Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Much The Same

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6:  Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

Adolescent Graphic Novel

This book is much the same as the others.  So, if books #1-5 appealed to you, you will like this one too.

The 'cabin fever' of the title refers to Greg's situation of being snowed in at home--with his mother and brothers and no electricity.  However, Greg is not necessarily anxious to return to school because he just might have, accidentally, caused some vandalism there. 

Greg is in mortal agony:  desperate to get away from his family and go back to school but also dreading going back lest he be arrested and sent to prison!

This is a topic that so many kids can relate to--the awful feeling of having done something wrong and just waiting for someone to discover it.  Young readers will also be able to relate to a snow day gone haywire.  Many days off with only your wacky family for entertainment and no electricity and the food choices less than yum-worthy.  This read should make every kid appreciate school.

I've seen lots of complaints on Amazon from parents that Greg is not not a proper or acceptable role model.  He isn't supposed to be!  This is pure over-the-top escapist fun.  Everything that Greg says or does is a lesson in doing the exact opposite.  That's what makes these books so funny.  Grey says and does things we wish we could say or do, but human decency prevents us.  Greg is not humanly decent, for the most part.  But, he sure is fun.  This book, all the books, are for adolescent reluctant readers, for a reason, and those readers will love this new installment.

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