From Amazon: Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into a new year and a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving. Desperate to prove his new found maturity, which only going up a grade can bring, Greg is happy to have his not-quite-so-cool sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's popularity to his own advantage. Recorded in his diary with comic pictures and his very own words, this test of Greg and Rowley's friendship unfolds with hilarious results.
For some unknown reason, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is one of those books I've always heard about, but never had any interest in. Still, it's never too late to catch up!
Greg is an instantly likeable character, and is trying to navigate his way through adolescence as best he can. He has some hilarious ideas, and though most unfortunately backfire, they're fun to read about all the same. Although Greg's little brother Manny doesn't play a huge part in the story, he's one of my favourite characters. He just looks so cute in the cartoons, and is like a smaller version of Plug from the Beano's Bash Street Kids strip. Plus, he gets my sympathy vote -- I felt really sorry for him when Greg destroyed his tiny snowman.
I love how this book is divided between text and cartoons. The cartoons are well drawn and stylish, and are a great compliment to the story. They illustrate Greg's life in a hilarious and exciting way, and are no doubt part of Diary of a Wimpy Kid's worldwide appeal. I can understand why younger teenage boys love this series, and Jeff Kinney has certainly done well for himself.
This book is like the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series for boys, and while not quite as laugh out loud funny, it's brilliant if you want a quick, entertaining read. I'll definitely be buying the rest of the series, and luckily for me, I'm not too far behind.