Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (paperback)

by Jeff Kinney

 

The Getaway is officially my favorite of the Wimpy Kid series!  I made the mistake of just reading “the first few pages” while my class took the writing benchmark, and ended up finishing the entire book at school while giggling and distracting them in my silent testing environment.  Luckily, most of my students have read at least one of the books in the series, so they could relate.  Several have even read this newest book in the series, and they kept asking what part I was at.

Greg and his family go on vacation to a warm, sunny, tropical, Spanish-speaking resort for Christmas.  From the time they left home for the airport, they all got themselves into dilemmas as a family and individually.  Greg, as usual, is ignorant to his parents’ wishes and finds himself in awkward situations, but always finds his way out of them.  This book was laughs from beginning to end.

What I liked about this book, besides the humor, is that I finally realized it is small moment after small moment, which serves as a great example for my students who are working on narratives based on small moments during Writer’s Workshop.  I still can’t believe I was such a snob about this series, because it has turned out to be one of my favorites.

What I didn’t like about this book... I have nothing.  There was a big hairy situation with a big hairy spider, but since it was all drawings, it didn’t bother me like I thought it would, although parts were a little cringe-worthy, like when the spider lost a leg.

Book 21 of 40

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