I'm so excited NPR has selected Diary of a Wimpy Kid for the Backseat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds because I LOVE this book. It's been awhile since I was 9-14, but this book made me feel like a kid again.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid started out as a web comic on funbrain.com and it was so popular that the book series was born. Part of the appeal of these books is that they look and sound like the actual diary of a kid.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, book 1 is the chronicle of the day-to-day life of Greg Heffley as he deals with middle school bullies, his older brother, his friend Rowley's rising popularity, and the stinky piece of cheese that's hanging around on the playground. Greg is often clueless (and always snarky), and his retelling of the events in his life make for hilarious reading.
This is the perfect book for summer reading! If this book doesn't make you and the young people in your life laugh, I don't know what will. After you finish the first book in the series you'll definitely want to keep going, so be sure to check out the rest of the series and our Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alikes.
To participate, read or listen to the book then send your questions to NPR. Learn more on the NPR website and stay tuned for Jeff Kinney answering questions on All Things Considered at the end of June! For an idea of how much fun this will be, check out the 2009 interview with Jeff Kinney that actually inspired the idea of a kids book club on NPR!