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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 inference) 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.--Medlar, Andrew Copyright 2009 Booklist
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Gr 4-8-Greg Heffley's crazy antics continue in this latest installment in the series. Kinney portrays humorous and touching family dynamics between the boy and his competitive father, whom he seems to disappoint numerous times. The fast-paced narrative successfully balances Greg's home and school life, revealing an egocentric yet lovable character. As in the previous books, cartoons and journal entries blend seamlessly to convey Greg's middle school angst. His uncanny ability to fall into amusing predicaments will win even more converts to this popular series. His witty voice coupled with memorable characterization will have this offering flying off the shelves.-Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.