The other way to look at it is that the story is basically The Three Stooges without the nasty violence, or perhaps an extended version of America's Funniest Home Video s. Every single character, major or minor, adult or child including, especially, the narrator, Greg , is pretty clueless, often devious and mean as well, and much of the humor derives from watching them get humiliated.
There's no real plot, no character growth, no lessons, just the dubious pleasure of feeling superior to these characters. So if your kids like it, fine; it probably does no harm. But as to the argument that we need books like this to entice reluctant readers to read, one can hope that J. Rowling has forever dispelled that notion. Families can talk about why we find cluelessness and bad behavior funny. Why, for instance, is the situation depicted on the cover, which anyone would find completely humiliating if it happened to them, funny when it happens to someone else?
Why are these books so popular when none of the characters are anyone you would want to know in real life? Is it realistic?
The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3) by Jeff Kinney
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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LAST STRAW (Book 3)
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More funny antics, clueless behavior in 3rd installment. Jeff Kinney Humor Rate book. Read or buy. Parents recommend Popular with kids. That is until military academy is mentioned, and Greg realises that he's going to have to come up with something very special to get out of this one Full of pictures and giggles, they are the perfect gift, even for reluctant readers. The Meltdown, book 13, was published in October , and was a 1 bestselling book. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time's 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.
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The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 3)
Terms and exclusions apply; find out more from our Returns and Refunds Policy. Plenty of other guys identify with him and enjoy the format of the book with all the cartoons. Funnier than the first two installments, this third book in the series is Jeff Kinney at his comic best. The plot line follows Greg Heffley during the school year; Kinney's illustrations are laugh out loud funny and goofy.
The author has tapped into the middle school brain of a nerdy, wimpy kid. Greg and his best friend Rawley have grand plans for the year--they put together a time capsule and bury it in Rawley's yard. The note on the outside reads: "Do not open until time travel is possible. So much for the time capsule. Greg is now responsible for doing his own laundry, and in typical teen boy style, he decides he has enough clothes to last the entire school year if he wears everything in his closet.
Late in the year, he is running out of clothes, especially underwear! He finally breaks down and wears the last pair--a pair of Wonder Woman underoos that were given to him at Christmas as a gag gift from his Uncle Charlie. Imagine the giggles when Greg's pants fall down and his underoos are exposed to the world! Greg spends every waking moment planning how to say "hi" to a girl he likes.
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He never does get up the nerve, but it's pitifully funny to see him squirm. Greg's dad is on a mission to "de-wimpify" his son and it includes sending Greg to military school. Greg needs a plan and he needs one fast!