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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Hardcover – November 4, 2014
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Gr 5–8—When Greg's mom, who's obsessed with family time, insists on a road trip, things are bound to get interesting. With a pacifier-stealing pig, hungry seagulls, a broken-down car, and the Heffleys' luck, this family vacation turns into a disaster that ends with a day at a water park. As a result, they're stranded without any money, a long way from home. Will the Heffley family make it home? Narrator Ramon de Ocampo animates Kinney's book. His intonations easily bring the author's unique, realistic characters to life. His fast-paced, entertaining narrative style is ideal for Greg's story and will have the whole family laughing out loud. Don't miss this selection. VERDICT Great for reluctant readers, this latest "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" audiobook is a must-have for every library collection.—Jessica Moody, Olympus Jr. High, Holladay, UT --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Thus begins the 9th book in the Wimpy Kid series. I have a feeling I know what you're thinking. Another Wimpy Kid book? Who wants to read more about the selfish brat also know as Greg Heffley? I mean, let's face it, he isn't the best role model (or even close for that matter). I've cringed many times while reading these books with my son; the way Greg treats his supposed best friend Rowley or the way Rodrick treats Greg. Please, even my kids treat each other better than this (which is a good thing). Of course, my son and I have spoken about Greg's behavior and how he isn't nice to Rowley and only uses him to get what he wants. And I don't deny my son the chance to read something he really enjoys. Anything you read is a chance to learn something, even if the book just teaches you to recognize bad behavior.
So, I was hugely surprised to find myself laughing out loud while reading this book to my son. Rowley is absent from this book and I think that helped. The book focuses entirely on Greg and his family and their misadventures. Greg's mom decides that a road trip is an excellent way to bring the family together. It doesn't exactly turn out as she expected, but they still manage to have quite the adventure.
I don't want to give anything away, but there is a piglet, crazy seagulls, a water park adventure and many funny driving and motel scenes that many of us can relate to. How many of us have been on a family trip and Dad has to take a work call. Everyone in the car is supposed to be quiet.... Very funny scene!!
Any fans of the Wimpy Kid series and even some people who aren't fans. If you like funny family stories where everything that can go wrong does, you will enjoy this book. Think (totally PG) book version of one of the Vacation movies.
I was thrilled that volume 9, The Long Haul, came out so shortly after I read the first eight books, and I quickly picked it up. At first, I was a little disappointed, because the story revolves around a road trip, and that was something that had recently been done in another Wimpy Kid book. Also, the first part of the story is a little sparse in the humor department. Of course, I kept reading, and I'm VERY happy I did.
Turns out, this is one of the funniest, if not THE funniest book in the whole series. In fact, it's one of the funniest books I've ever read. Some of my favorite parts include anything to do with that crazy pig (especially the mini bar incident), Greg's misguided vendetta against the Beardos, the great seagull mishap, Manny's short lived car-jacking, and... well, everything that happens when you cram a family this filled with craziness (and love) into one tight minivan on an ill fated quest for adventure.
Join Greg as the Heffley's take an unexpected road trip. Things go from bad to worse. Manny gets a piglet, wallets are stolen (but not really). Oh how can things get worse?! Oh, car broke down in the woods...
He read the entire thing with no assistance. I am so proud of him. I am also thankful he found a series he enjoys that is written well, yet still simply enough he can read it without a struggle.
It's funny and cute much like the other books in the series and the movies.