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Sunday 1 December 2013

Review: Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

Greg Hefley feels his luck is all bad. His friend Rowley has found a girlfriend and has no time for him anymore. This happening colours everything that follows. But who is going to be his friend now and how does he find a new one?

His search for answers takes an interesting path, for Greg uses the strangest problem-solving techniques. When he discovers something which he believes will give him the answers he’s looking for, nothing works out the way he expects.

Jeff Kinney has brought so many reluctant readers to books (one in my family) and deserves the praise that is showered on him. His characters are crazy yet realistic and believable. Kids relate to the characters’ antics and the things they say in such a way that they could be reading about their friends. I love the sound of laughter that accompanies the turning of page after page till the book ends. And the longing for the next one is like a sugar fix. They just want more.

The language is incredibly clever and there’s always a good resolution to all the problems Greg faces, although perhaps in a more than roundabout way.

Laughter, entertainment and words, then more words, are what you get from the Wimpy Kid for he never stops talking. He passes from one point to another, linking explanations and details together like a never-ending chain. And that means words and language and descriptions, which equates to more reading. Hooray for the Wimpy Kid!

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Author: Jeff Kinney
Publisher: Puffin, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143308089
For ages: 8+
Type: Fiction