Dog Days
by Kinney, Jeff

The latest addition to the series which includes Rodrick Rules and The Last Straw reveals more of the hazards of growing up before you're ready through the words and drawings in Greg Heffley's diary. $500,000 ad/promo.

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and the Awesome Friendly Kid series. He is a six-time Nickelodeon Kids&; Choice Award winner for Favorite Book and has been named one of Time magazine&;s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England, where he and his wife own a bookstore named An Unlikely Story.

Early in this hilarious what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation account, Greg Heffley cynically records his clueless mother's promise that despite tight budgets, it would still be "the best summer ever." Boy, was she wrong! Instead, the summer brings a long list of miseries: the anxiety-provoking shower at the public pool, a falling-out between Greg and his best friend, and, worst of all, "family togetherness." Now and then, Greg stumbles across some good times, but they involve things that many middle-school guys would never admit enjoying, such as tabloids, beauty parlors, and soap operas. Kinney weaves in some real-life ironies: Greg, star of one of the best-selling kids' book series in publication, declares, "Anything that doesn't involve reading sounds pretty good to me"; he is bummed that he is not yet a reality-TV star (a real-life blockbuster movie is in the works); and he unsuccessfully attempts to become a cartoonist, which is how Kinney got his start. These nods to reality add humor and depth to this title, consistent in style and substance with previous series entries, which fans new and old will savor. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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