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Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) Hardcover – November 15, 2011
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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!
Top Customer Reviews
What I liked about the book: Greg is less whiny in this book. Oh, sure - he's still the King of Bad Choices, but he actually seems to grow a little, in spite of himself. That was my problem with books four and five - Greg seemed rather stagnant. I like that the book is a quick, easy and entertaining read. Kinney certainly knows his audience and does a great job of meeting their expectations.
What I didn't like about the book: Can't think of anything I didn't like.
As I mentioned my students (3rd - 5th grade) are crazy about this series. Our pre-winter break library lesson involved a book talk about Cabin Fever and then they had an indoor snowball fight. They each wrote an adjective about snow on three slips of paper, balled them up and spent 60 seconds having a snowball fight. At the end of the fight they took three "snowballs" that had landed near them and used the three words to write a poem about snow on their blog. They had a great time. I'm not sure which they enjoyed more - the excerpt I read from the book or the snowball fight.
AR Reading level: 5.8
Recommended for 3rd grade and up.
Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!
I love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and this book, Cabin Fever, I thought was the most funny. I don't want to spoil it, but there are very funny jokes in this book. Greg gets trapped in the house during a snow storm and is accused of a crime---which he sort of did. If I were to give this book a rating, 10 being the best, and 1 being the least best, I'd give it a 9.75.
Greg is a kid who has an interesting life. For example: Greg is terrified of Christmas. He thinks that Santa can see his underwear and that he won't be able to get enough presents. He feels pressured because he wants to be on the Good Boy list.
As another example, Greg "vandalized" the school. Greg and his friend Rowley put up posters for their bazaar but it starts POURING down rain! They take the posters down but the posters stained the wall! The wall was stained!
A few days later Greg is stuck in his house when the power goes out and so does his heater! It is snowing and the temperature is dropping. Greg his mom and his older brother snuggle under loads of blankets but his little brother is nowhere to be seen! Just then they hear a knocking at the door. Who would want to come when it is cold and snowy? Find out who when you read the book.
Finally Greg started a newspaper called the Neighborhood Tattler. Each issue cost 50c but in the end he handed them out for free. Nobody wanted to pay 50c for a one page and very poor newspaper.
I think I would rate this book five stars!! I liked the funny moments in Greg's life. It also was such a well written story that I wanted to read it all the time. So if you are having a down day this book will make you smile. I think everyone should read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very good book. I read this because I have been wanting to read this for a very long time. Today, I looked on my library's system to see if it they had it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tech Guy 21
This book is a really good for relaxing and laughing. I need to pick up the other books when i get a chance cause as long as jeff kinney's writing all of them i have no problem.Published 16 days ago by randy
I loved the series since book 1, but I think the books are getting less and less interesting. It's like there is no real story behind this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeremy Gomez
I have been reading this book for a very long time and it is my favorite book out of all the book in the series.Published 1 month ago by Tim Budzik