You know how there are some books that really have no age limits? Well, in my opinion, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney fits the bill. Kinney’s books may be stocked in the kid section of the bookstore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t shop there if you are not a kid.
I will be the first to admit that I am a HUGE Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan. My obsession started when I bought a copy for my son. Then somehow or other I was enticed into reading it and it was all over from there. I know that the new books usually come out in November and am at the bookstore to get my copy the day they put them on the shelves. Last year, I was even one of the first so many customers to purchase one and got a hat to go along with it!
Perhaps one of the reasons I am so drawn to this series is that they are written by someone of a similar age to myself (Kinney was born in 1971) and I can totally relate to the school scenes created with the main character Greg Heffley. Also, is the fact that the books are so darn funny. They are laugh out loud funny. They are can’t put them down but need to ration them because the next one will not come out for another year funny.
The books are written in a comic book / diary format. They come in hard cover only. Basically they are about Greg Heffley and his family and Greg’s best friend Rowely and his parents. There are other kids in the neighborhood and at school. Greg and Rowely do not always have the best of luck which makes for some funny scenes. Some of the books also take place on family vacations. Of course, they are loaded with lessons to be learned by the mistakes the characters make.
So come November, I will be counting down the days until the next book comes out to see what Greg and Rowely are up to now. If you are timid about purchasing a children’s book for yourself, say it’s for your kids. No kids? Maybe it’s for your nephew…niece…you get the point. See you in line!