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Jan 13 2020

Wrecking ball by Jeff Kinney

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Diary of a wimpy kid book 14. Puffin, 2019, ISBN: 9780143796053. 217p.
(Age: 8+) Signalling hilarious new social lows, the image of a bathroom drain clogged with human hair greets readers of Greg Heffley's 14th lined journal. Indeed, plumbing and home improvement themes are pervasive AFTER Greg deals with his 'collection' of junk, holds a garage sale, designs HIS dream house, contemplates the elusiveness of fame and most surprisingly extolls the usefulness of childrens' books for bibliotherapy.
Greg's main Spring misadventure begins with his family missing his Great Aunt Ruth's funeral. Nevertheless, his mother inherits enough money to renovate their house. Nothing goes to plan. The workmen and their messes are upsetting the neighbours MORE than Greg's fear of the grout monster, school or life in general. A serious construction error means they decide to move to a new neighbourhood. Sidekick Rawley is miserable but of course Mum, Dad, Rodrick and Manny feature prominently in endless accidents, emergencies and misunderstandings . . . oh, and Becky is still playing hard to get.
The neverending twists and turns in Wimpy Kid's daydreams and misadventures include the cascading impact of not wanting the workmen using the toilet, which makes Greg trigger a smoke alarm, which forces Manny to jettison his soft toys out the window onto the lawn so he can leap for dear life! Fans of Wimpy Kid certainly won't be disappointed in a new season of maniacal menace from America's favourite stick boy. Follow the thread about the book tour and other brand news on Jeff Kinney's website.
Deborah Robins

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