Review Blog

Jan 07 2013

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

cover image

Puffin, 2012. ISBN 9780143307334.
The life of Greg Heffley becomes complicated when a Valentine's Day dance is organized for the middle school. He doesn't want to be the only one without a partner because that would look really uncool. Greg becomes preoccupied with ways to make himself seem more attractive, but there are more boys than girls in his class and the competition is fierce. Uncle Gary tries to dispense some helpful advice but Mum seems intent on humiliating him in front of classmates. Greg and his best mate Rowley decide to accompany Abigail to the dance as a group date but Greg is secretly confident she will be his partner before the night is out.
This is one of a popular series for upper primary children, written in a warm, easy to read style. Every page has entertaining illustrations that break up the text making reading a less daunting experience for the reluctant reader. Children will be able to relate to the dilemmas Greg finds himself in but best of all, they will laugh out loud at his witty asides and observations.
Tina Cain

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Branford Boase Award longlist 2020
Printz Award 2020
Newbery Medal 2020
Caldecott Medal 2020
Best Fiction for Young Adults List 2020
Costa Children's Book Award 2019

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Children's Laureate's charter
Free Rights of the Reader Poster