Newest Review: ... or any kind of creative writing. Despite this, my son really enjoyed completing the relevant sections of the book and actually stayed u... more
Diary of a wimpy kid: Do it yourself book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book - Jeff Kinney
Member Name: louisechackett
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book - Jeff Kinney
Advantages: something to keep, grabs the child's atention
Disadvantages: none really
For Christmas this year I bought my son a set of the diary of a wimpy kid books as well as the DVD's because I felt they would link well together and that they would be something he would really enjoy. In the set of books there was a book entitled diary of a wimpy kid do it yourself book and this is the book that I shall review today. The books are written by Jeff Kinney and published by Puffin books. It has a recommended retail price of £6.99 but you can pick it up for just a couple of pounds on amazon in paper back.
The diary of a wimpy kid books focus on a boy named Greg who gets something clear from the start. This is NOT a diary! He didn't want a diary to record his feelings and so he asked for a journal but his mum got him a book with diary written on the front! This do it yourself book is basically a book in which your child can complete and which is basically going to become their very own diary or journal depending on how strongly they feel about the semantics!
The book feels really well put together despite only being a paper back which is a really big positive for me because it has already taken some serious handling from my son! As this is a book in which he is going to record things it is almost as though it is going to become a family heirloom to treasure and look back on and so I want it to be well made and not likely to fall apart just because it is being used regularly.
On the front cover there is space for you to stick a photograph of yourself which I think is a really great way of personalising the book for a child and then there is also a section inside which the child can use to write who the book belongs to, where to return it to and that there is no reward for safe return!
As you flick through this book it basically looks much like an activity book really but it is done in such a clever way. There are plenty of black and white cartoon characters drawn in there to make the pages look fun and interesting and the titles of the pages make it seem a fun activity for a child to complete. There are lots of different things to complete in this book including lists about your favourite things, check lists about things you need to do before you are old or things you have ever done as well as spaces to complete your own comic strips or add to those half completed in the book.
As well as fun things like the above this book has some pages which are going to bring such sentimentality for a parent when they look back at this book in the future. There are pages where a child can write about what they want to be when they grow up, predict the future or draw their future dream house and I just think it makes for such lovely memories.
As well as the sections that the child has some guidance or perhaps a little instruction in completing there is also the second half of the book which has just pages of blank lined paper where the child can start writing about things that happen in their lives thus ultimately creating the diary or journal which again is going to be such a precious thing to look back on in years to come.
My son is seven and totally loves this book. He first read the diary of a wimpy kid book straight after Christmas and I think having this book to read first gave him plenty of inspiration and guidance on how he might like this book to look. I would recommend that the child you give this to has some knowledge of the wimpy kid series or perhaps many of the cartoons and comments will not make sense to them. My son loves all the funny little comments in this book such as those where you have to design a greetings card and on the front you are thanking your aunt for socks but inside shouting "let's stick to money next time!" He also loves the little practical jokes section as well!
When my son comes home from school I know that this is one of the things he will look at before he goes to bed. When he wakes in a morning before me and is very quiet I will often stick my head around his bedroom door to see what he is up to and will find him with his head in this book either reading or writing. It is such an interactive book with so much to look at, fill in and write about even before you get to the actual journal writing section and so it really grabs hold of a child's imagination and makes them want to get stuck in to this book.
I am so pleased that this book came with the set of books I bought for my son because I don't think I would have thought to buy him this one off my own back. He loves that this book is his to do with as he pleases and even seems surprised sometimes when he will ask me "is it ok to....." about something in this book when I reply that it is his and he can put absolutely anything he likes in there. I actually took this book in to my room last night when he was asleep with the intention of writing this review and then sat reading through the things that he had already completed in there and it really does make me so proud of my son. I am sure that in five or ten years time looking back at it again will make me smile even more!
I have no niggles really with this book but if I had to point out one negative I may say that I would have liked there to have been a date section within the diary at the end but I have encouraged my son to include this anyway if nothing else but for memories sake.
Very much recommended as a fun and interactive book which will become something to treasure in future years if it is looked after properly!
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A good buy!