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Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 5: The Ugly Truth [Hardcover]

Jeff Kinney
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Nov. 9 2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 5)

Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be?

 

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth”?


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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and four-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid entry in the series Nov. 15 2010
By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
I should start off by saying that compared to the original book, I don't think any of the sequels matches up. Number 1 is by far the funniest. So in that light, this book is 4 stars. Compared to other books in general, this is still a five-star comedy for kids and adults who sometimes think like kids. Greg is just starting to deal with the onset of puberty (although it hasn't hit him yet), and between his eternal search to be cool and trying talk to girls, he has lots of misadventures along the way. There's the attempts at fooling the new "maid", who turns out to be a lot harder to fool then he thought. There's the upcoming family wedding, full of family "fun". His immediate family is surprisingly absent from most of his big problems, but the rest of his family has no problems filling in for him. "Health" class and its new birds and bees lessons are just as awkward for Greg as they are in real life. And of course, there's the big school sleep-over that eventually all goes down the toilet (I loved the flushing the cheesies down the toilet bit).

Compared to the other books in this series, I think this is the best one since the original. From a kids perspective, I was told that I should warn that there is a picture of a boy's butt in this book. It's not pretty, but it is funny. Beyond that, the humor here is a *little* bit more mature in general, but still accessible to the average child reader. I suppose the strongest recommendation is that the kids I know who read it were sorry it ended so quickly (i.e., the roughly 200 pages went by too fast!). Kids wanting to read more is as good a recommendation as you can get, so maybe I'll leave it at that. If you're a fan of the series, this is a good read.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents." -- Genesis 25:27 (NKJV)

When summer's over, harsh reality returns with the school bell. For Greg Heffley, the school building door might as well be labeled, "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." Greg and Rowley (his only "friend" and usually a happy victim) have had a fight, so Greg is on his own, and he laments that ". . . it seems like EVERYONE is having more fun than me these days." Undaunted, he puts on a brave show, but there's a new threat: puberty is starting for some classmates and the adults want to share too much information about it for Greg's taste. On top of that, Greg's mom is going back to school, and the "men" in the house have to take up the load. What's a guy to do?

The jokes, the hilarious situations, the self-deluding day dreams, and new indignities pile up faster than Greg can make a mess out of them.

One of the beauties of this series is that it's written to appeal about equally to the 10-12 aged group and to adults, who will be reminded of events and thoughts they haven't considered in decades . . . but that were once "life and death." I suspect that the older group will like this book even more than the younger set. For the young people, there's an extra reward in being able to laugh about the events with friends.

Will Greg make it through? Read the book, and you'll agree that the journey is more fun than the destination.

I "devoured" this book. I didn't realize that I could become so deeply engaged in a book that I spent so little time with.

For me, this is the best book in the series and promises more good things to come as Greg gets a little older.

I marvel that Jeff Kinney can remember all of these predictable youth crises and capture them in such a fresh and engaging way. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Children Jan. 1 2011
Format:Hardcover
Once this book arrived all three of my children immediately started fighting over it. So I knew it was a good choice.

They read it in days and now can't wait until the next one.

I love buying books for them and Amazon makes it easy.

Tompkins
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 17 2014
By Judy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Received book in a very tmely manner, the price was great. I purchased this book for a family member, and I am sure she will love it.
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