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Because The Girl (age 11) is doing so well in school, we treated her to the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book when it was released on Nov. 15.  It took her only a couple of hours to devour this one, and now she’s already waiting for the next installment in the series.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Cabin Fever is the 6th book in the series, and her favorite so far.

Greg Heffley is in big trouble.  School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect.  But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent.  Or at least sort of.

The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors.  Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?  (publisher’s summary)

Imagine being trapped in your house with your mom, whose glasses break and is pretty much blind without them, your older brother, who terrorizes you at every moment and you have to share a room with him, and your little brother, who needs his mustard put on his hot dog just so or he throws a fit.  Well, you get all that and more in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever.

I loved this book!  My favorite parts were Manny and the hot dog because Greg couldn’t get the mustard right and how they undecorated the Christmas tree because Manny wanted to be the first one to hang an ornament.  I loved this book so much I read it in a day!  I would give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to everyone if you want to laugh your pants off.

I recommend you read the first book before this one if you want to know more about the characters.  This was my favorite in the series because it’s the funniest.  So go read it!

Disclosure: I purchased The Girl’s copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. I am an IndieBound affiliate and an Amazon associate.

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On Saturday, as promised, I took The Girl to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  She absolutely loves Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (click here to read our review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), and she was so excited when she found out one of her favorite books would be on the big screen.  The Girl and I were both curious how “a novel in cartoons” would be transformed into a non-animated movie, and I’m happy to say it was done quite well.

Like the book of the same name, Diary of a Wimpy Kid focuses on Greg Heffley as he enters middle school.  He wants to be popular, but despite trying his hardest, he gets beat by a girl in wrestling and is forced to sit on the floor and eat his lunch because no one will let him sit at their table.  His endearing best friend, Rowley, doesn’t help matters by dressing like Greg and asking him loudly if he wants to come over after school “to play.”  Packed with hilarious moments — from playing a tree in the school play to a sleepover with the disgusting Fregley — Greg’s antics had us laughing from the very beginning.  But there are some serious moments in the film, when Greg’s quest to be in the class favorites section of the yearbook jeopardizes his friendship with Rowley.

I thought the move from book to movie was seamless, as the cartoons in the book are brought to life in animated sequences and Greg is shown writing in the diary.  I haven’t read the book and I’m much older than the target audience, but that didn’t stop me from really enjoying the movie.  We don’t usually go to the movies because it can get pricey, and I was relieved when I walked out of the theater and didn’t regret spending money to see it.

I know you’re all waiting to hear The Girl’s (age 9) thoughts on the movie, especially since she’s read the book, so here you go:

Did you like the movie?

Yes.  It was very funny.

Do you think they did a good job turning the book into a movie?  Was the movie much different than the book?

Yes they did a good job.  The movie was just like the book, and they brought the drawings in the book into the movie by showing Greg writing the diary.

A lot of the movie was the same as the book, like the “cheese touch,“ but some of it was different, like when Greg tries out for the Wizard of Oz and is offered the part of Dorothy.

Do you think they did a good job choosing real people to play the parts of characters you knew only as drawings in a book?

Yes.  And I like how they showed each actor with the drawing of the character they play from the book.

Any last thoughts on the movie?

I want you to buy the DVD when it comes out.  I think they should make the rest of the books into movies, too.  I think anyone who loves the book like I do should go see the movie.  They did a good job showing the importance of friendship.  And my favorite part of the movie was when Rowley showed up at Greg’s house on Halloween wearing a blinking light so he can be seen in the dark and Rodrick [Greg’s older brother] tells them a scary story about kids being eaten.

Did any of you see the movie yet?  If so, tell us what you thought of it in the comments!

Disclosure: We forked over my hard-earned cash to see the movie.  The Girl received the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid as a gift.  I am an Amazon associate.

© 2010 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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The Girl (age 9) loves Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has all the books, and even waited in line for about 2 hours at the National Book Festival to meet him and have her books signed.  So when the fourth book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days, was released in October, she bought a copy right away.  In fact, she saved a gift card she received for her birthday back in July solely for this purpose.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days was my introduction to the series, and I probably wouldn’t have read it had The Girl not fallen ill and wanted me to read to her.  But I was sucked in from the first page, and in less than an hour, we’d blown through 90 pages of the 217-page book.  It helps that it’s written like a diary with cartoon drawings, but it’s also very funny.

Here’s the gist:  Nothing seems to go Greg Heffley’s way.  The summer arrives, and he plans to spend it in his room playing video games with the curtains drawn.  But his mother (thankfully) has other plans.

The Girl asked me if we could do this review a little differently, sort of like an interview.  So here goes:

The Girl:  What was your favorite part of the story?

Me:  When Greg has to pay his friend Rowley’s father back, and he decides to start a lawn care business.  The advertisements in which he superimposes his and Rowley’s faces on the bodies of burly construction workers were hilarious.

The Girl:  Who was your favorite character?

Me:  I thought Greg was pretty funny, but he doesn’t always make the right choices, as we discussed.  Since the story is written from Greg’s point of view, and he tends to focus mainly on himself, you don’t get to know the other characters really well.

The Girl:  What do you think this book teaches kids?

Me:  Well, I hope they’d see that the choices Greg makes typically are bad ones.  While the events that occur are supposed to be funny, and they are, you really wouldn’t want kids trying to act like Greg Heffley.  But it’s fiction.  I mean, how many kids Greg’s age really think their parents would try to sell them and then call the police on them?  It’s purely entertainment.

What was your favorite part of the book?

The Girl:  When Greg and Rowley were under the boardwalk and sticking a dollar bill through the wooden planks and pulling it back before people could grab it.

Me:  Is this your favorite book in the series?

The Girl:  Yes.  I thought it was the funniest.

Me:  Do you think Greg is a good role model?

The Girl: No.  He disobeys his parents and causes trouble.  He called the police on his father for no reason.

Me:  Why do you think the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are so popular?

The Girl:  The stories and the cartoon illustrations are funny.  Jeff Kinney has a way of telling a story that grabs your attention and is easy to understand.

Me:  Last question.  Do you identify in any with Greg Heffley?

The Girl:  No.  I never disobey my parents.

Me:  HA!  HA!  HA!  You certainly have a sense of humor.

Well, there you have it.  In a nutshell, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days is a fun book for middle grade readers, and even grownups will get a laugh out of it.  In fact, I’ve borrowed the other three books from The Girl, and I hope to read them when I’m in the mood for some light reading.

Have any of you shared these books with your children?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Disclosure:  We purchased our copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days. I am an Amazon associate.

© 2009 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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