Item description for Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Japanese Edition) by Jeff Kinney...
Boys don't keep diaries---or do they?
The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to
It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.
Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, "Just don't expect me to be all 'Dear Diary' this and 'Dear Diary' that." Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won't do and what he actually does are two very different things.
Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Japanese Edition)?
great book ! even adults will like it. Dec 16, 2009
This is a fun to read book - even for adults. You don't have to think too much....just sit back and enjoy reading it.
Diary of a Bullying Kid Dec 15, 2009
The main character in this book, Greg, is not what I expected - he is not a wimpy child that is picked upon by the other students. In many of the episodes related here, Greg is the person who is doing the bullying. Greg torments his younger brother, chases small children with worms, throws apples to disrupt the school play and treats his "friends" shamefully.
In his blog, Jeff Kinney, the author/artist, says that "Greg is self-centered and he can be kind of clueless. I don't think he is a bad kid, necessarily; but like all of us, he has his faults... I think that stories with characters who always do the right thing are a little boring." The problem is that Greg NEVER does the right thing, he IS a bad kid. He is mean, selfish, lazy and pretty stupid too. I kept waiting for the moments of redemption, when he apologized for his actions, or attempted some kind of restitution for his bad behavior. But Greg is unrepentant throughout, Jeff Kinney never lets Greg show the least amount of courage; Greg has no conscience. Greg is impossible to like.
I happen to just finish reading a novel called "The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread" which features another young protagonist, the eleven year old Morris Bird III. Morris is not perfect, he steals, he skips out of class - but Morris DOES have a conscience, he is a real likable character. The contrast between Morris and Greg is dramatic. One boy you can cheer for, the other is a hopeless delinquent.
The only reason I did not give this book a single star is that Kinney has done a marvelous job with his artwork. Using deceptively simple line art, Kinney manages to impart personality and unique facial features on each of his characters. All of the actors are immediately recognizable, its just too bad that none of them are likable.
Try covering up the artwork on a few pages, and just read the words, and you will realize how the drawings make the whole book palatable. If the line art is deleted, and you read the text only, you would realize how awful Greg is. Ugh.
What kind of book is this??? Dec 7, 2009
Diary of a wimpy kid? What kind of book is this???. The words moron, jerk, dork are used all the time. It is all about bully, appearance, and pre-conceive ideas that have to change in the nowadays school. It's so sad that this book is sold by school scholastics paper but hey that explain a lot the school tolerance on bullying. Just plain sad!
Great book for young kids! Nov 29, 2009
We purchased this book for my 10 year old son who does NOT like to read. We were so happy that he liked it so much. He read it in 3 days. My son said the book is funny, he can totally relate to a lot of the things talked about in the book and it is VERY easy to read with short paragraphs. I would definitley recommend this book. I plan on purchasing the whole series for my son.
Can't buy these books fast enough :) Nov 18, 2009
My 9yr old son has been reading and re-reading this entire series since the first book was published. Buy the hardcover -- we had bought him one of the other books in the paperback and ended up purchasing a hardcover edition a few weeks later. The paperback version just didn't survive the love (and abuse).