I really like this book because it is a very funny, entertaining quick read for kids and, in my opinion, adults too. I really liked the comics in this book because they help to bring the characters to life and provide a interesting glimpse into the mind of a middle school student. Honestly, I really liked everything about the book. There is nothing that really disliked about the book or would want to change. I absolutely love this series because it's so funny and it also gives me an excuse to have little mini book club sessions with my nine year old nephew. I made connections throughout this book when I read. Three examples are listed below.
A. When I was in middle school, I was a lot like Greg. I was constantly worried about the way things would affect my popularity at school. Also, I had an older sister that was a lot like Rodrick. She loved to make my life as difficult as possible. She always thought of me as her annoying little sister.
B. In the book, Rowley gets a new journal with a lock. Greg buys the same journal so that he can use the key to open Rowley's journal and read what he has written. I did the very same thing to my cousin, Haley, when we were kids. For Christmas she had gotten a new Secret Diary and I had used the key from my Secret Diary to pick the lock and read her diary.
C. In the book there is a part where Greg recalls a time when his mother pretended that she couldn't see Greg under the table. She walks around calling out, "Greg. Has anyone seen Gregory?" I really connected with this part because I used to play that game with my nephew when he was little. I would pretend I couldn't see him until he revealed himself and came out giggling.
This book could easily be brought into my future classroom. As a middle school educator my students could relate to this book because it discusses several issues that adolescence go through in middle school. In the Middle Level Education program we are not only taught how to teach our subject area along, we are also taught to be aware and sensitive of the difficulties that children of this age group face. There are many changes that these kids are challenged with in middle school and this book illustrates them perfectly with positive messages throughout. Since this book is not really about Science, I could have the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in my classroom library so that they could have access to it in their free time. If they wanted to, they could check it out. Also, I could read excerpts of it if there were a situation where it would be relevant to something going on at school or in my class....Continua
1. I liked that this book related to the middle level age of students. I am a middle level education major, and this book really nailed it on how the social pressure affects many kids.
2. I disliked how the book portrayed the father. In parts of the book, the author made the father out to be dumb. Most parents are not that dumb. It almost takes away from the fact that Greg is struggling at school and at home. Kids at that age are also trying to figure out where they stand at home. It seems to only focus on the school part, which is OK; however, I would have liked to see Greg's dad be a little bit more authoritative, which would have been a little more realistic.
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was easy to make connections to. When I was in middle school, I had an older sister that was in high school. It was a very similar situation to the main character, Greg, in the book. My twin sister and I would always look through her stuff and try to figure out what we had to do to "be cool." She thought we were stupid and was mean to us. When I was reading the book, I couldn't help but think about close the relationship between Greg and his brother resembled the relationship between my sister and I.
Another connection I made to the book was the pressure that Greg felt to fit in socially. Middle school is such a hard time in any kid's life. Things are changing physically and emotionally. I remember not liking the same kids I had grown up with because I thought that they had "changed." Some tried to act like they were better than everyone; some were mean; and some were just behind everyone else. It was hard to find a place to fit in.
Another connection I made to the book was the idea of the "cheese touch." When I was vacationing last summer, my younger cousin kept giving everyone the cheese touch. The only way to protect yourself was to keep your fingers crossed. For some reason, I played along because I didn't want the cheese touch either. I actually got him once and he cried. It reminded me that kids at that age take stuff so seriously. What difference did it make if he had the "cheese touch?" This was before I had read the book and looking back, I can see why he was so upset that he had it for a slip second.
4. Once way I could integrate this into my classroom is to discuss the social pressure that students are facing. As teachers, it is our job to also teach respect and morals. It would be an awesome whole class read that we could discuss daily as a class. I picture us sitting around talking about the social pressure that Greg is feeling and how it relates to the way everyone else is feeling. I think that every single middle school student out there could make some connection to the book. I would like the make this part of our classroom read and have students write a short essay on how it connects to their experience in middle school....Continua
My son wanted to first one and so I bought it, since then we both are hooked into the series. I always read have to read the book first because I read much faster :)