A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Like the other books, this one is a reminder to kids that keeping a journal is actually kind of cool. In this one, Greg and Rowley also start a local newspaper and try to create their own arcade games. There's also a send-up of sites like Webkinz and MyePets that may make kids think about what they're really getting.
As usual, readers learn the lessons that Greg never seems to get, especially owning up to mistakes and working hard to get what you want instead of always looking for the easy way out.
Positive Role Models
Greg is a magnet for kid trouble and, as always, a funny example of what kids don't want to do. He's a reminder that it's better to own up to mistakes than live in fear of getting found out and that the easy way out isn't the best way to go. His parents mean well but also make some mistakes. Greg's mom makes him stop playing on his computer nonstop and have a friend over. She's also always quietly encouraging Greg's creativity and big ideas, like starting his own paper.
Violence & Scariness
Kids get mildly bullied -- arms twisted and getting chased. Someone slips on ice, and a kid hits another in the rear with a BB gun.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the sixth installment in the extremely popular Wimpy Kid series is the mildest yet. There's almost no violence except for a few barely bullied kids. And a couple of cartoons show Greg in the bathroom with his underwear on. Parents will probably be more concerned with Greg's behavior. As usual, he's not owning up to his mistakes, but he usually pays the price in excessive worry and/or (fair) punishment from his parents or the school. Parents may like the jabs at sites like Webkinz that get kids to hit their parents up for money -- a worthy topic of discussion -- and the safety restrictions at school that are so excessive that all of the playground equipment is removed.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of the Wimpy Kid series could definitely do worse than having CABIN FEVER handy during cold winter weather. Greg's still up to no good in his own cluelessly funny way. Seeing how his family handles being stranded in a snowstorm is the highlight of the book. On the other hand, flashbacks about Greg's strange doll and the president's physical fitness test aren't as engaging and are too big a departure from the main story.
As always, there are reminders that being a kid is so different today. Parents reading along will laugh about the sad state of Greg's playground (all the toys are removed for "safety reasons"), the kids sneaking energy drinks when the school soda machine is removed, and that Greg gets rewarded with cybercash for watching his online pet watch commercials. While the later volumes in this series lack a little punch compared with the early ones, there's still plenty to laugh at and discuss with young readers.
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