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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Funny stuff for any kid who's ever been awful at a sport.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

go big or go home

this is a good book even if I’m not a big fan of sports I would give this either a 3 and a half or 4 out of 5 in the end when they we’re trying to win a basketball game at a second chance tournament and one of the rival players hurt his foot Greg mum said he could take his place I was a little confused especially when she was booing her own son but it turned out she put him on there team so they’ll lose since he terrible at sports but her plan backfired when he actually scored and won that was a little funny my favourite bit was when Greg was at a football game when he was younger so yeah this was a good book

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Kids who've ever had a terrible season on a terrible sports team, this 16th installment in the Wimpy Kid franchise is for you. Laugh out your frustration along with poor Greg, who can't play basketball for all the world. There's even some trying there, to appease his mom who wants to relive her middle school sports glory days and is pretty transparent about it. Sure, Greg gets up to some of his usual lazy antics, but the amazing thing is that he sticks it out through the whole excruciating season. With his usual downtrodden humor, he observes it all: the massive point spreads, the rivalry fights (players and parents!), the coach pep talks about pride (better than they deserved), and the ball that lands in the urinal during a game -- why does the bathroom door open right onto the basketball court?

Just when you think Greg's miserable season is over, his mom has other ideas: a second-chance tournament for losing teams. Something author Jeff Kinney does very well is set a scene for disaster, and then pile one disaster on top of another to build his climactic action into a state of complete chaos. The tournament takes place in an abandoned prison, for starters. It all goes hilariously wrong from there.

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