Saturday, March 11, 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

Brought home from the school library by the Kiddo.

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Publisher: Amulet Books (a division of Abrams; series website at
Date: 2011
Writer: Jeff Kinney
Artist: Jeff Kinney

This is the fifth book in this series, with middle schooler Greg Heffley confronting what it means to be growing up. He's getting the special puberty lessons in his health class and his grandmother has set her sights on him for the mysterious "TALK" that she gives all of the males in the family.

And with all of this going on, Greg is starting the school year without the company of his best friend Rowley, as the two of them had a falling out over the summer.

This installment had some pretty funny jokes, including a ridiculous school-sponsored "lock-in" overnight event that managed to make fun of the adults as much as it did the kids. The insights into Greg's extended family were also amusing.

Not much actually happens, though, and the usual gripes that I've had with this series continue to be an issue. Girls aren't treated as real people, and there are not really any likeable characters.

That being said, my son continues to really love this series, and I am appreciative that these books get him excited about reading.

Rating: 6/10

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