Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #7) by Jeff Kinney

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

Greg Heffley is not willing to be the odd man out.
A dance at Greg's middle school has everyone scrambling to find a partner, and Greg is determined not to be left by the wayside. So he concocts a desperate plan to find someone — anyone! — to go with on the big night.
But Greg's schemes go hilariously awry, and his only option is to attend the dance with his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, and a female classmate as a "group of friends." But the night is long, and anything can happen along the way. Who will arrive at the dance triumphantly, and who will end up being the third wheel?

My thoughts:
My children love these books.  We preordered this one from the Scholastic book order in one of their classes and they got it the day after it was released.  Both of them read the whole book almost immediately.  My daughter read it the first day.  Their school has early dismissal on Wednesday's and she had read the whole thing by the time I came home from work a couple hours later.  I picked it up because I was curious.  We listened to some of the other books in audio form in the car, but I had never picked one of them up to read with the illustrations.

The book read really fast and made me laugh, although not as much as my children did!  As with the other books I have read in the series, Greg knows what he wants, but his way of going about getting his aim never seems to work out quite right.  Middle school can be a really awkward time and Kinney does a very good job of showing it to be that way.  Not knowing how to talk to girls, experiencing pimples for the first time, trying to figure out how dating works, and more dominate the pages of this book along with ways Greg tries to make himself look "cool".  My children all love to read as it is, but I see these books as a plus for children who might be a bit more on the fence about reading.  With all the illustrations you feel like you are speeding through the book which has to be a bit of an ego boost for slower readers.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419705847
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Series:Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series , #7

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