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

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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 punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?

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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?

Winner of the 2012 Children's Choice Book Award for Author of the Year

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We'll let author Jeff Kinney describe this unconventional episode of his Wimpy Kid series. This is from a revealing Entertainment Weekly interview: "Cabin Fever is about the Heffley family being snowed in for the holidays and the claustrophobia that it creates... The idea behind the book is that as you're growing up, you're forging your identity, and that identity becomes hard to escape later on... Part of the book is about the claustrophobia of your identity—It's hard to forge a new one." And from that germ grew a very entertaining story.

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
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: 14,560
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Biography

All his life, Jeff Kinney wanted to be a cartoonist. As a student at the University of Maryland in the 1990s, he published his comic strip "Igdoof" in the college newspaper, but he soon discovered that succeeding in the real world as a syndicated cartoonist is no easy task. So, after school, he supported himself as a newspaper designer and computer programmer, while working out ideas for a children's book that combined cartoons with conventional storytelling.

Once he conceived the concept for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kinney devoted nearly six years to developing the storyline and artwork. Fashioned as a journal with appealing, expressive stick figure drawings on every page, Diary is narrated in the pitch-perfect (and hilariously deadpan) voice of a not-always-likeable but totally believable tweener named Greg Heffley. Poised to make the painful transition from elementary to middle school, Greg struggles with the usual preteen angst: bullies and cliques, annoying siblings and clueless parents, faithful friends and cute, unattainable girls.

Although Kinney never intended to publish his book online, when the opportunity arose to serialize Greg's adventures on Funbrain.com, he knew he'd found the perfect way to reach his target audience. In 2004, the comic strip began appearing in daily installments on the website. The feature was a huge hit, attracting thousands of hits a day. Moreover, the online version paved the way to Kinney's five-book deal with the publisher Harry N. Abrams.

Armed with fresh, new story lines, Kinney launched the print sequence in 2007. From the very first installment, entitled simply Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the series was a success -- especially with reluctant readers who found the diary-with-doodles format far more accessible than conventional books. Greg, with his hilarious antics, backfiring schemes, and totally unfiltered thoughts (his mom has agreed not to read what he writes!), has struck a responsive chord -- both with kids who identify with his growing pains and with grownups who vividly recall their own.

Good To Know

  • Jeff Kinney claims that he writes for kids because he believes the most interesting and funniest stories come from people's childhoods.

  • In an interview with familyeducation.com, Kinney was asked which he liked more: writing or drawing cartoons. He answered this way: " Both writing and drawing are a struggle for me. I am cursed with being a very slow illustrator, and this book requires at least 1,000 illustrations. So sometimes, the joy of illustrating is a bit diminished by the amount of time that illustrating takes. What I enjoy is seeing the words and illustrations come together on the page."

  • Kinney knew he'd made the grade when Diary of a Wimpy Kid was chosen to appear as a plot point on the popular Disney-produced preteen series Wizards of Waverly Place.

  • Kinney deliberately avoids putting pop culture references into his stories because he wants them to have a timeless feel. He hopes readers will be able to pick his books up 20 years from now and still be able to relate to themes.
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      1. Hometown:
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      1. Date of Birth:
        February 19, 1971
      2. Place of Birth:
        Maryland
      1. Education:
        University of Maryland
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    • Posted June 17, 2011

      Amazing series!!!

      Our son hates to read, but he is so excited about a new Wimpy Kid book coming out that he wants to pre-order it. We have to make sure to buy the book on a weekend because he can't put it down once he has it. The Wimpy Kid books also help teach our son about social interaction and humor. It is a wonderful way for him to learn about adolescent life. The Wimpy Kid series also gives him something talk about with other kids because everyone we know is reading this series. Jeff Kinney doesn't pull any punches in trying to make his main character some heroic angel. The reason all of this is so important to us is because our son has autism. To see our son smile and laugh out loud while reading a Wimpy Kid book is worth everything. A huge thank you to Jeff Kinney. We appreciate your books more than words can express!

      124 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 30, 2011

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      Excellent Series

      Gave the first 3 books to my son as gift- he absolutely loves them. Have now to buy the rest of the series.

      95 out of 147 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 13, 2011

      My Review on Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6

      I think kids all over the world will love this book. I wish I could read it again and again and again because its such an entertaing, funny book.

      90 out of 122 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 16, 2011

      I LOVE the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series!

      I beleive that anyone at any age will enjoy this book. I hope that Jeff Kinney will be able to add more and more books to the series. Plus, the movies are totally amazing as well!

      62 out of 85 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 3, 2011

      `oh my GOD

      this book is going to rock

      58 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 17, 2011

      Nook Please

      Would like to see this series as a nook reader!!!

      38 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 16, 2011

      Have Pre-Ordered!

      I have bought this whole series of books for my grandson. He has been a reluctant reader but these books have been a hit with him. He liked the movie too. He is looking forward to getting this one when it comes out.

      31 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 2, 2011

      love love wimpy kid!

      I just want to say thank you Mr. Jeff Kinney, my kids just love your books! and love the movies. Im so happy that there is a movie out there funny enough for kids and parents to laugh together. My husband and I watched both films and loved it! My daugther age 10 owns all your books and usually reads a book like in 2 days...:) again thank you so much!

