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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3)
By Jeff Kinney

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Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out.

 

Greg and his family and friends, who make the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books a must-read for middle school readers, are back and at their best in this hilarious new installment of the series, which is sure to please current fans while attracting new ones.

This highly anticipated third book in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series takes the art of being wimpy to a whole new level.

 

Publishers Weekly-1/19/2009:

The third book in this genre-busting series is certain to enlarge Kinney’s presence on the bestseller lists, where the previous titles have taken up residence for the past two years. Kinney’s spot-on humor and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons are back in full force. This time, Greg starts off on New Year’s Day (he resolves to “help other people improve,” telling his mother, “I think you should work on chewing your potato chips more quietly”) and ends with summer vacation. As he fends off his father’s attempts to make him more of a man (the threat of military school looms), Greg’s hapless adventures include handing out anonymous valentines expressing his true feelings (“Dear James, You smell”), attempting to impress his classmate Holly and single-handedly wrecking his soccer team’s perfect season. Kinney allows himself some insider humor as well, with Greg noting the “racket” children’s book authors have going. “All you have to do is make up a character with a snappy name, and then make sure the character learns a lesson at the end of the book.” Greg, self-centered as ever, may be the exception proving that rule. Ages 8–12.


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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #982 in Books
  • Brand: Amulet Books
  • Published on: 2009-01-01
  • Released on: 2009-01-13
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.00" h x .75" w x 5.50" l, .83 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 224 pages

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From Publishers Weekly
The third book in this genre-busting series is certain to enlarge Kinney's presence on the bestseller lists, where the previous titles have taken up residence for the past two years. Kinney's spot-on humor and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons are back in full force. This time, Greg starts off on New Year's Day (he resolves to "help other people improve," telling his mother, "I think you should work on chewing your potato chips more quietly") and ends with summer vacation. As he fends off his father's attempts to make him more of a man (the threat of military school looms), Greg's hapless adventures include handing out anonymous valentines expressing his true feelings ("Dear James, You smell"), attempting to impress his classmate Holly and single-handedly wrecking his soccer team's perfect season. Kinney allows himself some insider humor as well, with Greg noting the "racket" children's book authors have going. "All you have to do is make up a character with a snappy name, and then make sure the character learns a lesson at the end of the book." Greg, self-centered as ever, may be the exception proving that rule. Ages 8-12.
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From Booklist
For those wondering why tween boys don’t read very much, the answer is that more books aren’t like this. In this third (but not last, despite the subtitle’s implication) series entry, Greg Heffley, the Georgia Nicolson of American middle-school males, is just trying to get through life. In hilarious diary entries, he details his attempts to get along with his brothers; a potential romance; and his dad’s futile efforts to turn him into a jock, which reinforce Kinney’s well-realized theme that grown-ups just don’t get it. While diary may not be the most macho term, as Greg will be the first to tell you, the format certainly hooks the target audience with its printlike font, straightforward language, and copious cartoons. As the book opens, Greg is eschewing New Year’s resolutions: “It’s not easy for me to think of ways to improve myself, because I’m already pretty much one of the best people I know.” And while it is clear to all that he is no saint, he is real, and many kids will agree with that self-assessment. Grades 5-8. --Andrew Medlar

Review
The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Sun Kinney is right up there with J K Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet. Independent Hilarious! Sunday Telegraph The most hotly anticipated children's book of the year is here - Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Big Issue


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5The Only Books My Brother Enjoys Reading
By sheepish114
This book is exactly what I have been looking for! I bought all of the books in the set for my little brother, for Christmas, and I couldn't be happier with my find. All of the books were in brand new condition and the prices were unbeatable. I decided I had to get my brother the whole set for Christmas, since they are the only books that he's ever taken an interest in. In fact, not only was he interested in them, he was absolutely enthralled! From start to finish, I think he only put book #1 down to sleep. So, I thought he just has to have the rest of them one, so that he'll keep going. I'm so glad that I found these books.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5The book was in great condition, I don't know why people would buy ...
By Jessica
My son loves the wimpy kid books. The book was in great condition, I don't know why people would buy new books anyways. I ordered two books from the same company and they were sent together but I had to pay separate shipping doe noh which I found to be odd but considering the books were under a dollar each I suppose that is how they make the money. Overall they are good books that I would purchase again and I will probably order more in the future.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Kids loved it
By Mama Vida
I bought 3 of these. One for my nephew who is 8, and 2 for my grandsons ages 12 and 10. They loved it, but again they love the whole series.

One of my grandson couldn't put it down, he is 10. He read the whole thing in a day. Only took him that long because he read another one and it was Christmas day so he was playing outside with other kids.

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