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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

More funny antics, clueless behavior in 3rd installment.

Book Jeff Kinney Humor 2009
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Diary of a wimpy kid: The last staw

In my opinion I think this book is a really good book because it expresses the failures and benefits of being in a middle schooler's mind that happens to be very clumsy. The conflict in this story is Greg against his surrounding . He struggles with himself because he plans to ask out his crush while his surrounding is at an ice rink but unfortunate Greg does not know how to ice skate and to get to his crush he has to ice skate to her. In my opinion I think the theme is to be determine and strong because since can't fix his wimpy ways he ends up trying going around it so the theme is always try your best to do something if you can't do something a certain way than try another way. I would recommend this book because it is entertaining to read about how Greg deals with conflict and treats it like when he had to get to the other side of a rink but couldn't skate he decided he should butt-scoot the way there which was hilarious because that was the way he solved the conflict.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (85):

There are two ways to look at this story and, indeed, the whole series: One is that it's a humorous, short, easy-to-read book that appeals to reluctant readers, and all of that is true. It's the illustrations that make it particularly funny -- simple b&w cartoons that are so brilliantly done that they convey both the characters as well as Greg the narrator's attitude towards them, and yet somehow still remain believable as a kid's drawings. Along with that comes text that always ensures that the reader knows more than Greg and can have the uh-oh pleasure of anticipating what is going to go wrong.

The other way to look at it is that the story is basically The Three Stooges without the nasty violence, or perhaps an extended version of America's Funniest Home Videos. Every single character, major or minor, adult or child (including, especially, the narrator, Greg), is pretty clueless, often devious and mean as well, and much of the humor derives from watching them get humiliated. There's no real plot, no character growth, no lessons, just the dubious pleasure of feeling superior to these characters. So if your kids like it, fine; it probably does no harm. But as to the argument that we need books like this to entice reluctant readers to read, one can hope that J. K. Rowling has forever dispelled that notion.

Book Details

  • Author: Jeff Kinney
  • Illustrator: Jeff Kinney
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: January 13, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: July 19, 2018

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