Sunday, December 20, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Rodrick Rules - Jeff Kinney

Summary: Whatever you do, don't ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn't want to talk about it.
As Greg enters the new school year, he's eager to put the past three months behind him...and one event in particular.

Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out...especially when a diary is involved. (Summary from back of the book and image from Powells.com)

My Review: Greg's relationship with his older brother Rodrick is caustic to say the least. His parents don't seem to have a clue where their bias lies, nor does Greg do a very good job of explaining his perspective. It's another quick read, but I have to say that I find them frustrating on a communication level. Maybe that's supposed to make them funny. I'm not sure. It just feels inane to me that the entire family has such issues with treating each other decently, fairly, or even just kind. Is this really what the American family has become? If so, I'm not impressed. I know middle school students might find this accurate, but only because of a distorted view of the world that is the tween years. This could be just my taste in humor--which obviously doesn't mesh with the Wimpy Kid series.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Sum it up: A lot of build up for a rather weak embarrassing moment.

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