Friday, April 5, 2013

The Wimpy Kid Appreciation Society

There is a new obsession in Sis and Bud's second-grade class:  The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  At the book fair last week, many of the kids flocked to the Wimpy Kid section and pondered which book to buy.  Sis and Bud came home with two each, one of which was an activity book.  The kids have created a club, The Wimpy Kid Appreciation Society, through which they exchange books with each other (which is much more sensible than always buying them--Sis and Bud can finish one in a day or so.  And there are several of them.)    And now Sis has loaned me The Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Third Wheel to read so that I can understand it all.

For the uninitiated, which was me until a few days ago, this series by Jeff Kinney tells the experiences of a middle-school kid, Greg Heffley, through his own words and pictures as written in a diary his mom gave him.    But as he notes in the first book, this isn't "Dear Diary" stuff.  I'm trying not to worry that the protagonist is more than a couple of years older than Sis and Bud and that his experiences are not the carefully-curated stories that Sis and Bud have read elsewhere.  So I'm reading it.  It's like a grown-up Junie B. Jones--not perfect childhood, but real childhood with real language, events, and feelings.  Like when Greg's older brother Rodrick sees porn (well, a bikini-clad woman on a motorcycle) and his mother freaks out.  It hasn't happened here.  Yet.  But it will.   (Right, Shelley?!)  And I imagine I'll be a lot like his mom, making him apologize to all women.

And so, I'm reading it in bits.  And maybe I'll even become an adjunct member of the Society.  Frankly, I'm glad the kids still want to include me.

1 comment:

  1. My children love and have read all the books in the series. I have not yet. I wish porn was a bikini clad woman on a motorcycle!!!! But yes you are right.....sigh