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Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons by Jeff Kinney is one of those rare novels that captures the imagination with wit, slapstick comedy and a modicum of outright farce. The book was designated as a New York Times Best Seller.

Kinney organizes the book around a daily diary centering on a group of students in middle school. The pictures include cafeteria brawls, a loaded diper (diaper) truck and oversized gifts under the Christmas tree.

The text has all sorts of witty sayings by the students. For instance, middle schoolers are supposed to say “hang out” instead of “play.” In addition, the school distinguishes between gifted and ordinary students by the assigned readings. Gifted students read books like Einstein as a Child; whereas, average students read the easy books like Bink Says Boo. At one point, a student rationalizes a new organization for the middle school. He proposes that grade levels be determined by height and not age.

Kinney presents a farce during Halloween eve when one parent is seen hiding behind the bushes with a trash can filled with water. As soon as the older kids pass by, he jumps out from behind the bushes and drenches the kids.

In another episode, Kinney demonstrates why joining the safety patrol is so popular in school. Ostensibly, students are protected from bullies by being together in small groups. In addition, students on patrol receive a free pass from pre-algebra equal to about half the class period.

In a third, students play the part of a tree in a school play. The reason is to avoid memorizing lines to perform before a large audience. The part proves difficult to play because there are no arm holes on the tree costumes.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an unusual book that turns back the hands of time to the middle school experience. During this stage of life, students are just beginning to experiment with the teen scene. The author captures very realistically the ups and downs of the typical teen with slapstick comedy and wit. The presentation will appeal to students everywhere, as well as parents and teachers.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
  • sQDDWE

    very good