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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney Read by Ramon de Ocampo

by | Jan 15, 2009 | Blog | 4 comments

diaryofawimpykidWARNING this book may be hazardous to your health!!!! This is especially true when standing on your Wii balance board while listening to Diary of a Wimpy Kid on CD. For those of you who don’t know I got a Wii Fit for Christmas.  I have never wanted a video game in my life . . .  but here I am over 30 wanting a video game for Christmas. Anyway I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some exercise in and listen to my new book on CD, which I wouldn’t recommend doing . . . at least with this particular title. I laughed so hard that  I’m pretty sure it ruined my almost new record at Wii hula hooping. Really my Wii Fit has a hula hooping game and I’m hooked.

I taught middle school and I could see so many of my students liking this book. Especially when he describes a middle school as the only place where really short people the size of kindergarteners go to school with other kids who need to shave twice a day. I’m really short and I had several middle school students (always boys) who took great pride in standing next to me so they could tower over a teacher. And if they couldn’t do at the beginning of the year they most certainly could by the end of the year or at least by the time they left middle school.

A Diary of a Wimpy Kid chronicles Greg Heffley who is trying to figure life out and writes his observations down in his diary (aka journal because only girls use diaries). I especially liked the Wizard of Oz musical fiasco although that’s when my attempt to break my personal best at hula hooping ended in laughter and I was six seconds away from breaking my record. Just six seconds . . . oh well the book was worth it.

This is a great light-hearted read so if you looking for a good laugh try Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but please don’t try and exercise at the same time otherwise you just might end up in the hurting yourself. Also I realized after listening to the book that it comes with cartoons. How cool is that? And really how many books with cartoons can you make into an audio book and have it work. I highly recommend this book.

Jeff Kinney’s website Diary of a Wimpy Kid and blog. Check it out the third book was released in January a few days ago.

See what other bloggers are saying:

Natasha Maw says “I highly recommend this book especially if you have a reluctant reader in your household or even if you’re a woman pushing thirty like myself.”

Krystel at Kystel’s Book Blog “One of the true tests of popularity for books is when the holds list reaches 20 or more (due to at least one kid asking for it daily). This book has it, at least in my system.”

A 10 year old guest blogger at Books on the BrainOn the inside, the book looks as if it’s someone’s real writing in a diary or a journal, like they wrote the book with a pen or pencil. There are illustrations that look like doodles and they are really cool.”

So what’s one of your favorite books that makes you laugh?


  1. Beth Fehlbaum

    This book (and its companions) are some of the most popular books in our library and in my classroom library. And, yes, boys are the main readers of the series.

    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience, a story of hope
    Ch. 1 is online!

  2. sheena

    Hi Cari! LOVE your girls’ blog!! Thank you so so much for recommending Shannon Hale!! The library was out of The Goose Girl, but I picked up The Princess Academy and I’m loving it!
    see you tomorrow:)

  3. Suey

    The third one will be at our book fair in a couple of weeks. We are so excited! I know that we better have a huge supply or we’ll have a lot of upset kids!

  4. caribookscoops

    Beth – Glad to hear they are so popular. I am definitely planning on checking out the rest of the series

    Sheena – Thanks for stopping by and glad you are enjoying Princess Academy. Shannon is one of my favorites.

    Suey – Sounds like the third installment will be a hit at your book fair. Good luck with that and I hope you don’t run out of books.



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