A New York Times best seller, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series is fantastically thought up and illustrated. First hard back printed in 2007, the series of books written with illustrations by Jeff Kinney have succeeded past any point anyone ever expected. I’ve enjoyed the trials and tribulations that the books main character, middle schooler Greg Heffley, has endured over the years. Greg’s story evolves brilliantly as a conflicted youth while he matures, giving readers a bond of friendship with Greg that lasts from one volume to the next. Even Greg’s sometimes annoying best friend Rowley is a much appreciated side kick whose zany behavior will be sure to crack a smile on anybody’s face.
I’ve read these books during bedtime for my children over the years. They immediately become intrigued with the plot and are anxious to hear what happens next. My son in fact has taken to inspiration and started his own version with illustrations and all, except he calls his “Diary of a Tuff Kid” as any Ten year old boy would. When I’m not using the books for bedtime stories my kids use them to read on their own. The word count per page is minimal which allows readers to enjoy both the literature as well as the illustrations that run like an unending comic-strip giving children a fun visual to the backing story. However much illustrations there may be doesn’t neglect the literature whatsoever, especially when each book easily clears two hundred pages.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books are great for everyone including those who are having a hard time getting into the habit of reading. For children, the story of Greg Heffley and the Heffley family can be very relatable while positively reinforcing the imaginations job to play out some bizarre situations. In fact because of this easy to read and relatable format “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” has reached millions. “There are now more than 75 million copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in print in 41 different languages.” According to wimpykid.com, a website for the books series which includes eight volumes and two bonus books, one of which is an interactive do-it-yourself book called “The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book” that gives children the awesome ability to play games, draw cartoons and keep journals. There is a ninth volume titled “Wimpy Kid Nine” that is due to release November 4th 2014.
Although the book series has been out on shelves for quite some time it still remains popular to the millions who cherish the Wimpy Kid story. Their hopes to keep the story alive are what give strength to this genre of comic-novel writing.