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Let's Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary Series #1)

Let's Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary Series #1)

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by Jim Benton

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Take a peek inside the diaries of Jamie Kelly! She's cool (sometimes), nice (mostly), and funny (always). Kid-friendly humor & art, along w/JKBenton's signature style make this series a standout!

Read the hilarious, candid (& sometimes mean) diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be.


Take a peek inside the diaries of Jamie Kelly! She's cool (sometimes), nice (mostly), and funny (always). Kid-friendly humor & art, along w/JKBenton's signature style make this series a standout!

Read the hilarious, candid (& sometimes mean) diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be. In this book, Jamie contends with Angeline, the school's prettiest, most popular girl (who Jamie thinks is a goon!) and the impending visit of her troll-like little cousin. Will Jamie survive? Will she go mad? Will she send her mom's nasty casserole to starving children in Wheretheheckistan? You'll just have to read the first installment of Dear Dumb Diary to find out!

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
The hilarious author of the Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist books zaps fans with another new series, this time about a girl braving the trials and tribulations of middle school. Told in knee-slapping diary entries, the first installment of Jamie Kelly's tales begins as "the worst thing that can happen to you in middle school" almost occurs: getting a nasty nickname (for all of you uneducated souls out there). From there, Jamie goes on to describe a schoolmate's misfortune of using ChocoMint lip smacker; her interest in almost-hunk boy Hudson Rivers; and most of all her unkind feelings toward Angeline, a pretty blonde girl who Jamie's sure is "scorpion-like" beneath her sweet exterior. But when a mysterious culprit smacks the school's cafeteria monitor in her "neck blubber" with meatloaf, Jamie takes the heat and winds up almost-pals with Angeline. Jim Benton delivers a wonderfully silly series that combines his knack for knowing what kids love to read with fun illustrations. Young audiences will eat up Jamie's diary descriptions of stealing Angeline's hair out of the wastebasket, her "glazed" cousin, and just about every other crazy event that happens, while parents are sure to see their kids beg for more Dumb Diary books. As the subtitle suggests, we can pretend this never happened, but in reality we're sure happy it did. Shana Taylor
Publishers Weekly
Benton's Dear Dumb Diary series gets off to a shaky start with this trite tale told in diary format. In daily entries, each starting with the title salutation, Jamie Kelly vents repeatedly on several topics. A die-cut cover shows the heroine, and when readers lift it, they get a preview of the themes to be introduced in the coming pages. The primary target of Jamie's tirades is her middle-school nemesis: pretty, popular, perky Angeline, who "is so perfect that the word `perfect' is probably not perfect enough for her. One day they'll probably have to invent another word for her and when they do I hope it rhymes with vomit or turd because I think I have a good idea for a song if they do." Jamie also gripes about her mother's abysmal cooking (one night she makes "some sort of mushy noodley stuff... that tasted almost exactly like socks smell") and her less than luxurious locks, which she tries to dye Angeline's shade but instead it "came out the exact color of raw chicken." Though the feisty diarist makes the occasional funny observation, more often her stabs at humor miss their mark or are so protracted that the comic moment fizzles. Inane, sketchy illustrations do little to fortify the tale. Ages 8-12. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Jamie Kelly is in middle school, and therefore suffers from one crisis after another. This book is a look at the frustrations of Jamie, which Jamie believes is caused by Angeline—the beauty of Mackerel Middle School. As Jamie writes, the reader can see how she is consumed with proving that Angeline is the center of all evil in her universe. Ironically, the two girls end up helping each other out even thought they still can't stand each other. This book is a classic example of teenage self-absorption. There are quite a few cartoonish illustrations to help the reader understand Jamie's immature fantasies and unrealistic descriptions. Benton nails the attitude of a middle school girl and all her pessimistic drama. For example, at one point Jamie "was walking the Walk of the Condemned toward Mr. Evans's class" because Jamie's dog really did eat her homework and she knows that nobody would believe a line like that, even if it was true. This book can be used as an example of how a diary can be about emotions or fantasies rather than complete truths. 2004, Scholastic Inc, Ages 8 to 12.
—Joella Peterson

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Dear Dumb Diary Series , #1
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Meet the Author

Jim Benton is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of many licensed properties, including the hugely successful It's Happy Bunny. He's created a kids' TV series, designed clothing, and written books, such as the Franny K. Stein series and the bestselling Dear Dumb Diary series. Jim lives in Bloomfield, Michigan with his spectacular wife and kids. Visit him online at www.jimbenton.com and on Twitter at @JimBenton.

