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.