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The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) Hardcover – November 13, 2012

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Book 7 of 10 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

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In this seventh entry in the best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley continues to document his rites (and wrongs) of passage, this time by reflecting back on traumatic times before tweendom. By the time his account makes it from prenatal read-alouds to the present day, it’s clear Greg hasn’t evolved much over the years. His fans, however, will love and relate to him just the way he is—after all, who hasn’t had an imaginary friend, suffered embarrassing relatives, gotten lost in a corn maze, been forced to babysit against their will, survived take-your-kid-to-work day, been made to merengue in gym class, mistaken a zit for the chicken pox, or tried to find a date to a Valentine’s dance? What’s also unchanged, as Greg deals with these complications, is the book’s iconic visual style and spot-on hilarity. Although Master Heffley complains that he has no idea “what a guy needs to do to impress a girl these days,” his author sure knows exactly how to make readers of all stripes ecstatic. --Andrew Medlar

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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 Big Issue --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419705849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419705847
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,041 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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OK, I have a 10 year old daughter and a 14 year old son. My experience with the series is limited to the movies and flipping through a few pages. Here is our experience with the book, "Third Wheel."

The moment the book arrived I had to break up a minor fight over who got the book first. We went to a 15 minute oven timer to determine turns. After an hour my son relented to my daughter. She read the book, cover to cover, in the first night. She reports it is the best book in the series.

My son took two days to read it. He generally would rather read sports magazines, but thoroughly enjoyed the book. He rates it as solid in the series, but not the best one ever (unlike my daughter).

Well spent money. If you know the series I'm sure you know what you are getting. From a Dad's perspective I like it WAAAY better than the Dork Diaries (not quite as snotty).

Enjoy!
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A great read. It's well written and I plowed through it in one sitting. I could not put it down. I laughed, I cried, I smiled, and I pondered throughout the entire book. You know you just finished reading something great when you get towards the end and you start to panic because you don't want it to end. I thought all the characters were well flushed out and added something interesting to the story. I don't know how I can write a review without giving away the plot, so all I can say you need to read this. You won't regret it.
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Overall, a pretty good book. At some points in the story, it gets a bit too boring, and it can get a bit repetitive. I would recommend other Diary of a Wimpy Kid books instead of this one, though it is still a pretty good book. It doesn't have the "action" like tone that the ninth book has, though, like I said, it is still a good book.
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If you are already familiar with Diary of a Wimpy kid, you probably don’t need my review of this particular book because (honestly) it is just move of the same. If the quality has gone down between the books, my son hasn’t notices, and to me his continued interest is the most important thing. I suppose it would be best to start with book one, but my guess is that you could jump in anywhere without really missing anything. The books don’t seem to build on each other all that much.

In terms of the entire series, although the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books wouldn’t be my first choice in terms of literature, I give them 5 stars because my son absolutely loves them (has read them over and over again) and they are better and more educational than the Captain Underpants books that I used Diary of a Wimpy Kid books to wean him off. They expose young kids to somewhat sophisticated content and Vocabulary, and they get kids to enjoy reading. I also feel that they form a better bridge to more traditional books than a lot of the similar-styled alternative that are available.

One criticism I have is that (as I mentioned earlier) these books tend to lack any sort of story arc. The movies (if you are familiar with them) shifted events around to provide a story line and moral, but to me these books read more or less like just a bunch of events that happened, but since my kid thinks they are funny and keeps reading them I am fine with this. There is also the criticism that other people have made that the main character seems a little amoral, that he doesn’t make good choices and he doesn’t seem to recognize why some of his actions are bad or inappropriate.
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By Yours on September 16, 2013
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This book can be split into two sections:the first 50 pages cover Greg's early-early childhood (pre-diary) and then the rest of the book is about school, girls, and a dance.

Greg Heffley has been increasingly more interested in girls as the series progresses, but he often quits his pursuit early. 'The Third Wheel' shows Greg as more focused and eager in his attempts to woo. Greg is even a bit more considerate of others although he still does things that also yield personal benefit.

The first portion was kind of funny but I didn't care for story-line. The second half was better and more cohesive but not as humorous.

I hate to critique these books. I really do like them but personally this one falls flat in many areas in contrast to the previous books.
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As a school librarian, I love the Diary of a Wimpy kid series. They are funny, and the kids want to read them over and over, which is awesome. I was eager to read the newest edition, especially since I knew it would be about a school dance. I know Greg is in middle school, but fans of the books are as young as first grade. I wanted to see how the topic was handled, but I should have known the dance would be more about Greg's mishaps than romance.

Although it's not the best book in the series, I still enjoyed the latest Greg drama--getting locked in the laundry room while babysitting, having his mom come to school to make him take off his jacket, and even Greg getting kicked out of kindergarten. And that's all before the senior citizens crash the dance. Each situation is humorously written, and fans will enjoy getting to know a little bit of Greg's past while seeing him worm his way out of his current predicament.

I've read some reviews that mention the topics jump around, and while I thought the beginning of the book that compared Greg's childhood to Manny's was a little long, I thought Kinney tied the ending back to the beginning, which was a nice touch and great conclusion to the story.

Fans of the story, both young and old, will enjoy this latest book.
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