Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #6)

Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #6)

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by Jeff Kinney
     
 

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Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.

The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any

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Overview

Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.

The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The timing of the release of the sixth book in Kinney’s bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is pretty much perfect, given that it’s set in the weeks leading up to Christmas. (Diehard fans, though, will have burned through it long before Thanksgiving dinner is served.) Kinney keeps to the formula that has worked so well for him, as Greg Heffley recounts, in diary entries and cartoons, his episodic misadventures at home and at school, mixing the timely (bullying, energy drink addiction, a creepy Elf on the Shelf–style doll called “Santa’s Scout”) with the timeless (school fundraisers, get-rich moneymaking schemes, sibling rivalry). Readers expecting an overarching focus on a snowed-in Heffley clan, based on the book’s concept, will have to wait a bit: the big storm doesn’t hit until pretty late in the game. But it’s unlikely that anyone will mind—Greg is as entertainingly self-serving as ever, and Kinney continues to excel at finding the innate humor in broadly relatable situations, from the futility of junk-food crackdowns to a toddler’s ability to exert control over an entire family. Ages 8–12. (Nov.)
ALAN Review - Molly Druce
Gregory Heffley strikes again in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. His latest moneymaking scheme goes awry and he's in big trouble. Only this time, he's innocent . . . kind of. The authorities are closing in when a blizzard hits and snows him in. While the blizzard promises temporary reprieve from life on the run, it also threatens something much worse—quality time with his family. Cabin Fever successfully highlights the eccentricities of early adolescents without creating a caricature of a whiney tween. Jeff Kinney's witty prose and sidesplitting comics give life to his self-centered, imprudent, and completely relatable protagonist. Cabin Fever will keep readers on their toes, when they're not rolling on the floor laughing. A must-read for fans of Kinney's hapless hero. Reviewer: Molly Druce
Children's Literature - Sarah Strom
This book is the sixth in an ongoing series about Greg Heffley, an average middle schooler dealing with the struggles that come along with this period of adolescence. Set in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a crucial time for children to be on their best behavior if they hope to what they want from Santa, Greg unfortunately becomes the number one suspect in a crime of vandalism against his school. He is innocent…well, technically, at least. A blizzard snows in Greg and his family, and he must wait in agony for the snow to melt and the police to come and haul him off to jail…or so he thinks. The diary-like format Kinney uses is a great way to get both reluctant and eager readers reading. The pages are lined like a journal and Greg creates amusing black-and-white doodles and simple illustrations of the things happening in his life, accompanied by sentences that sound like those of a middle school boy. The book addresses things happening in every adolescent’s life and puts them in a humorous light. Children who start this “Wimpy Kid” series will be unable to stop! Reviewer: Sarah Strom; Ages 8 up.
Kirkus Reviews
In a world where "Wimpy Kid–like" has become a shorthand to describe a certain type of book, what is there to say about the sixth volume in the groundbreaking series? It certainly delivers what series fans have grown to expect: "hand-lettered" text on lined, faux-journal pages and cartoon vignettes depicting the opinions and misadventures of antihero and diarist Greg Heffley. Here, Greg struggles to get from Thanksgiving to Christmas without attracting Santa's attention. Before getting to the sub-titular main event, Kinney lampoons school anti-bullying efforts, our modern obsession with safety and Internet games that entice players to spend real money on fake consumer goods. Predictably, Greg's jury-rigged get-rich-quick scheme in service of his Net Kritterz pet goes awry, resulting in his conviction that at any moment he will be arrested. Then the blizzard starts, and Greg, brothers Rodrick and Manny and their mother are snowed in. With the power cut off and food supplies running low, things are looking desperate… Unfortunately, the humor inherent in this scenario is stifled by Kinney's having given over so much of the set up (more than two thirds of the book) to digressive, stand-up–comic rants that what could provoke manic hysteria elicits only chuckles, if that. Kinney has built a world that has potential for truly subversive humor and has a fan base willing to go wherever he takes it, but by choosing to play it safe here, he sells both short. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419702235
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Series:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, #6
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,458
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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