- Publisher: Amulet Books
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 15mm | 340g
- Publication date: 13 January 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0810970686
- ISBN 13: 9780810970687
- Sales rank: 6,112
"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
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Jeff Kinney is a #1 "New York Times" bestselling author and four-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 in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.
By Ruth Hill 01 Dec 2013
My daughter just finished reading this book, and it has quickly become a favorite of hers. In her words, this is her review.
i really liked the fact that the writing looks like it is handwritten. i also like that it has a picture on each page. I preferred reading this book to watching TV or playing WII. I was so happy when my mom said I could read it!
I can honestly say that I love every word in this book-even the end! It had some of the best funny parts, and I love going back and re-reading my favorite parts.