I came across the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid while skimming through rows and rows of bookshelves at my local bookstore, hoping that a book would call onto me. I’ve been trying for almost an hour to no avail. It was when I was close to stepping out when I saw it at a corner, close to the Customer Service desk.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid chronicles the life of Greg Heffley on his first year in middle school. Unlike any other lead, Greg is no hero. He actually has things upside down when it comes to dealing with kids in his school and family. He’s not so bad, just the usual type that’s trying to figure out things by himself. Any kid can easily end up clueless being a middle child and stuck in school with students who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. He loosely recalls his days with short description on how he saw it unfold, using his journal via narration and caricatures. With a deadpan humour that is reminiscent of our younger years, it allows us to appreciate our goofiness back in the days. To some extent, we’ll be able to relate to the narrator, who is both oblivious and hilarious.
Written by Jeff Kinney, who started his career in computer programming and newspaper designing, the book became an instant hit. He did not aim to publish the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid though, but the opportunity came when he was developing it via Funbrain.com. After receiving numerous raves for his web comic creation, he decided to publish it in five series (this being the first followed by, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw).
One thing’s for sure though, this is a good book that’s relaxed and unpretentious.It somehow reminds me the hilarity of being a kid and how rad we thought we were.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
Written By Jeff Kinney
Published By Amulet Books New York