Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Jeff Kinney

Looking for a book that has a summer vacation theme, is educational and hilarious?  Dog Days, Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Book 4 is the book for you and your elementary/middle school aged child!

Gregg Heffley is a middle school aged boy who wants to stay inside all summer, play video games and watch TV.  Gregg writes about his quest to spend his summer vacation the way he wants to spend it, inside!

The stories that Gregg documents about his summer vacation are very funny.  His adventures include trying to starting his own lawn care business with his best friend Rowley.  The boys owe Rowley's Dad $83 for smoothies that they charged to his account at the country club.  Starting a business is a great way to earn money to pay the tab.  However, business is a bust because Rowley’s Dad will not finance their advertising campaign. Gregg does manage to mow one lawn but because he refuses to mow over dog poop, his Dad has to come back and finish the job.

When I first started reading this book, I was worried because Gregg was against spending his summer the way that I wanted my son to spend his, outside!  My son did not need any bad influences.  However, I had to laugh at the stories because I can remember feeling the way Gregg felt when I was his age.

Dog Days will provide many laughs for kids and adults.  I read this book with my son who is going into 3rd grade this fall.  We had several laugh aloud moments as we read about the summer antics of Gregg and his family.  There are several life lessons that are brought out in the story that make this book educational as well.  A book that is educational, entertaining and that young boy’s will read.  What more could you ask for out of a book?

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