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Review – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

November 29, 2014

The Long Haul

I’ve been a fan of the Wimpy Kid books ever since I read the first book four years ago.  This graphic novel series by Jeff Kinney is for the younger set and is told from the point of view of Greg Heffley, a young man with an inflated sense of self.

In The Long Haul, the ninth book in this popular series, Greg’s mother decides the family should go on a road trip.

She said the whole point of this trip is to do things we’ve never done before and to have “authentic” experiences.

Greg’s mom bans electronics and says everyone should pack “the bare minimum.” Still, space is an issue and Greg finds himself smashed in the back of the family’s van.  As they go on their adventure, or should I say misadventure, that turns out to be the least of his worries.

This story is told in the traditional diary format and includes lots of Kinney’s great drawings but, for some reason, it’s my least favorite of the bunch.  That’s not to say I didn’t like it – I liked it a great deal – I just didn’t love it the way I have the rest of the series.  I think it’s because Greg (and his ego) wasn’t the focus of this book the way he has been in the rest of the series.  Still, the book is well worth reading.  As with the rest of the series, The Long Haul can stand alone but I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to read the whole series.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2014 9:24 am

    Again, I missed hearing about a new release in this series. I will have to grab this asap! With the last couple of books however, I’ve been feeling that the series is getting a bit repetitive, but still, it’s a lot of fun to read.

  2. November 29, 2014 10:48 am

    My grandson is 8 and this series is the only set of fiction books he will read. He’s read each one more than once and Santa is bringing this newest one to him. I am grateful to the author for creating books that little boys especially can gravitate to. I think he can relate to the MC, though I haven’t read them so don’t know exactly why he can 🙂

    Thanks for shedding more light on this intriguing series.

  3. Patty permalink
    November 29, 2014 11:52 am

    Love Wimpy Kid! Thank you for reminding me of this book!

  4. November 29, 2014 11:58 am

    I still haven’t read these!

  5. November 29, 2014 12:23 pm

    I like the premise of the book. An adventure with no electronics!

  6. November 29, 2014 2:30 pm

    I have heard the other speak but have yet to read one of the books… I must correct that! 🙂

  7. November 29, 2014 4:27 pm

    My granddaughter loves this series!

  8. November 29, 2014 8:43 pm

    When this one came in the mail my 10 year old retreated to his room and was not seen again until he finished reading it!

  9. November 30, 2014 8:52 am

    I bet my son would have liked this series when he was young. I could only get him to read Roadl Dahl (he loved his books).

  10. booksnyc permalink
    November 30, 2014 11:36 am

    My nephew loves this whole series and I am getting the latest one for him for Christmas. Can’t wait to watch him devour it!

  11. November 30, 2014 6:34 pm

    Thanks for a terrific review! I haven’t read any of these books but they sound like fun.

  12. November 30, 2014 9:20 pm

    I’ve never read any of these! Brave mom to go on a family roadtrip without electronics. This series sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

  13. bookingmama permalink
    December 4, 2014 10:30 pm

    Booking Son read it in three days so he must have liked it!

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