fourth most influential person in my own house.

    Q: Would you ever consider making Wimpy Kid into a newspaper comic strip or creating another one? Do you have any favorite comic strips that you currently read?

    Kinney: I've considered it. I set out to become a newspaper cartoonist but failed to break in. But I like the freedom books give me, so it would be tough to cram my ideas into three or four panels.

    Q: What is (or could be) you motto in life?

    Kinney: I was inspired to write by a Benjamin Franklin quote: "Well done is better than well said." But I always encourage kids to "create something great," because the tools to create something original and find an audience are available to them like never before.

    Q: What was your favorite year in school, and why?

    Kinney: Fifth grade was my favorite year. I had a great teacher, Mrs. Norton, who encouraged me to be funny and challenged me to be a better artist and joke-teller than I was. I liked it that she didn't coddle me.

    Q: Kids now ask for a book that is “like Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and with this series you’ve created a whole new subset of books for young readers--how does it feel to be the person behind such massive book enjoyment, reaching reluctant readers, and spawning any number of titles that aspire to be “the next Wimpy Kid?”

    Kinney: I'm happy that kids are reading. I think graphical books reach kids who might otherwise see books as work. Books should be fun!

    From Booklist

    Greg Heffley is back, and with him the trappings that made his first outing, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), such a popular triumph. Once again diarist Greg chronicles a hilarious litany of problems, alternating between home and school, focusing this time on the particular punishments of his reprobate older brother, Rodrick. Whether Greg is suffering on the swim team or trying out for the K–12  school talent show as Magician’s Assistant to a First Grader, his escapades are united by his struggle to avoid embarrassment. As before, he peppers his journal entries with his own cartoons (in look and tone, a sort of hybrid of The Simpsons and the Timbertoes), using them as any 12-year-old would—to add insult to injury. But the real and deeper appeal of Greg’s story is the unapologetic honesty of his adolescence; he comes across as a real kid, and his story is one that will appeal to all those real kids who feel just like him. Grades 5-8. --Thom Barthelmess

    Product Details

    • File Size: 6658 KB
    • Print Length: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Amulet Books (October 30, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005CRQ2XA
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,892 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    101 of 125 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Kinney Strikes Again! PYP Funny! January 17, 2008
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    In his latest book, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, Jeff Kinney nearly put me into the hospital. That man is going to have serious medical bills to pay if this keeps up. I almost busted a gut laughing out loud and almost aspirated my Diet Dr Pepper on a few occasions. And, yes, I hold him completely responsible.

    If not for Kinney's dry wit, keen insight into the lives of elementary school boys (especially their rationalization for EVERYTHING), and fantastic line drawing on nearly every page, I wouldn't have had so many close brushes with death in his latest book. But he put me there time and time again. Even when I thought I had things figured out (because I was once an elementary school boy with a wild imagination without a governor), Jeff would throw a wrinkle at me that I didn't see coming. He ambushed me with regularity throughout the pages.

    But it's not just me that Jeff has his merciless sights on. He's taking out EVERYBODY. My wife teaches elementary school and Jeff's books are all the rage among the students. I have to admit to adding to that bonfire because I talk about his books all the time (and I have to admit that I haven't quite become the responsible adult either, because I'll rile my wife's fourth grade class up and take my leave--taking her out to dinner usually gets me off the hook and my cool points go up with the kids).

    Parents have become interested in the books and I've told them they need to keep up with what their kids are reading. After all, they're supposed to be responsible parents.
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    29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Is that GREAT or what? August 24, 2008
    A Kid's Review
    I think Jeff Kinney hit the BullsEye with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I first read some of it at the internet. However it did not take me long to figure out that I had to have a hard copy of this book. Once I got it, I read it from start to finish and was unable to put it down until the end. It is THAT hilarious! The writing by itself is good and the cartoons make all that even better! And I am not the only one to love it. Since the time I got it, my book is being borrowed again and again by all my friends. In fact, I haven't seen it myself for long. It is just being passed from one friend to another. And we are all waiting for the next book in the Wimpy Kid series. I don't have an older brother. But although Greg seems to be complaining a lot about his brother Roderick, I wish I could get all this kind of troubles that Greg gets with Roderick. Life would be that much more interesting!!!!

