Sunday, January 23, 2011
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth
Greg and Rowley are on the outs. Greg is considering his options for new friends, but he has to face the fact that they are few and far between. Christopher Brownfield is more of a summer friend (he's really great for keeping mosquitos away!) and Tyson Sanders has a bathroom habit that's hard overlook.
More is changing in Greg's life than just his body (a fact that he can't avoid thanks to his teacher insisting showers happen after PE and his mother giving him an embarrassing puberty book). His mother has decided to go back to school. Since she is not around so much, Greg, his brothers and father are left to fend for themselves for dinner, cleaning and getting ready for school often to disasterous results, as you can imagine.
One of the best segments in the book happens when the school has a lock-in sleep over. After all of the games and cellphones are confiscated, the fun begins with ice-breaker games, too many chaperones and an incident involving body parts and polaroid cameras!
There were fewer laugh-out-loud moments in this installment, and Greg isn't really growing too much as a character, however, tweens are still eating up the series. The vignette style means that readers generally will recognize their lives in the book somewhere, whether it's having to take care of an egg for health class, being locked in at school for a sleepover, or having a parent who goes back to work. The stories are solidly in tween territory now with issues of friendship, puberty, family and the search for self swirling through the pages.