review: “diary of a wimpy kid — dog days” February 17, 2010Posted by Katie in reviews.
Tags: dewey's 24 readathon, for tweens, realistic fiction, series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid — Dog Days by Jeff Kinney.
Amulet // Hardcover // 224 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.
Greg Heffley is back for a fourth installment of the very popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series. But for the first time, school’s out for the summer and so are Greg and his friends. Of course, Greg wants to spend his summer hanging out at home playing video games. But his mother has ideas of her own about how Greg should spend his summer — with his family.
I think we might be losing steam with this series. When I finished the third volume “The Last Straw,” I immediately shared it with co-workers to read. When I finished “Dog Days,” I closed the book and wasn’t too thrilled with it. Months later, I can’t remember a single stand-out scene. (And I absolutely remember the Shel Silverstein moment in “The Last Straw.”)
Still, I don’t think this is a bad series by any means — this is one of my favorite recommends for reluctant readers and especially for reluctant boys. A great read for tweens and public libraries should definitely stock up on copies. (We have three of each book and they are never on the shelf!)
The movie adaptation will be coming out on March 19th and already my kids and tweens are talking my ear off about what they want to see on the big screen. Expect a run on the books when the movie hits theatres.