Synopses & Reviews
The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times
Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.
Whatever you do, don't ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn't want to talk about it.
As Greg enters the new school year, he's eager to put the past three months behind him...and one event in particular.
Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out...especially when a diary is involved.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg's attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.
"Kinney's junior-high diarist returns to chronicle another year's worth of comic moments in this riotous sequel. Once again, school-related drama constitutes a good portion of Greg's subject matter, from an ongoing correspondence with a pen pal ('I'm pretty sure 'aquaintance' doesn't have a 'c' in it. You really need to work on your English,' Greg replies to the French student's polite introduction) to mastering book reports by writing 'exactly what the teacher wants to hear' ('There were a bunch of hard words in this book, but I looked them up in the dictionary so now I know what they mean'). As in the previous book, cartoons form part of the narrative, corroborating (or disproving) Greg's statements. He claims that kids with last names at the start of the alphabet are smartest, and a side-by-side comparison of prim ber-nerd Alex Aruda and gap-toothed Christopher Ziegel drives the point home. Additionally, Kinney fleshes out the often testy relationships between Greg and his slacker older sibling, Rodrick, and his little brother, Manny (when Greg gets mad at Manny for shoving a cookie in his video game system, the toddler protests, 'I'm ownwy thwee!' and offers a ball of tinfoil with toothpicks shoved through to apologize). The hilarious interplay between text and cartoons and the keen familial observations that set Diary of a Wimpy Kid apart are just as evident in this outing, and are just as likely to keep readers in stitches. Ages 8-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This follow-up to the "New York Times" bestselling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" chronicles Greg Heffley'S attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, and to keep his secret safe--especially from his olDer brother Rodrick, who would be happy to spill the beans.
About the Author
Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and five-time Nickelodeon Kidsandrsquo; Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazineandrsquo;s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazineandrsquo;s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, Massachusetts, where he owns a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.