Friday, May 30, 2008


Author: Jeff Kinney
Genre: Children
Published: 2007
Personal Rating: 2.5/5
Yearly Count: 73

Greg Heffley's mother requires Greg to write journal entries throughout his first year in middle school. With terrific illustrations and Greg's language, we are taken on a bumpy ride - otherwise known as preteen angst.

This one is difficult to rate. I'm not a fan of promoting mean, manipulative behavior and that's what Greg is all about. While his antics are somewhat humorous (grins from me, not laughter), they have such a negative undertone that they are not appealing. Even though I'm ending on a below middle of the road rating, I will pick up the next one in this series. Maybe Greg will learn some humility or just plain kindness; however, I'm not holding my breath.


  1. Oh, good timing. I was considering buying this for my son. But you know, I really don't think this is something I want him to read. Thanks, Joy!

  2. Debi ~ Wise move!

  3. I think it's sad when all the best selling books for kids have the main characters misbehaving or acting mean or manipulative. It's too bad!

  4. Anonymous8:58 AM

    I have been thinking about reading this book, yes me, not the kids. Whenever a kid's book hits the B/S list, I wanna see what the fuss is about.

    I am really, really sad to read this review. I agree with Rebecca above. :(

  5. Rebecca ~ I know! What is up with that?

    J. Kaye ~ There are many reviews that are 100% positive - thinking it's extremely funny, so you'll have to judge for yourself. It's a quick read, go for it! :)

  6. Too bad! I recently saw that this is at the top of the bestseller list.

  7. Trish ~ I know! Most people think it's hilarious - I don't. Sometimes you just can't help but laugh (or grin in my case) at some behavior, I get that. I just don't like to support or encourage inappropriate behavior. Now, yes, he's a kid, but what is he teaching other kids that read it. BLAH.

  8. Thanks for the review. My son just ordered this from his book order. I let him, but I wasn't sure. It seems to be pretty popular at his elementary school. I will be sure to read it with him. Perhaps it could promote some good discussions.

  9. Holly ~ Oh, what do I say? I actually just had a very long comment typed out for you and deleted it. I have now done that twice.

    I'm going to leave it at this - I would suggestion you read it before your son does and plan how you will discuss it when you read it together IF you feel the need to do so. You may love it and wonder what in the world was she concerned about. It has happened before. :)


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