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Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

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If you've never read the Wimpy Kid series, it's about Greg Heffley, a lazy middle-schooler who is constantly being bullied by his older brother Rodrick. Greg's little brother Manny pesters him and gets away with it. His friend, Rowley, is a weird kid, but always gets it good with the girls while Greg is unpopular with them. Greg strives to become famous but is consistently a failure.

The other three books in the series are Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. Dog Days is the fourth in the series. There is also a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book.

In Dog Days, Greg expects to stay home all summer and do nothing but play video games. His mom urges him to try to get out of the house, but he doesn't buy it because he's learnt from experience.

When he and Rowley go to Rowley's country club, they bring a girl, Trista, along, but then she starts talking to some lifeguard and ignores the people who took her there. One unlucky day, Rowley's dad shows up at Greg's house and expects Greg to pay for all the smoothies he's ordered at the country club. Greg and Rowley start a lawn mowing business. A customer shows up and Greg gives her bad quality lawn mowing. Then his dad comes and finishes the job, but the lady stiffs Greg.

All these unfortunate events and more make him want to stay home for the rest of the summer. But as with all his plans, everything goes exactly the opposite.

I love the characters of Greg, Manny and Rodrick because Manny and Rodrick always pick on Greg, and he manages to turn it into a big show. It makes the book very entertaining. Greg's parents are unique because if they do something that involves any of the brothers they can never do what they planned. Rowley is irritating because he always gets his way.

The book is hugely funny and a great page-turner. You just know that in the next page Greg's going to have an unfortunate event, like when Rodrick tricks him into going off the high platform into the swimming pool. The print is especially funny because it gives you the perspective of a 13-year-old's writing.

If you like a hilarious story about a really dorky teenager and his bummed out life, go read this book.

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Nithin Bagal, 14, is a rising high school freshman. He loves SciFi, fantasy and mystery novels, as well as adventure and science non-fiction. He is an avid swimmer and enjoys movies, music, and hanging out with friends.
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  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    I really enjoyed this review. Greg and the others sound like interesting characters. You really piqued my interest. I will check this book out the next time I am at the library. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  • meme

    I love this book… do you think this would be good for a test?

  • perla

    beno!! muchas gracis!!!

  • isaac

    please rite more books i love them

  • Calvinator

    Cindy, thank you so much. I like it when people read my reviews. I hope you like the book.

  • Allwyn

    I llllllooooovvvveeee Diary of a Wimpy Kid. please make more

  • Alex

    awesome i hope they make a sixth book to this series cuz there awesome!and i just finished the 5th …..!!!!

  • Alex D

    WOW!Hope you fun with the book!Where you talking about:”Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Ugly Truth”,where Greg is in High School? Plus:My name is Alex too!

  • COOLBOY

    so hilarius cant wait till number 6

  • jacolby

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this bok it is veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy funny

  • omar Z yo

    amzing and funny books cant wait to c the rodrick rules movie

  • Georgia<3

    I love this book

  • danielle

    this book rocks make more please!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • olamide o.

    lol i luv this book

  • babe504

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  • babe504

    i know kinda weird emailing twice but:)

  • JJP Puett

    I’ve already read all the books like the 5 and 6 there so funny

  • Sophie

    I would rate it 8 out of 10

    Or ages 7 to adults

  • Anon

    I love this book, i am doing my assignment on this book, i also love cabin fever

  • :)

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  • georgia.

    the way yyhu described this book makes it sound like alot of fun so im going to purtuse thi book.

  • ethan the boy

    This is my favorite book in the series

  • Briones

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  • Birdy

    This was an awesome book! I love the movie too! Write more diary of the wimpy kid! As I said previosly, it was awesome! :)

  • noob

    this book sucks and needs some more details and claims

  • poooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    I wonder who jeff gets his anbelievable ideas from

  • JUSTIN

    WRITE MORE DIARY OF A WIMPY BECAUSE THIS IS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vijeeth

    The best comic forever in the world

  • Spartan

    The verst book ever in the world

  • Sam

    What’s the most important event in the story

  • Emily

    What the theme of the story???

  • susan

    i would rate it 9 out of 10

  • Anonymous

    pfhhhh!
    Bottom!!!!

  • Bella

    this sorta helped me for my summary

  • Tori

    Thanks I loved the summary

  • nandana

    1 out of 10

  • Emily

    Thanks!!! The summary help me a lot.

  • sam

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  • sam

    this summary is really good

  • bummliker5000

    it is brilliant 10/10

  • lllll,l

    its a ok summery

  • jazzy

    cool

  • jazzy

    8/10 or 9/10

  • jazzy

    i love diary of a wimpy kid

  • mdog

    awesome summary man