Diary Of A Wimpy Kid is about a kid in Middle school, named Greg Heffley, trying to fit in with the the cool kids. All he wants to do all Summer is stay inside playing video games, drinking soda and eating junk food with the curtains closed. On the other hand, his mother wants this Summer to be a joy filled summer.She wants it to be a family filled Summer! Greg has two brothers, Rodrick and Manny. Every morning his dad wakes him very early. In this book Greg also goes to the beach with his frenimie, Rowley Jefferson. They hung out all that summer, Rowley belongs to a country club.
It was hilarious most of the times. Greg Heffley's voice as a youngster entering middle school is quite convincing and genuine. Also, his insecurities and conflicts, dealt with in a humurous tone, are credible and enjoyable. In this first tome, Greg starts 6th grade, has conflicts with his parents, has adventures with his new friend Rowley, runs for school treasurer, has a Halloween adventure, joins a Christmas play, makes a comic strip, becomes a school patroller, and strives often to become a popular student. Greg belongs to the canon of comic strip figures or cartoon characters like Charlie Brown or Bart Simpson. Written in a language which mirrors the way kids speak, but with humor added to it, Mr. Kinney has done a stupendous work at appealing to young audiences.
I bought it precisely because I saw some of my 7th graders reading it, and while I read it I was looking for school material. One may flesh out literary, vocabulary, grammatical, and reading comprehension skills from this text. The language is accessible, there are lots of idioms, funny pictures, and experiences that kids may relate to in one way or another. In sum, they may encourage kids to read.