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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

As reviewed on The Cafe, TV3!

Jeff Kinney has sold over 200 million copies of his books, but at first he didn’t want to be an author, he wanted to be a newspaper cartoonist. But that didn’t work for him at the time, so he came up with the idea for the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. He worked on it for almost eight years before showing it to a publisher in New York. The rest is history, and he’s now up to the 14th book in the series!


The new book, Wrecking Ball is about Greg Heffley and his family after their Aunt Reba dies, and they inherit some money. The family decide to spend the money on home improvement, but they soon discover that it is not straight forward! Once the walls come down there all sorts of problems – rotten wood, toxic mould and a hard to please building inspector. It gets so bad that the family consider moving rather than renovating!


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball is really funny, and I like how the illustrations compliment the story. The Wimpy Kid books are ones that every kid of my age will relate to. I love The Block on TV3, so with all the home renovation this book reminded me of that, but for younger people!


Reviewer: Milla McKenzie-Brown

Published by Penguin Random House

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