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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel And The Power Of Sequels
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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel And the Power Of Sequels

Don't you just hate the feeling you get when the book you're enjoying so much is about to end?

The pages which you could hardly wait to read are getting fewer and fewer, the characters who's everyday encounters amused you so much are taking their last steps in untangling the plot, the story is slowly settling into the inevitable happy end.

The grand finale is here and so is the knowledge that tomorrow you'll have nothing to read.

That's why sequels are so great – they give us back the characters we have come to love, the comforting settings we know so well, the unmistakable writing style which can mean only one thing: for a few days we can revisit our old friends and learn about their new adventures. Next-book-of-our-favorite-fiction, welcome. We're so glad you could make it!

Good news: guess who's back? Greg Heffley, of course. Going into its seventh book, the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has never been more popular. And deservedly so! Jeff Kinney continues to chronicle the life of insightful Greg and clueless Rowley on the perilous road to growing up.

In The Third Wheel we get to reminisce about such iconic school moments as school election, Valentine's dance, plus the Greg-Rowley duo try their luck at being detectives and asking girls out. Aren't these great subjects to go hilariously wrong?

Realistic, yet hugely amusing, this book doesn't need dragons and magic wands to keep its small readers spellbound. The magic is right there on the pages mimicking a pupil's handwriting and illustrated with stick figures which seem surprisingly human. Combining the funny stories with the even more entertaining cartoons, the book is a real magnet for even the most reluctant young reader.

But the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series doesn't only reach for its audience in design – the content is just as age-group friendly as we remember it from the previous books. The stories reflect the mind and world of a clever teenage boy who's always got a good idea and a plan to put into action.

The adventures which he encounters are not that different from what any of his readers might experience, reassuring the world they live in and the attempt to find their own place in the microcosm that is family and school.

Great present for a birthday or to be put under the Christmas tree. The Third Wheel will definitely get any pupil hooked from the first pages. Should you start with the first book, or get the most recent one? - that's the only dilemma you have to decide regarding buying this series.

Funny, easily readable, illustrated and written to the understanding and entertainment of its age-group, no wonder Diary of a Wimpy Kid has reached more than one million laughing kids – who are now eagerly waiting for the next book to come out.


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Hi Jasmine. Thank you for your article. I recently had a young boy tell me that 'Diary of A Wimpy Kid' was the best series of books he had ever read. I know of them but haven't read a volume yet. I am going to get a copy. Best wishes. Marilyn

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  about 5 years ago

Hey Marilyn, That really was a great series of young books, I do hope you peeps enjoy it as much as I did. And thanks for taking the time to comment. Jaz

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  about 5 years ago

Hi Jasmine, My wish to you is a very good morning and the next parts of the day. I just passed by to say hello and to tell you that I liked your article because it is rich and informative. When should we expect to see your profile? Thank you very much.

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  about 7 years ago
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