Reviews for Diario de Greg / Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Criticas Reviews 2008 December 15th
Gr 5-8-Greg Heffley has actually been on the scene for more than two years. Created by an online game developer, he has starred in a Web book of the same name on www.funbrain.com since May 2004. This print version is just as engaging. Kinney does a masterful job of making the mundane life of boys on the brink of adolescence way hilarious. Greg is a conflicted soul: he wants to do the right thing, but the constant quest for status and girls seems to undermine his every effort. His attempts to prove his worthiness in the popularity race (he estimates he's currently ranked 52nd or 53rd) are constantly foiled by well-meaning parents, a younger and older brother, and nerdy friends. While Greg is not the most principled protagonist, it is his very obliviousness to his faults that makes him such an appealing hero. Kinney's background as a cartoonist is apparent in this hybrid book that falls somewhere between traditional prose and graphic novel. The print book offers some of the same adventures as the original Web book, but there are enough new subplots to entertain Funbrain followers. This version is more pared down, and the pace moves quickly. This first of three installments is an excellent choice for reluctant readers, but more experienced readers will also find much to enjoy and relate to in one seventh grader's view of the everyday trials and tribulations of middle school. [A smooth translation maintains the flow of the original text. Recommended for school and public libraries, as well as bookstores.--Ed.] Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.