      30 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 16, 2012

      The novel, diary of a wimpy kid cabin fever, was an amazing book

      The novel, diary of a wimpy kid cabin fever, was an amazing book because there was drama, humor, and rebellious. It is made by the author Jeff Kinney. Even if this is in a children’s comic format this could be a book for all ages from 1 to 100. It is a journal written by a boy named Greg Heffly who is in middle school and has to deal with bullies. The problems in Greg’s life are unbelievable considering his brother is mean; his little brother is obnoxious or “dumb”. Greg’s power goes off during the winter and doesn’t have his father in the house to help his family through the cold weeks without power. This book is an interesting novel to read it was first meant for adults but soon it was a big hit for the younger generation, but this book is still a great chance to read something new from an author.

      29 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 17, 2011

      the best series

      Diary of A Wimpy Kid is the best series of books ever! I know this is going to be a GREAT book. And it's coming out just three days after my birthday.
      Heath Bell, 6 yrs old

      26 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 17, 2012

      more from this reviewer

      Jeff Kinney has done it again. He has written and drawn another

      Jeff Kinney has done it again. He has written and drawn another bestseller. In Cabin Fever, Greg is up to his usual antics, but the story is set up in such a way that readers have a rare opportunity to delve more deeply into Kinney's nuanced protagonist. Kinney's ability to realistically capture the art of storytelling from a kid's perspective is one of many reasons why all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are so addicting. Greg is wimpy, selfish, (kind of) mean, and narrow-minded--traits that shout out "AUTHENTICITY!" to Kinney's loyal preteen readers. People enjoy reading about Greg, a run-of-the-mill kid who is a just a tad too sharp for his own good. A far cry from a Mary Sue or a rebellious preteen flipping off the world, Greg is instead the kid who will beg his mom for extra time and money to provide for a digital pet, whine that the world isn't fair, sneak a peak (and some more) at his Christmas presents before the big day... and so on.

      In Cabin Fever, Kinney revisits all of the tried-and-true character traits responsible for skyrocketing this series to popularity. But this time around, Kinney doesn't stop there. Cabin Fever takes Greg's antics to the next level; Greg gets in over his head and has a run-in with the authorities. Unsurprisingly, everything happily works out in the end, but what makes Cabin Fever so memorable is how the story line offers readers a chance to see that Greg, for all of his silly, trouble-inducing antics and motivations, is really a good kid at heart.

      If you want to understand Greg--or rather, if you want to understand children--set aside the parenting magazines for the time being, and pick up this book. The way Jeff Kinney describes Greg Heffley is spot on for how it is with most kids, from the do-gooders to the trouble-makers. Cabin Fever once again reminds us why, despite all of the duplicate graphic novels out there trying to copy Kinney's style, Kinney remains the original bestseller. Cabin Fever had me lauging out loud from Page One. I highly recommend it to kids everywhere. For those grown-ups who can't be caught dead buying and reading a kid's book, I hope you have a sibling or child from whom you can bum the book off of because Cabin Fever is a MUST READ.

      15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 2, 2011

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      great

      Bought a couple of books for my kids this past week for weekend reads, and this book was one of them. would recommend it.

      15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 17, 2011

      looooooooovvve it

      I love the books so much cant wait to get it

      14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 11, 2011

      CAN'T WAIT!!!

      I'm going to get this book!

      14 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 29, 2012

      Highly recommended for all ages

      My 9 year old says this is one of the best of this series, it really was!

      10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 22, 2012

      Pss

      I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT WAS SO FUNNY THE AUTHER SHOULD SO MAKE MORE OF THESE BOOKES THEY RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 30, 2012

      It was an awesome book

      My review of Diary of a wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever: It is definately a very good book for all kinds of readers I think any age would read it. It was very thrilling and also a very god read. Jeff Kinney really knows how to write a good book. I’ve always liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid books since I read the first one. But this is definitely one of my favorites. It is a about Greg getting into trouble at school by ruining school property, but he is actually innocent, and he avoids the cops and others and then a big blizzard comes and the Hefley’s get snowed in. Then their electricity “goes out”. They have to survive while their dad stays in a cozy hotel. In my opinion it is a very good, funny and awesome book. It has suspense and a lot of humor. It is very well written. The first one wasn’t as well written as the ones now but it’s still a good book. This is the latest book in the series and definitely one of the greatest. This one is a little bit funnier than the other ones. This book is a good book for people from 2nd to 8th grade. It doesn’t have very many hard words and is very easy to read. It is overall a good book. And I hate books. It only took me 2 days to read this book. It was so good I couldn’t even put it down to play video games, and that’s hard because I play a lot of video games. I read this book constantly and couldn’t put it down until I was finished. I loved it, it is definitely one of my favorite books. Jeff Kinney always writes very good, interesting books. The End.

      8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 21, 2011

      I Want This Book So Bad

      Well since I want this book so so so so so so so so bad and I wish I could have all the books in the world for free and no troble that would be so so so so so so great and if childrens parents are reading this paragraph right now I really appriciate you and thank you for reading this.Bye-Bye.:)

      8 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 25, 2013

      :)

      This was my favortie one. I can't wait to get the seventh one.

      7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 8, 2012

      Storyguy

      Not as good as the others but manges to be the most funnnest in the series

      7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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