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Let's Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
luv2read98 More than 1 year ago
I would definetly recommend this series to anyone who likes quick, fun reads. It's really funny and there are a lot of books in the series and they just keep coming and if you like this one, then you're sure to like the others!
Zoesbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I love dear dumb diary. It is so funny!!! I really like Isabella, she is so evil. Jamie is like anybody else in middle school... she hates it. How can it get any worse???? Angeline the prettiest girl in school steal her future boyfriend Hudson Rivers the 8th cutest guy in her grade and Isabella's favorite lip gloss flavor. That means war. Dear Dumb Diary is the funnest book you will ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I had a friend reccomend it to me and i figured it must be a great book considering it was the only book she read without being assigned by a teacher. Thruthfully i was impressed and if anyone asked me if the should read it i would definitly say read it!!!!!!!!!!!
BookFanatic112 More than 1 year ago
To the point: Funny and Hilarious. Highly Recommend! Get a copy now before I buy them all!
Paulntraci More than 1 year ago
Your little girls should read this book, for it is called Dear Dumb Diary, and it is this depressed girl's diary and she will wright in it to tell you what is happining in her world. I loved it because it was silly and really good. Once they read the first book they will want all the others for there are about 5 more after this book. The book is REALLY funny let me tell you that. I was reading it when ever I can. I was even trying to read it in the dark it was so good. It is easy to read, and it would be a good gift for a little girl and also a 15 year old. I showed it to my cuz who is 15 and she thoght it was so good. If a 15 year old likes it then any kid under 15 will like it too. Boys would not like it because it is a diary of a girl, so I don't think they would really care for it. I have started the second book called "MY PANTS ARE HAUNTED" and it is so good so get your girl this book and I gaurantee she will love it! Make them happy! IT'S SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was read by my 9 year old daughter. She liked the book so much that she finished it in one sitting. (approx 2 hours) The next day she went to the library to checkout the next book in the series. This was a great book for a kicked back fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. And this one is only two dollors!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My grand daughter, in second grade, couldn't put this book down. She had it finished in 2 days so I had to get her the next 2 in the series. The new words she came across were explained later in the book and she was just amazed at that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next one in the series...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! It is funny,cool and plus it has cool pictures and funny commentary stuff!if you are unsure wether or not to by this book or not,you should buy it!I'm not saying you have to, but it is a really good book for kids!I hope the author makes more dear dumb dairies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halarious love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a book for my 9 year old granddaughter, who is also now becoming a book worm !
TeacherMomCO More than 1 year ago
This was an easy read for my 8 year old, but she loved it and requested the second book right away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was really funny.i like the part where angeline threw the meat loaf and jamie took the blame for it. my favorite part was when jamie died her hair the color of angelinges hair and she said i know why they call it dy because that is what u will do when u see what it does do your hair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FLO: This book is tough. It is funny . I can relate to this in my own life. I think that people that like to know how some girls write in their diary if you never had one before would like to read this book.

RAE: To me this book is funny.If you never read this book before then get up and read it.

Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best book. I tottly recommed it and all the others its one of the best serious I've ever read. Thank for listening
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the book that every middle-schooler needs. its a story in cartoons and diary entries1 this will not bore u 2 death. u would wanna read till the end. i read the 2,3,4, and 5 and cant wait to get the sixth
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a not put downer! Every night I read this book till I fell asleep reading this. I loved it!! I always keep on reading these books. There are funny books for any type of age. I love them!!! No matter what I say this book is AHH-mazing!! I love how she draws pictures to show what happened and just expands her mind in the books. For some reason I like books that are diarys! They are just so much better detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't actually read this but I put the series on my Christmas List(my aunts an early shopper) and from what the reviews say this book is great! If you like books that are like journal's try reading theese books:
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it gives a smile on your face while reading it.This tells about Jamie Kelly's funny diary with some weird things she talks about.I recommend to every girl or boy who loves reading any kind of fiction or non fiction books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so funny and great for kid the age of 10-100 this is a great book when your feeling sad or lonley
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and I recommend it to all girls who love to snoop around and love a good laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great book! the series is just as good. it makes you want to laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG. This is is like the only book that makes me laugh out loud! It is soo awesome! You can relate to it too. Jim Benton's such a cool author! I own the whole series and I cannot wait for the rest to come out!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times. And I Always,Always,Always Enjoy it. Jim Benton I mean 'Jamie Kelly' Is a great writer!