The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #3)

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The highly anticipated third book in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series takes the art of being wimpy to a whole new level.

Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when ...

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Overview

The highly anticipated third book in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series takes the art of being wimpy to a whole new level.

Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out.

Greg and his family and friends, who make the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books a must-read for middle school readers, are back and at their best in this hilarious new installment of the series, which is sure to please current fans while attracting new ones.

Publishers Weekly-1/19/2009:

The third book in this genre-busting series is certain to enlarge Kinney’s presence on the bestseller lists, where the previous titles have taken up residence for the past two years. Kinney’s spot-on humor and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons are back in full force. This time, Greg starts off on New Year’s Day (he resolves to “help other people improve,” telling his mother, “I think you should work on chewing your potato chips more quietly”) and ends with summer vacation. As he fends off his father’s attempts to make him more of a man (the threat of military school looms), Greg’s hapless adventures include handing out anonymous valentines expressing his true feelings (“Dear James, You smell”), attempting to impress his classmate Holly and single-handedly wrecking his soccer team’s perfect season. Kinney allows himself some insider humor as well, with Greg noting the “racket” children’s book authors have going. “All you have to do is make up a character with a snappy name, and then make sure the character learns a lesson at the end of the book.” Greg, self-centered as ever, may be the exception proving that rule. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)
 

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The Wippiness Wars have escalated. Greg's father just can't accept that this son is an inveterate wimp. To cure him, Dad signs him up for organized, "manly" sports. When that doesn't work, he threatens use of the ultimate weapon: an involuntary stint at military academy. The threat makes our favorite wimp realize that if he doesn't shape up, he will be literally shipping out!
Publishers Weekly
The third book in this genre-busting series is certain to enlarge Kinney's presence on the bestseller lists, where the previous titles have taken up residence for the past two years. Kinney's spot-on humor and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons are back in full force. This time, Greg starts off on New Year's Day (he resolves to "help other people improve," telling his mother, "I think you should work on chewing your potato chips more quietly") and ends with summer vacation. As he fends off his father's attempts to make him more of a man (the threat of military school looms), Greg's hapless adventures include handing out anonymous valentines expressing his true feelings ("Dear James, You smell"), attempting to impress his classmate Holly and single-handedly wrecking his soccer team's perfect season. Kinney allows himself some insider humor as well, with Greg noting the "racket" children's book authors have going. "All you have to do is make up a character with a snappy name, and then make sure the character learns a lesson at the end of the book." Greg, self-centered as ever, may be the exception proving that rule. Ages 8-12.
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School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

Greg Heffley's crazy antics continue in this latest installment in the series. Kinney portrays humorous and touching family dynamics between the boy and his competitive father, whom he seems to disappoint numerous times. The fast-paced narrative successfully balances Greg's home and school life, revealing an egocentric yet lovable character. As in the previous books, cartoons and journal entries blend seamlessly to convey Greg's middle school angst. His uncanny ability to fall into amusing predicaments will win even more converts to this popular series. His witty voice coupled with memorable characterization will have this offering flying off the shelves.-Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810970687
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series , #3
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 809
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and now 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:
        Southern Massachusetts
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 19, 1971
      2. Place of Birth:
        Maryland
      1. Education:
        University of Maryland
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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 28, 2008

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      its a great book

      i think its very funny, thriling, and entertaining its great for all ages

      79 out of 101 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2009

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      Not Too Wimpy!

      My kids kept going on about the Wimpy Kid books. I honestly had never heard of them. But they really love them, so I decided to skim through this one. It was pretty good. It does have a good message about how it is okay to be different. Plus, it has my kids reading...and off the computer for a few minutes. I also got them another book they were wanting called Pumpkin Guts. I know...I know. It is a great book also though. I highly recommend both books.

      64 out of 81 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 4, 2008

      great!

      great book! ive read it ten times!

      59 out of 81 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 5, 2008

      great great great

      diary of a wipy kid the last straw rocked my world rodrick is my fav! jeff kinney rocks

      43 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 28, 2008

      diary of the wimpy kid is back!

