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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Greg faces puberty's horrors in funny 5th installment.

Book Jeff Kinney Humor 2010
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23):
Kids say (119):

The series isn't as fresh and irreverent as it used to be, but the awkwardness of middle school always offers some laughs -- especially when you throw in hitting puberty. Most of the tales strewn together here are ones kids can relate to or are gearing up to face. Occasionally Kinney misses the mark, though, like when he talks about Greg's uncle's fifth wedding. But overall, kids will be laughing as usual. Seeing Greg decked out in head gear and Rowley showing off his giant zit is pretty funny stuff.

Book Details

  • Author: Jeff Kinney
  • Illustrator: Jeff Kinney
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: November 9, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: July 19, 2018

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