    Another series that we all cannot get enough of is Why Some Cats are Rascals ( Book 3). We are all looking forward to book 4 in the series, It is actually a diary of a naughty cat, believe or not.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book series for elementary level readers! April 24, 2008
    Do you have a reluctant reader? I can't recommend this book series enough for typical elementary age boys! I've never seen my 10 year old with his nose actually in a book, but this series did it. Jeff Kinney is a genius, and I'm grateful for his writing efforts. We can't wait for book 3, book 4, and so on! This is the first book series that my 4th grader actually read on his own. In his words, "I think these are funny, hilarious, and filled with great characters." Take a chance on these and chances are, you won't be sorry!
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    13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to the Wimpy Kid January 12, 2008
    A Kid's Review
    First of all, you HAVE to read the first book of this series of Diary of the Wimpy Kid before you even read a word of this book or else you'll never understand this book. Anyway, this book is all about Greg's new year back at school, but it includes Rodrick more often in the story. The first picture is.;. you said it. Rodrick punching Greg saying "Sissy!" like in the first book and the web version. There's a lot of sections in this book which includes:
    1. Greg's Summer Vacation 2. Rowley's trip to South America 3. The dad typing Rodrick's report for him
    4. Invisible Chirag 5. Career day 6. Greg's glass eye, and 7. Rodrick Bullying Greg. This is a pretty good book, but you got to remember, if you read the first book and want to know more about Rodrick, this is your book.
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    17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Perils of Middle School in a Diary Format January 30, 2008
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    He did it again. Jeff Kinney has taken the ups and downs of middle school, friendship, parents and brothers and turned them into a wonderful diary-novel complete with pictures. It's a nonstop read. I laughed so hard and the characters stay with you long after you put the book down. This is a great book for reluctant readers. The best news, there is a third diary on the way!!!!
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    21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a Wimpy Weasel January 21, 2011
    By Steven
    I don't understand all the fuss about these books. Greg, the main character, tortures his best friend. He's lazy. He lies. He deliberately manipulates his family.

    And worst of all, he's a bully.

    In the second book, for example, we spend considerable time on a storyline in which Greg pretends one of his classmates doesn't exist. He refuses to acknowledge the other boy's existence--won't talk to him, pretends not to see him, says mean and cutting things about him while he's standing there--and the "game" spreads to the other kids in school, until none of the other kids acknowledge the boy's existence, either. The boy is reduced to tears in one scene, and Greg thinks this is just wonderful because he himself isn't on the receiving end of the humor. Eventually, Greg is called into the principal's office about it, but the principal gets the names mixed up (the boy is foreign, see, and his name is strange--har har har) and he ends up telling Greg to apologize to the wrong kid, which Greg happily does, and he goes right on with his little game until the boy's father comes over to Greg's house. Greg thinks he's in big trouble, but by now the boy is so starved for human contact that he willingly plays video games with Greg. End of story.

    This kind of stuff happens all the time. Greg deliberately uses safety patrol to get out of math class and then scares the kindergartners he's supposed to be helping until one of them pees his pants. He writes a comic strip for the school newspaper that makes fun of other students. He hides a barbell in a pillow so his best friend trips on it and breaks his toe. He cheats on tests at school. He puts off doing class projects and then gets his dad to them for him. And he's never called to account for any of this.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book series!
    My granddaughter age 8 has loved these books. She will read on her own, and this has helped her reading at school also. Read more
    Published 21 hours ago by pat keller
    5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING
    I like this book because it is funny and I am 8 and I think this is interesting to me so I have this a 5 star rating
    Published 1 day ago by Lazaro Cardenas
    5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter is seven and could easily relate to the characters
    My daughter is seven and could easily relate to the characters. She though it was funny, and truly writen to and for children. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Cathia Ruiz
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not really appropriate for 8-10 year olds! Give's them ...
    Not really appropriate for 8-10 year olds! Give's them ideas about a "Wimpy Kid" and his adventures. Need's to have a DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME sticker warning.
    Published 2 days ago by Djamila Reed-McRae
    5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
    Good read
    Published 4 days ago by Yehudis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Series Ever Written
    My son enjoys these books very much. This book series is one that I never have to push him to read as he likes them so much he is eager to read and finish up to get to the next... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Tiffany Trabbold
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    Published 5 days ago by Ofer Tavory
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Story
    My 9 yr old granddaughter loved the story especially since it's very funny! She is working her way thru all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books,
    Published 6 days ago by joseph edward bishop jr
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
    It's so funny and it is the best book I have ever read I would rate this book 100 if I colud
    Published 7 days ago by nancy
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    Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In 2009, Jeff was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

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