Kids review Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, 'Dork Diaries'

By Haywood County Library | Aug 05, 2013

The following reviews were submitted to the Haywood County Public Library by patrons ages 11 and 12.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, reviewed by Tanner Clark

My book review is on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. There are seven books with an eighth one coming out. These books are by Jeff Kinney. This series is about a kid by the name of Greg Heffley who is going into middle school, but the real action happens at his house.

Greg's oldest brother Rodrick is a real pain. His little baby brother Manny is the tattletale. His mom pushes him into things he doesn't want to do, and his dad doesn't care. Greg says he's going to be rich and famous, and sees himself by the pool at his mansion counting money. By that time, he will be married to the love of his life, Holly Hills, who he goes to school with. There are some bullies at his school, but his real enemy is Patty Farrell. His best friend is Rowley Jefferson. Another friend he knows is Chirag Gupta. The most popular kid in school is Bryce Anderson, and the smartest kid in school is Alex Aruda. Oh, there's also this weird kid Fregley, who can't have sugar. And the craziest things happen.

What I like about this series is it is laugh out loud and there's always a surprise. Also, it's like a comic with doodle-like pictures to tell what's going on.

"Dork Diaries" by Rachel Renee Russell, reviewed by Ashlyn Clark

This book is about a girl named Nikki J. Maxwell who transfers to a new middle school where she doesn't know anyone there, and everyone there worships Mackenzie Hollister — everyone except Nikki, of course, who feels Mackenzie is a pit bull in glittery eye shadow and Jimmy Choo flip-flops.

Nikki eventually makes two friends, Zoey and Chloe, who hate Mackenzie as much as she does. Nikki develops a crush on a boy named Brandon; she crushes Mackenzie in the school art contest with the help of her friends and Nikki's little sister Brianna gets over her fear of the tooth fairy.

I like this book because it's funny and positive. It gives girls a book like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." It's relateable, and it gives girls a head's up about middle school in an entertaining way.