Sunday, May 28, 2017

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

Juvenile humor
Well if you're a regular reader of this blog, you knew it was
only a matter of time...
...before I got my hands on another Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.
That's the beauty (some would say curse) of being a reviewer with a
catholic (note small c which means eclectic as opposed to capital C
which signifies answering to the Pope) taste in literature. I am
easily entertained.
I enjoyed my latest visit with the ensemble cast of Jeff
Kinney's creation: Greg Heffly, his maddening brothers and parents,
his eccentric extended family, and the random kids and clueless adults
who populate his middle school. In fact The Ugly Truth is my favorite
volume in the series.
Greg is in for two big changes. He hits the stage where his
school tackles puberty education in their typically inept way. The
low point of it is the assignment to carry an egg around until the
next day to learn how hard caring for a baby is. (You'll never guess
what circumvents his best intentions.). Also his mother goes back to
school. Charged with picking up the slack around the house, the
remaining all male father-sons quartet is not quite up to the task.
Even hiring a maid does not help much.
Don't forget summer vacation is right around the corner. The
Ugly Truth or any of the Wimpy Kid books could make reading a little
more palatable for kids whose summer vaca plans include everything but.
On a personal note, back in April I made up a little counting rhyme,
Five Little Butterflies, to publicize the HOPE Festival. I put it on
a 3" X 5" card and added it to the story time collection at Orono
Public Library. The kids and parents really seem to like it.
A great big shout out goes out to parents who understand the
importance of introducing books early in life and interacting
mindfully with their precious kids with their electronic devices put
away or turned off.
jules hathaway


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