Search Results: "Jeff Kinney"


BOOK REVIEW

CABIN FEVER by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Kinney has built a world that has potential for truly subversive humor and has a fan base willing to go wherever he takes it, but by choosing to play it safe here, he sells both short. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
In a world where "Wimpy Kid-like" has become a shorthand to describe a certain type of book, what is there to say about the sixth volume in the groundbreaking series? Read full book review >

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OLD SCHOOL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Harmless fun that neither rocks the boat nor swings for the fences. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
The Wimpy Kid series marches on. Read full book review >

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THE LONG HAUL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Every kid—and every parent—who's ever suffered through a family road trip will feel as one with Greg. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
You'd think that if anyone would know better, it would be Greg Heffley's mother. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

First volume of a planned three, this edited version of an ongoing online serial records a middle-school everykid's triumphs and (more often) tribulations through the course of a school year. Read full book review >

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THE THIRD WHEEL by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"It's time for the Wimpy Kid machine to grind to a halt. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)"
Greg Heffley, that most profoundly unlikable of antiheroes, is back with another litany of complaints. Read full book review >

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RODRICK RULES by Jeff Kinney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A temporary one, more than likely. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)"
In a second set of entries—of a planned three, all first published in somewhat different form online in installments—slacker diarist Greg starts a new school year. Read full book review >

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COMMENTARII DE INEPTO PUERO by Jeff Kinney
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"For most readers, this effort sits as a curio alongside other Latin versions of modern books, truly delighting only the rare readers who can both navigate the syntax of Latin and giggle at the 'Tactus Casei' ('Cheese Touch'). (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10 & up)"
The Latin version of Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (translated by Vatican Latinist Gallagher), is an exploration of new form rather than new content, much like the Shakespearean version of Star Wars or the Klingon version of Hamlet. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A personal, heart-rending story of struggle and anguish in the face of unconditional love."
Following the untimely death of his adopted African-American son, a father seeks posthumous reconciliation in this affecting collection of personal letters by Gough. Read full book review >

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TOO SOON FOR JEFF by Marilyn Reynolds
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Another candidate for next year's BBYA list. (Fiction. 12+)"
Jeff, almost 18, and Christy, two years younger, have been going together for months. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GAFF by Shan Correa
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"A fascinating look at the United States most mainlanders have never seen. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Although not as tightly crafted as Graham Salisbury's stories, Correa's debut evokes the lush mélange of sights, sounds and smells in 13-year-old Paulie's multicultural neighborhood in Hawaii. Read full book review >

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WHEN JEFF COMES HOME by Catherine Atkins
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Readers will not be able to view incidents of kidnapping and sexual abuse in the same way again. (Fiction. 13+)"
An accomplished, intense, and powerful first novel about what happens when a kidnapped boy is returned to his family. Read full book review >

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FAT BALD JEFF by Leslie Stella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"More convincing as a stand-up comedy routine than a novel, but nonetheless a hilarious send-up of hippies and hipsters."
Newcomer Stella, founder of the Chicago 'zine Lumpen, creates a slacker hell and a disgruntled, wisecracking protagonist who rages successfully against the machine. Read full book review >