Has anyone read these Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney? If not, you should. They are HILARIOUS! I know, I’m as shocked as any of you, but it’s true. And they are written well, too. I mean, aimed at a much younger audience, but still appreciably funny for an adult reader, especially (but not exclusively) if you have kids.
We picked it up for my six-year-old son, because he really wanted to read it. He loves to read, and reads well, but he finished this whole 200+ book in like a day and a half. Even for him, this indicated above-normal levels of attention and interest. I had to see what the fuss was about.
And I’m glad I did. While I will admit that some of the humor was a little bit more crude than anything I would want my six-year-old repeating (out loud, in public), I appreciate that it approaches him on his level, with what kids really think is funny.
And I’m glad that it gives us an opportunity to talk about books and what we like and why we like it. It is still a couple of years before I can share all of my favorites with him, but sharing and talking about literature was one of my favorite things to do with my dad growing up. He was the one who first turned me onto Hemingway, Salinger, Heller, Rand, Follett, Frankl, and many, many others. And long before I otherwise would have encountered them on my own. He and I still talk about books (a little shyly, still, as I think, even as adults, we are hesitant to reveal all that we are really reading, and what we really think about it; some things/relationships never change). But I am excited, if a little intimidated, to have these same interactions with my own son.
If you haven’t read the books, and especially if you have kids anywhere in the 6 to teenage range, I would highly recommend them. They are fresh, funny, and reminiscent of those awkward middle-school years. Good times! Check it out!