The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5)

The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5)

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by Jeff Kinney

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The highly anticipated fifth episode in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series arrives November 2010!See more details below


The highly anticipated fifth episode in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series arrives November 2010!

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Publishers Weekly
"See, when you're a little kid, nobody ever warns you that you've got an expiration date. One day you're hot stuff and the next day you're a dirt sandwich," Greg Heffley tells readers partway into this fifth installment of Kinney's bestselling Wimpy Kid series. There's a noticeable feeling of transition in this outing as Greg negotiates a sour patch with longtime best friend Rowley, his mother's decision to go back to school, the imminence of puberty (and dreaded accompanying discussions at home and at school), and the fact that one can't stay a child forever--despite evidence to the contrary provided by Greg's Uncle Gary, who's embarking on his fourth marriage. Although there is perhaps less of a central focus in this book than in some of its predecessors, the sense that "all good things must come to an end" emerges, something that inevitably will be true of the series itself at some point. But Kinney hasn't lost his touch for spinning universal details of middle-school life into comic gold--he doesn't have to worry about becoming a dirt sandwich anytime soon. Ages 8–12. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Life is hard, especially when you move into middle grades and have to deal with issues like best friends, puberty, girls and so much more. Can Greg navigate his way through the year without the help of his best friend, or should I say former best friend Rowley? The book opens with that issue facing Greg—he no longer has a best friend at his side and the prospects of finding a new one are not too promising. How will that end? Will he and Rowley be able to put aside their differences and be a team again? Home life presents its usual problems—family events, like the fourth marriage of one of his uncles and the sit-down chats with Gammie to learn about life and Mom's latest decision. Greg rationalizes by noting that Gammie has lived a long time so she probably knows a lot and the talk just might be worthwhile. Even though Gammie may have some good advice, it is still kind of scary to have a session with her. Mom has decided to go back to school and that creates a whole new set of issues with the new maid Isabella who turns out to not be very much help. All of the events are presented by Kinney's cartoon characters with their exaggerated features and depictions of situations that boys will really understand. Yes, this is a boy's book; and once they have read one, they will probably be hooked and so this fifth book in the series is bound to be a hit. It is a quick read and the cartoons are a perfect fit—my guess is that kids will read it more than once. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

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Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, #5
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years


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