Greg Heffley, the world's most famous wimpy kid, is back and in big trouble...AGAIN! In Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6, a blizzard blows snow three feet high, trapping poor Greg inside with the worst people he could possibly imagine - his own family. If anything could go wrong in this diary, it does. The basement floods, so Greg is forced to share his bedroom with his big brother, Rodrick. Food runs low and Greg resorts to eating ketchup for dinner. Then the electrical power shuts off and his mom's cell phone battery runs down, completely cutting them off from the outside world. The wimply kid feels like he's "one step away from being a wild animal". It takes a Christmas miracle (and catching his spoiled little brother, Manny, in an act of sabotage) to get things back to normal...sort of.
Stuck in the "No Bully Zone"
This is the second Diary of a Wimpy Kid book that I have read (see link below to Book 3: The Last Straw). Okay, I admit I skipped a few books in the series, but they're still pretty funny even read out of order. Take the time Greg and his best (but incredibly dumb) friend, Rowley, were being bullied by a kid named Nasty Pants. Every day Nasty Pants would chase them as they tried to take the shortcut to school. Finally Greg and Rowley got their dads to confront the bully's parents. But Mr. Heffley was in for a shock. Nasty Pants the bully, it turned out, was only five years old!
"Peas" to Meet You!
I love the way the book is designed, with large easy-to-read text and numerous black-and-white illustrations that make the stories even funnier (similar to The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey). Author Jeff Kinney pokes fun at many things, from bad-tasting school lunches, to boring school recesses, to bogus school fundraisers that make kids sell useless junk to their neighbors. Through all the embarassing moments, the wimpy kid keeps his sense of humor, which keeps kids (and many grown-ups) wanting to read more. 224 pages.