Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney is perhaps the most anticipated book of the year for my students. I added Kinney’s first book in the series to my library last year and it quietly made a few ripples. This year, my students became obsessed. My two copies flew from student to student, never returning to my shelf! When the book fair sold paperback copies at least half of my students purchased one. They begged our librarian to add a copy to the library. They recommended it to their siblings. They read parts aloud to their parents. It took over! Since November they have asked at least once a week if I was able to track down an ARC. Well, this weekend our librarian came home from ALA Midwinter with a copy of it. She immediately cataloged it and gave it to us.

You would have thought I was offering each student a million dollars when I asked who wanted to read it. We ended up pulling a name out of a hat and they developed strict rules- each student gets the book for one day and one night. Then it must be passed on. I have also ordered two more copies from Scholastic’s book clubs (which will be here on Monday and will go into circulation immediately!). Today, I watched as the student who currently has the book read it in the library, with three more students reading over his shoulders! It was a sight to see, and made me so very proud. Jeff Kinney has made these students love reading.

Before sharing the book, I did manage to read it myself. I have to say, this one is even funnier than the first! I caught myself laughing out loud at a few points. You see, Greg is getting ready to go back to school. But his wasn’t the typical summer vacation. Do not ask Greg how he spent his summer, because he is not about to tell anyone. Let’s just say, it’s even worse than the fact that his mom won’t buy him a real bathing suit and makes him wear his older brother’s hand-me-down speedo. Yes, even more humiliating than that! Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But as we all know, secrets never stay secret for long.

Kinney’s books really work wonders for reluctant readers. They build confidence, make the students laugh out loud, and are realistic. The sibling relationships between Greg and his brothers reminded me of my own house growing up. Brothers can be cruel, and it’s every man for himself!  The scenes in school are everyschool- they make my almost-middle schoolers laugh out loud.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of both of Kinney’s books. And next September we can look forward to “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw”! By the way, my bet is on a green cover for the next one.

37 Responses

  1. Great pick for reluctant readers.

  2. My 19-yr-old daughter gave my 12-yr-old son this book for Christmas. He’s a voracious reader, but he loved this book!

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  4. its a great book for kids and adults ALL ages.

  5. This book is awesome! I begged my mom to give me this book and she did ! I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooVe this Book its so Lol Lol Lol Lol Ttyl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. its so awsomeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!111

  7. My son does NOT like to read, but found this book at his school book fair……in one day he has almost finished the book!!! He is a VERY reluctant reader..thanks Jeff Kinney!

  8. All my students loved this book when I read this one and the first one! I swear they were laughing so loud 3 classrooms next to us could here them! When the 3rd book comes out I am so buying it and sharing it to my class! Good job, Jeff!

  9. OMG…I LOVE both of these books! I’m 11, and several of my classmates have read BOTH these books; they’re HILARIOUS!!! We always LOL when we read them! By the way, all you bloggers, a third Diary of a Wimpy Kid IS coming out and is already on sale at Barnes & Noble Booksellers…it’s called DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LAST STRAW. I’m definitely getting it!!!

  10. The first one was great and the second one I hope will be a lot better.

  11. I say a yellow cover.

  12. OMG! I just finished the first book! It was so funny. I’m ten and everyone says I’m always reading but, I’m picky about my books. I want to read the second so bad! I read the first online but, I can’t find a place online where you can read the other one for free. I’ll keep looking though.


  14. seriously. Online.

  15. I love that book it always makes me laugh reading it

  16. this book is pretty good

  17. l like it alot because it is really intresting i had a fun time reading it thank you for the intresting book.
    your truly ette

  18. this book is soooo funny i read it 3 times!!!

  19. OMG! I loved the first one! and the second one I just can’t wait to read it! I hope it’s funny and is great as the first one! YOU ROCK JEFF KENNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOPE YOU MAKE MORE!

  20. Its an awsome book!
    I wish i could find a place to read it online..
    Anyone know were?


  21. the 2nd book was sooooooooooooooooo funny

  22. read on fun brain

  23. you can read the first book on funbrain.com. for free NO KIDDING. also there are a number of other great comic books and books there. just go to
    http://www.funbrain.com click on reading and select the book of your choice. hope i could help.
    btw – i typed this with my left hand. yay me. LOL…..
    visit my website http://www.cheetas4ever.piczo.com and leave a message. if you want your website to be made tell me or make your own on piczo and mail me i will visit. keep in touch. K.I.T.

  24. omg…so far this book is great.

  25. i like this book alot. but i LOVE the twilight series much much better. its really weird how my name is isabella too!! i am seriously obsessed tho (with a capitol O) lol


  26. I LOVE UR BOOKS THEY ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. ur books r the best!!!!!!

  28. on a friday at school period eight i was working with my techer in the library and she asked me to read this book and she ssaid just to read 15 pages and then i got home and i started reading it on saturday at 10:05 a.m and i finished 1:15 pm i was so happy and i love this book so much and then later that day i was on my way to the library to get another one and it had just closed i was sooo sad so i’m going in the morning! thank you so much Jeff Kinney ( P.S. my friends name is kyle kinney haha)

  29. I ADDORE your books! lie to me say, i really think I can tickle your funny bone! Peiried! Love,Ryan.!?

  30. this book i just got don reading was a realy good book and i just got don seeing the movie witch was really better

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  32. Great read for any kid! Loads of info. Not just for little kids, My mom loved it too!

  33. dis buk’s jst awesome!!!…alll ma frndz….r buzy….readin dis buk…m seekin 4 the 6th part…wch s 2 b publshd n nov…oh!…i seriously can’t wait tll denn…

  34. this is the best book ever i just love rodrick

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  36. my Library teacher has all Diary of a wimpy kid books cooool!!!!!

  37. I like this book because it was a nice

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