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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (705 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Sun Kinney is right up there with J K Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet Independent Hilarious! Sunday Telegraph The most hotly anticipated children's book of the year is here - Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Big Issue --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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My son has read every one of these books.
Tracy
I liked this book because it has one of the most funniest things that can happen - Greg and Rodrick have to spend time together!
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My 9 year old daughter loves these books!!!
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101 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on 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 35 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Sandy Reader on April 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 A Kid's Review on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By Michelle A. Cope on January 30, 2008
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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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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steven on January 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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