A Book That Won’t Make You Smarter

March 13, 2009

I’ve got just the weekend activity for you! It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve shared a must read book with you. I’ve got a very special recommendation today:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons
by: Jeff Kinney

When I started recommending books to you, I never said every book I was going to recommend would be educational, or even religious. While doing some last minute Christmas shopping for my wife, I ran across this book, having never seen it before. Well, my wife and I were both wimpy kids, so I thought it would be fun to read together.

I was right (as always). Although this is technically a young reader’s book, I think it’s probably as much or more fun for adults. It’s a short novel, heavy on the illustrations; the diary (though he would insist it’s a journal) of Greg Heffley, as he gets through a year of junior high. Greg will try to claw his way up the social totem pole (or just stay alive). Greg will contend with his Dad and Mom who always take the side of his big-toothed baby brother. He’ll have to dodge the antics of his big brother Rodrick and his rock band called ‘Loded Diper.’ And he’ll try to spend as much time with his best friend, Rowley, as possible. Rowley has two expressions: slack-jawed shock, or slack-jawed joy.

The fun of this book is the nostalgia you’ll probably feel. Let’s face it. Either you were a wimpy kid, or you knew one. And even if you weren’t, I bet you still felt wimpy sometimes. Read it with your sweetie and you’ll inevitably talk about those wimpy, awkward junior high times before you knew each other, which is bound to be interesting. Like I said, I think it’ll turn out to be more fun for adults.

It’s not a long book. It’ll take a few hours to read, and cost you $10. But hey, you’d spend $18 on two tickets to a two hour movie, so it’s a good deal, entertainment-wise!

Plus, the sequel is already out, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. And the final chapter is due out, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw.

What fun adult stories can anyone recommend for some weekend reading?