I decided since nearly every review would be nearly the same, I’d save us all some time and just write about the last 6 books in one post. Instead of writing about each book individually, I’ll just write the 5 things I enjoyed most about this series as a whole.
- They are FUNNY! There were several parts of each book where I was actually laughing out loud at Greg’s antics. I found myself taking pictures of the pages and sending them to my friend to convince her to read the series. I appreciate any book written for children that can entertain me the way this series did.
- The illustrations add to the humor, story, and readability of this book. Some of the illustrations go along with what is happening in the story, while others provide a little extra humor. I also like the way Kinney is consistent with his illustrations of characters.
- Greg, despite being egocentric (typical middle schooler), is likable (or even lovable). You want him to come out on top, even though he is clearly the sand in a teacher’s or parent’s bathing suit. He manipulates people and situations to get his own way, but that makes him believable and relatable as a character. I remember doing the same things when I was his age.
- They are fast reads. I’d say each book took me no more than 2 hours tops, although I never got to sit down and read one beginning to end. Some books took several days due to the holidays and my own children. If my students are looking for a fast read, these are great recommendations, because they are also very engaging.
- The AR level is in the fifth grade range. I’m not HUGE on reading level, because I think students should read for enjoyment, and book level often limits their choices. However, it is a bonus that there are inferences to be made and higher level vocabulary in these books. There are also moral dilemmas that students would have to think about in order to relate to the story.
I think it goes without saying that I enjoyed the series, and I do take back my snobbery. I didn’t think this series had as much to offer, but I am now eating my words! I recommend it to students, but I also think any adult who can relate to children would also enjoy it.
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