Friday 25 November 2022

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Overlode

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Overlode by Jeff Kinney (Puffin Books) PB RRP $14.99 ISBN9780143778417

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

The thing to know about American author Jeff Kinney is that he has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Which is some acclaim for a children’s author!

Here is yet another book in the famous Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, sure to be a strong favourite especially of boys aged 8+ years. In this book, protagonist Greg Heffley is finding out that the road to fame and glory comes with some hard knocks.

When he decides to tag along with his teenage brother Rodrick’s band, Loded Diper, Greg doesn’t realise what he’s getting into. But he soon learns that late nights, unpaid gigs, fights between band members, and money troubles are all part of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. The question is: can Greg help his older brother Rodrik’s band become the legends they think they are?

Metallichihuaha won the Battle of the Bands last year, but will Loded Diper take out the award this year?

Like the style of all Wimpy Kids’ books, this latest book appears to be handwritten on lined paper, with strong black and white cartoon illustrations on every page. Visually it’s appealing, and, too, the tone of the storytelling is just right for today’s young readers.

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