We are, among millions of other families, huge fans of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books written and illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jeff Kinney. Meeting him during his book tour was an incredible experience that has peaked my kid’s interest in writing and has left them begging for more Wimpy Kid reading time. You can read about our ride on the Wimpy Kid bus here.
The Third Wheel is the seventh book in the immensely admired The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series. Like the other Wimpy Kid books, it focuses on journal style, humorous writing with abundant drawings that narrate the life of middle schooler, Greg Heffley.
Greg recalls memories of being in the womb, deals with getting locked in the laundry room while babysitting, struggles with sharing space with his uninvited Uncle, campaigning for school elections, the hilarious controversy over quality school toilet paper, being paranoid over getting pantsed in gym class, trying to be cool backfires when his mom embarrassed him over a leather coat at school and his struggle to get a date for the school Valentine’s Day dance which is really more about his funny yet painfully embarrassing errors in judgment than romance!
Love is in the airâ€”but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?
A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation.
An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.
Each situation is hilariously written making the reader feel like it is real.
As a parent, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book out loud. I found myself picking it up and reading ahead without the kids because it is that entertaining! I loved connecting to the middle school mishaps, especially the struggle to find a date to the Valentine’s dance. For example, I asked a boy to the 8th grade Valentine’s dance. That boy now happens to be my husband!
For those students who struggle with reading for pleasure, I highly recommend this book because it is a combination of humor, wit and illustrations that don’t make reading feel like an assignment! This book won’t sit on their bookshelf collecting dust.
The greatest strength in this book is leaving the reader wanting to re-read it again and again. Speaking as a parent, I find that a successful book!
Before the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were published, stories from the first three books appeared digitally for free on the website Funbrain, where they are still available.
I am so excited to be giving one lucky reader (U.S. only) a Wimpy Kid book of their choice from books one through seven!
Rodrick Rules (2008),
The Last Straw(2009),
Dog Days (2009),
The Ugly Truth(2010),
The Third Wheel (2012)
You’re going to love that I am making the entry process extremely simple. To be eligible for the contest, just leave a comment. Here are the specifics:
Mandatory: Leave one comment on this post telling me which book you would select if you won and what your experience is with Wimpy Kid books.
Example: I would pick The Third Wheel because we have all the other books and we are avid Wimpy Kid followers.
I would choose Diary of a Wimpy Kid because we don’t have any experience with the books and I’d like to start reading them to my child.
The rules: One U.S. winner will be selected. They will have 48 hours to respond to me via email before another winner is selected. Your entry must have a valid email so I can contact you. The giveaway ends on December 9th at 11:59 p.m.
I was given a copy of The Third Wheel as part of my review; however, all of my opinions are my own.
Good luck, my friends!
…and the winner is entry #9! Congratulations, Stephanie who wrote, “We love the Wimpy Kid series they are such fun books! My daughter would love The Third Wheel!” You have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be drawn.