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

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by Jeff Kinney
     
 

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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

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.)
 

F&P level: T

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810970687
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
01/13/2009
Series:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, #3
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
11,007
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and five-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, Massachusetts, where he owns a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Southern Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1971
Place of Birth:
Maryland
Education:
University of Maryland
Website:
http://www.wimpykid.com/

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The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 625 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think its very funny, thriling, and entertaining its great for all ages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book! ive read it ten times!
Guest More than 1 year ago
diary of a wipy kid the last straw rocked my world rodrick is my fav! jeff kinney rocks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeff kinney is an awesome and hilarous man and he came out with a third Diary of a wimpy kid im his biggest fan.
Boysareboys12 More than 1 year ago
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!
free2rhyme64 More than 1 year ago
I think these books are awesome really funny i cant wait till the next one comes out :)
bobbyjack More than 1 year ago
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


from,Daniella Sinofsky 9 year old girl =-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best serive ive ever read other then the bible
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havent read it yet but I have read the other to and they are awesome so i think this one will be to
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im looking forward to it,and I hope it is as good as book 1,and book 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME BOOK IT SUPER HILARIOUS AND I LOVE IT ITS SO FUNNY I CANT PUT IT DOWN FIFTH GRADER AND I LOVE IT READ ITT READITREADITREADITREADIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dont u not agree with me
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the past books in the "Diary" series, and I hope this one is as great as the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was really funny. Best of all 3 books.
sassypickle More than 1 year ago
Funny and entertaining, I am hooked! Diary of a Wimpy Kid isn't just for kids - I am over 30 and enjoy the series. Give this series a try, but make sure to start with the first book to follow the story. On to the 4th book now!
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. hard to put down, Can't wait to read the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was really funny. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Wimpy Kid series. I would recommend that all 4th grade boys read these (and that Mr. Kinney write a fourth book).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pages 99,and166 are very funny
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
These graphic novels by Kinney are so much fun to read. They're quick and easy, but help to remind us all about the perils of middle school and growing up. They put "picture books" in an entirely different kind of category, walking the line between the often dark and ornate worlds of the comic books or graphic novels, and the simplistic messages conveyed by illustrated books for children. It feels very much like you're reading the journal/diary of a tween. -Lindsey Miller, lindseyslibrary