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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Funny, milder 12th tale plumbs travel fears on Xmas holiday.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 6+

Very entertaining!

Its very good! Very funny! and Totaly clean!
age 6+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (33):

Kids heading off on their own getaways will enjoy tucking into their travel seats with this funny 12th edition, so long as they're not already afraid of flying. Or maybe if they're just slightly plane-phobic they'll laugh when Greg repeatedly harasses the flight attendants, asking questions such as "What good will a whistle do in a water landing in shark-infested waters?" Overall, The Getaway is milder and is most similar to the other family-travel story in the series, The Long Haul.

When Greg's on a family trip, there's a little less mischief and a little more time spent on everyone's expectations of what a trip should be. Mom is always trying to get the perfect family photo, and there's no such thing. Rodrick is off trying to be a cool teen, and there's no escaping his family. Dad is bent on showing off to everyone what a seasoned traveler he is, and of course it backfires. Drinking tap water was a really bad idea. Manny is a typical toddler. And Greg takes it all in, adding his wimpy attitude to the proceedings. There are a few seconds of the story where Greg realizes just how cool snorkeling is. But in Greg's world, that kind of bliss never lasts.

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