Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2)

by Jeff Kinney (Author)

Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book!

Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.

Whatever you do, don't ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn't want to talk about it.

As Greg enters the new school year, he's eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular.
Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg's attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.

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Publisher's Weekly

Starred Review

Kinneys junior-high diarist returns to chronicle another years worth of comic moments in this riotous sequel. Once again, school-related drama constitutes a good portion of Gregs subject matter, from an ongoing correspondence with a pen pal (Im pretty sure 'aquaintance doesnt have a 'c in it. You really need to work on your English, Greg replies to the French students polite introduction) to mastering book reports by writing exactly what the teacher wants to hear (There were a bunch of hard words in this book, but I looked them up in the dictionary so now I know what they mean). As in the previous book, cartoons form part of the narrative, corroborating (or disproving) Gregs statements. He claims that kids with last names at the start of the alphabet are smartest, and a side-by-side comparison of prim über-nerd Alex Aruda and gap-toothed Christopher Ziegel drives the point home. Additionally, Kinney fleshes out the often testy relationships between Greg and his slacker older sibling, Rodrick, and his little brother, Manny (when Greg gets mad at Manny for shoving a cookie in his video game system, the toddler protests, Im ownwy thwee! and offers a ball of tinfoil with toothpicks shoved through to apologize). The hilarious interplay between text and cartoons and the keen familial observations that set "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" apart are just as evident in this outing, and are just as likely to keep readers in stitches. Ages 8-up. "(Feb.)"

Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8 Hapless and hilarious Greg Heffley returns with another diary full of the minor irritations, major disasters, and occasional triumphs of a wimpy boy's middle school life. Kinney combines hand-written text with comical cartoons to present a character who is self-centered, sneaky, and dishonest, but also occasionally insightful and always very funny. Older brother Rodrick is his primary nemesis this time, partly because he threatens to spill Greg's embarrassing secret to the whole world. A nerdy best friend, a little brother who gets away with everything, and a bunch of clueless adults add significantly to Greg's problems. Readers, of course, will note that most of the narrator's troubles are self-inflicted, as when he wraps himself in toilet paper to avoid hypothermia in the boys' bathroom, does a disastrous job of pet-sitting, or decides to "wing it" for his school report on "The Amazing Moose." He's a character that readers can laugh at and empathize with at the same time. The line drawings that appear on every page play a large part in bringing Greg's world to life, providing humorous characterizations and details not mentioned in words. They also extend the appeal of the book to readers who are still a few years away from middle school themselves. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams, 2007) has been wildly popular, and this sequel should be an equally big hit with reluctant readers, especially boys, and anyone looking for a funny book.--Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and the Awesome Friendly Kid series. He is a six-time Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award winner for Favorite Book and has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England, where he and his wife own a bookstore named An Unlikely Story.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781419741869
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
T
Publication date
February 20, 2008
Series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Garden State Children's Book Awards
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