Monday, May 23, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do it Yourself Book

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday  

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do it Yourself Book
by Jeff Kinney

From Amazon Description:
Now you can write your own bestseller!

With The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, you're the author, illustrator, and main character. Filled with loads of interactive pages and plenty of space to write your own life's story, this book is all you need to create your masterpiece. Whatever you do, make sure you put it someplace safe after you finish. Because when you're rich and famous, this thing is going to be worth a fortune.

Includes more than 60 new pages! 32 pages of full-color comics (16 brand-new)!
Like virtually every other kid on the planet, my 9-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter both LOVE the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. This latest book was released May 1st, and my kids are all over it.

My son hates art--hates it--so I didn't think he'd like the Do-it-Yourself version. I. Was. So. Wrong. Not only does he love it, but he'll sit for ages trying to draw a "just right" picture. 

When he's not around, I'll catch my daughter sneaking the book to her bedroom (I am NOT making this up). When she sees me, she says, "I'll just do one. He won't like this one, Mom, I promise." It's seriously adorable. I think she'll probably end up with one of her own, though. Her birthday is next week. Shhhh, don't tell her!

If your kids are on the Wimpy Kid bandwagon, don't pass this one up. It still has lots of reading, but it has plenty of writing/drawing opportunities that will hook even art haters.

*book courtesy of Abrams Books. Thank you, Laura!! 

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Happy Monday!


Kittie Howard said...

Loved the personal touch, Shannon. Reading and drawing are fraternal twins, I think, as the child (anyone, really!) reads and processes, but drawing allows expression of what's processed, and not always from reading, but the sum total. This is a great series!

Barbara Watson said...

This is great to know about. I have an art-hater child who loves the Wimpy Kid books. Thanks!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love this series! It's a huge hit in my classroom :)

Shari said...

That sounds so cool! I hadn't seen this one yet.

Jennie Englund said...

Oh my, this series is a family fave.

Funny about your kiddo hating art, Shannon. He must've had a BAD teacher back in the day.

What are his gifts, I wonder.

Diane said...

Looks like so much fun to make your own. Cool beans! :O)

Old Kitty said...

Awww I think I've read this review already here?! Was it when bad blogger when doollally?!?!?!

Aww but yay for this series cos it got your beautiful babies to be creative!! Fantastic! take care

Old Kitty said...

p.s. I meant "went doollally"!! sorry!! :-) x

Deb Marshall said...

Happy Monday to you too! And...I seriously want one those for my own self, lol!

J.L. Campbell said...

My son read Roderick Rules and I thought he wouldn't have enjoyed the DIY book. Since he's nine too, I might have been wrong.

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Aw, that book sounds like so much fun. I've actually never ready any of the Wimpy books, but I swear I'm always so tempted to pick them up at my local bookstore. This DIY book would have been RIGHT up my alley when I was younger.

Actually, it still might be, lol.

Michael G-G said...

My kids love the DoaWK books too! Your deescription of your daughter sneaking into her room with the book was endearing.

You have been busy this week, also writing the review on Shannon#1's blog! Hat's off to you!

Natalie Aguirre said...

This sounds like a great idea for kids who love this series, especially those who love to draw.

Joanne Fritz said...

I'm a huge Wimpy Kid fan -- have read and own them all except the Do It Yourself book. We've been selling plenty of copies of this new version, though, so I know kids love them!

Good choice for MMGM, Shannon.

Vicki Rocho said...

OMGOMGOMG! I have to get this for my son. I got the first three books at a thrift store and he flips through them in bed every night. He reads 99.99999999% nonfiction (atlases, encyclopedias, equipment manuals) so seeing him with anything fictional is HUGE. And if this encouraged him to WRITE, too I'm in heaven.

Thank you!!!

Anne Payne said...

That's really cute! Mine are too old, but I can certainly see the appeal. They loved the books.

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