      Jeff kinney is an awesome and hilarous man and he came out with a third Diary of a wimpy kid im his biggest fan.

      38 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 24, 2009

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

      Greg's third year at his middle school is starting to change. He and all the other boys in his class like Holly Hills, because the top three all have boyfriends. But when Greg tries to make a good impression on her, she calls him Fregley. When a girl moves into his neighborhood, his luck has FINALLY changed!

      29 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 25, 2008

      this rocks

      this is the best serive ive ever read other then the bible

      29 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 28, 2008

      Great Book!!!

      I think these books are awesome really funny i cant wait till the next one comes out :)

      25 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 10, 2009

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      huge fan 101

      I think this book will be a great one. I bet it will be better then number 1 and number 2 Rodrick rules. I can't wait to read it I am going to be the very first one to lay my hands on it.Jeff Kinney is a great author to me one day I will be a great author just like him<BR/><BR/><BR/>from,Daniella Sinofsky 9 year old girl =-)

      23 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 21, 2008

      Fakers

      How can you write a review when it doesn't come out until next year???

      15 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 28, 2009

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      Diary of a Whimpy Kid 3

      Diary of a Whimpy Kid 3 Is absolutley genius! It shows how generuos parents can rarely be if we work hard, how weird other poeple and school mates can be, how annoying famly can be, and it tells a little about love. It's just like a real diary and I feel like it could really be someone's life story!

      12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 9, 2008

      Awesome!

      I've read the past books in the "Diary" series, and I hope this one is as great as the others.

      11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 17, 2009

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      Favorite book of all time!

      Greg Heffley isn't self-centered. Really. He just likes thinking of himself in a positive way, though it seems he always gets the bad end of the deal. Middle school is challenging enough. Adding a hippy-skippy mother, a baby of a brother, and reasonably attractive girls just makes the stress lever higher. Greg is trying his hardest to concentrate on the important things, like making his father happy and proud. But being the way he is, Greg is easily distracted, especially by wanting to blow dandelions, playing last minute jokes, and finding who the snack thief is. Told through his own journal and own drawings, Greg shares what it is like to be a wimpy kid.

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw is too much like real life to not have laugh-out-loud moments. Not only was I giggling at every page, I was full-out belly laughing at Greg's decisions and situations, which made my stomach feel a little weak but my eyes wanting to read more. This book is so realistic in every way: not wanting to get up for the remote because you're in a comfortable position, resisting the urge to blow dandelions (which Greg isn't too good at). It all made so much sense! I shared most every part to my parents and siblings and hearing my mother's laugh, you would know for sure that this book is worth checking out at your library. : )


      Contains nothing inappropriate whatsoever.

      9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 21, 2008

      ilove your stories

      The books are really funny number 3 is going to be funny my favorate characters are manny and gregory and the cheese touch is really funny.

      9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 7, 2008

      Spectacular

      Im looking forward to it,and I hope it is as good as book 1,and book 2.

      9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 24, 2009

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      IT'S HARD TO DECIDE WHICH ONE OF THE BOOKS IS THE BEST IN THE SERIES!

      It seems that Jeff Kinney still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve! The Last Straw is definitely one of the best books in the series, filled with non-stop laughs and amazing adventures. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is one of the only series which you can never get tired of!

      8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 3, 2008

      Awsome

      I can't wait until it comes out. I read the other 2 books and they were pretty great so i know this one will pass all my expectations

      8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 8, 2008

      He does it again

      I havent read it yet but I have read the other to and they are awesome so i think this one will be to

      8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 14, 2009

      Great

      I loved this book! It was really funny. Best of all 3 books.

      7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 6, 2008

      an outstanding job by Jeff Kinney!!!!

      I love all of jeff kinney's books, I happen to and I love his books sooo much, they just make me giggle I love everything about his books from Greg to Chirag Giputa!!! I bet this will be a truly awsome book!!!!!!

      7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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