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Not for wimps only March 3, 2008

Posted by sneaks in J fiction, J is for Juvenile.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an unusual book. A combination of cartoons and writing, it’s well beyond your average illustrated chapter book, but it’s not quite a graphic novel. It’s not an adventure novel, there are NO elements of fantasy in it, and the main character, Greg, learns no valuable life lessons. It is funny, and anarchic, and full of farting.

In short, it is a gift from above for 5th grade boys. Luckily for them, there are 5 books planned for the series, and Fox 2000 has just signed on to do a movie. The second book in the series has just come out. Called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, it is more of the same, except blue.

The author, Jeff Kinney, was interviewed in the Baltimore Sun this weekend, and as of this morning, all copies of both books are checked out – with a hold queue.

Click “more” for some read-alike suggestions for a “Wimpy” book display:

Lawn boy by Gary Paulsen

Schooled by Gordon Korman

If a tree falls at lunch period by Gennifer Choldenko

The thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff

Middle school is worse than meatloaf by Jennifer Holm

The homework machine by Dan Gutman

Toby Wheeler, eighth grade benchwarmer by Thatcher Heldring

The true meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

The Stink books by Megan McDonald

books by Jack Gantos 

books by Gina Gershon

the work of Andrew Clements

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