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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules; Jeff Kinney

Finished Reading: 11th April 2009
Reviewed By: Liza the Librarian


This is the second book from the latest popular "teen" series called "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". This series has been haunting me for a while (not to mention it has been in my wishlist since it was in the top ten list everywhere I looked). I jumped at the opportunity when I saw it on sale at Best Eastern, Gadong (a local bookstore); to get a copy of it. True to its name, what I've stumbled through the pages of this book, is a written form of a diary. Every chapter is a day to day entry by Greg Heffley, who is often ridiculed by his brother for owning a diary though it is a project provided by his mother, who has made him do a year before. (which refers to the first book).

Greg is the protagonist and also the narrator of the series. He writes down his thoughts and his daily happenings within daily, which either makes you go "aww...." or "o...k" or just plainly makes you laugh. From homework, to girls, school, family and of course everyday odd thing that come along once a while. What tickled me is the way he tries to reason things right for every one of his action, some reasonable and some just absolutely hilarious. For example, his reaction when his mother joined him and his friends in a role-playing game of Magic and Monsters just because his mother is concerned with the "violence" within the game. And when Greg played a trick on one of his classmate where they all pretended he doesn't exist. Then, there's a party hosted by his big brother, Rodrick, when their parents are away, and he was guilt into becoming Rodrick's accomplice.... some what.

To make book more interesting is the way Jeff incorporate comics within every pages, playing the field where pictures could tell a story for itself. There are more to this book where anyone in any age would enjoy. Even the most studborn non-readers would love to finish reading this series.

Things I've enjoyed: Reading on how Greg's mind works. it's a hilarious book that won't slow down in any page.

Things I didn't enjoy: Knowing I started from the second book instead of the first.

Reason for reading: I was curious with all of the hype.

Rating: Pretty high. Ages from 9+

Recommends to: Ages from 9+. There's no offensive words or scenes and it is pretty much an easy book to read.

Publisher: Amulet Books
Date: January 2008
Format: Paperback
Genre: Graphic Novel, Humor
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author Web Site: Jeff Kinney

Product Description:
The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book!

Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.

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.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg's attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.
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