DIARY OF AN AWESOME FRIENDLY KID by Jeff Kinney

DIARY OF AN AWESOME FRIENDLY KID

Rowley Jefferson's Journal
From the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series
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Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The wimpy kid’s best friend tells his side of the story.

After 13 volumes documenting events from Greg Heffley’s perspective, Rowley Jefferson takes a turn. The result is oddly refreshing: Greg’s unreliable narration gives readers plenty to chuckle at, but Rowley’s brutal honesty supplies fans of the series an unblinking look at their favorite protagonist. Greg’s jerk-y behavior that always lurked beneath the surface emerges fully here, coming dangerously close to ruining the character. Kinney uses this perspective shift to explore Greg’s behavior from the outside but through the eyes of his best friend, and that distinction is important. Rowley has cleareyed faith in his friend despite his father’s disapproval and nudges to make a better one. This faith is tested during a difficult sleepover and an exasperating study session but rewarded in the end. The Wimpy Kid books have never been heavy on plot, instead emphasizing character and gags. The gags in this volume are serviceable, but the character work is terrific. The fact that Kinney can expose new facets of his characters this deep into the series is a credit to the property. Underneath the marketing, the movies, the bookmarks, and the merchandise, the Wimpy Kid books are about a couple of pals figuring themselves out.

A pleasant twist on a sturdy franchise. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)

Pub Date: April 9th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4197-4027-5
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2019




Kirkus Interview
Jeff Kinney
author of THE LONG HAUL
November 12, 2014

A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun…unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys of Jeff Kinney’s famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget. We talk to Kinney on Kirkus TV this week about the wild success of the Wimpy Kid books and his latest in the series, The Long Haul. View video >

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