Friday, October 3, 2014

Books for Kids Who Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

It is amazing to me how many parents still ask me to recommend books after their kids have finished the Wimpy Kid series.  This series has sparked so many new entrants to this genre that you can't go into a book store without tripping over "illustrated novels."

But I do love how it has become a vehicle to get kids excited about reading.  And in an effort to keep the tide going for their kids, parents are clamoring for more "like type" books.  Well fear not, they are available in abundance!

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Title:       My Life as a Joke

Author:  Janet Tashjian

Target:   Grades 3-6

Series:    Yes

What this book is about: 
Derek Fallon is having some trouble in middle school.  In an effort to be more mature, he volunteers to be his school’s representative for the local toy drive, but he gets assigned to collect dolls.  No good deed goes unpunished!  Add passing out in science class and getting a fat lip when he has to present during assembly, and this year is not shaping up so well.  Perhaps the collectible doll they find during the toy collection will turn things around for Derek?  Well, maybe not!

Why I love this book:
This series has been a nice addition to the Wimpy Kid genre.  Acknowleging that Derek doesn’t like to read, the book is written to be less intimidating for reluctant readers.  Difficult vocabulary words have cartoon definitions along the margins, and they are done by the author’s son so they are humorous, making the words not at all tedious.

I find these books to be a quick fun read that have nice life lessons and plenty of laugh out loud moments.

Who this book is for: 
Great for most kids who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  You do not have to read them in order so pick up the one that looks the most interesting.  The text is large and not overwhelming so struggling readers should not feel intimidated by this book.

Final thoughts:
The next book is called My Life as a Gamer.  I have a feeling that one will speak to a lot of kids.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: My Life as a Joke (The My Life series)  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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