A friend recently gave me a book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a novel in cartoons, by Jeff Kinney. A used to LOVE the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, and Kinney’s comedic style reminds me of Watterson’s humor somehow. The story follows Greg Heffley who finds himself “thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving.”
Here’s how the book kicks off:
Here’s a good example of the humor as Greg actually does use his diary quite often:
Once I got past wondering whether I was given this book because someone thought I’d relate with the Wimpy Kid and decided to assume the thinking was just that the book was incredibly funny, I read it…cover to cover.
While Greg (the wimpy kid) clearly lacks heroic traits and suffers from a pretty flawed sense of loyalty towards his best friend Rowley, his complete lack of pretense is likable. Greg pretty much does whatever he feels like, and his lack of social savvy keeps him low on the popularity pole. Ahhh…those middle school years– so ripe with humiliation, confusion, social mishaps, and dumb ideas gone wrong. Thanks Jeff Kinney for reminding us how great it is to be on this side of puberty.