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The Diary of a Wimpy Kids series was one that was recommended to me by many moms. The Diary of a Wimpy Kids series is the #1 bestselling series by Jeff Kinney.  We were familiar with this series in our home but had not yet had the opportunity to read it, so its pretty obvious to say that I had 2 very excited kids. My daughter won the toss up for getting to read the series first.  
It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.  Each book takes your through his day and experiences of growing up.  Each book of the series is filled with embarrassment, humor, lessons and life learning.
These books are an easy, entertaining read and perfect for a kid who loves cartoon characters. The story is written in journal form accompanied my sketched and drawings about what is happening.  I think this is a really fun style for kids because it helps them to not only read what is happening, but also see what is happening. The handwriting and style of the sketches are as it was written and illustrated by the child which makes it relatable and fun to read.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is geared towards ages 8 through 12, but with all books its important to know your child and know their readiness.  My daughter is 8 and I felt that she was able to completely understand the lessons learned in the books.  It is important to be aware that Greg Heffley is a kid.  Kids aren’t perfect and don’t always make the right choices.  He has to learn from his choices and grow from his choices.  This is where I think a mature reader is important because they are able to separate right and wrong and learn from Greg’s mistakes.  I think that kids will be able to relate to this story and hopefully have the ability to learn how to “survive” in these situations, making the right choices.  
Both of my kids have now read and finished the whole series and really enjoyed it.  I actually found that it opened up communication where they wanted to understand more about what Greg was going through and so we talked about his choices and what better options would be.  I feel they learned a lot of asking questions and talking.  I really like when a book engages a kid in a way that they want to understand more about how it relates to their own life and how they can learn from it.  
I am very picky in my home about words that my kids use.  You will find many words in these books, like Jerk, stupid, dumb, dork, heck, shoot, freak, and butt, that I find to be not acceptable to be used, but I understand that kids around them use them all the time. This gave me the opportunity to talk to them about the words they were seeing and explain to them about why they aren’t necessary to use but to understand that they will be hearing them used. This series keeps your kid interested, laughing and learning through all 7 books.  I would recommend this book for a very mature 8 year old, up through adults.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID:  HARD LUCK, book 8 will be on sale November 5th, 2013.
 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck  and the whole series is on Amazon, today.