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Book Review: The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney

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Ever wonder what it's like behind the scenes of a movie? The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary not only documents how the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie was made, but really tells the story of how any movies are made from start to finish.

I have never read or seen any of the Wimpy Kid series, but I really got into this book. If you are a fan of Wimpy Kid you will love this book. From creating the storyboard, to choosing the actors, to wrapping up the movie — all of your favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie minutes are here.

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary has a great notebook feel, with original Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawings that act as a narration in the book. You'll enjoy the great color pictures sprinkled throughout sharing behind the scenes tips and tricks all about the film.

Most of the book describes the tricks of the trade on making the movie. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary starts with a section on casting and how they decided to use certain actors. I love the way the Wimpy Kid Gregs are discussed: Jeff Kinney, who wrote the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid books uses a timeline to parallel their two lives, the book version of Greg Heffley to the actor playing Greg, Zachary Gordon. Through casting the filmmakers also asked both actors auditioning for Greg and Rowley's parts, two of the main characters, to do some homework and write journal entries in the voice of their characters; this book shows the journal entries and introduces you to each of the characters in the movie.

I love how the book describes the tricks of changing seasons in the motion picture, filming day at night and vice versa, using twins and using adult stunt doubles to make filming go a lot smoother. After all, "…a whole DAY of filming usually produces only about two MINUTES of a finished movie." That's crazy!

A lot of work is put into each movie and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary was no exception. Read more about how filmmakers used three different schools, created graphic images of the cheese villain, and wrap up the movie with their wrap party.

Part of me wishes every movie had a Movie Companion, okay well maybe not every movie, but I do love how even though I'm not a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan, this book makes me want to see the movie and read the other books.

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