Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it.
Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three
months behind him . . . and one event in particular. Unfortunately for
Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg
wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . .
especially when a diary is involved.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick
Rules chronicles Greg’s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle
school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and
most important, keep his secret safe. The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling book!
Greg Heffley is back, and with him the trappings that made his first
outing, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), such a popular triumph. Once again
diarist Greg chronicles a hilarious litany of problems, alternating
between home and school, focusing this time on the particular
punishments of his reprobate older brother, Rodrick. Whether Greg is
suffering on the swim team or trying out for the K–12 school talent
show as Magician’s Assistant to a First Grader, his escapades are united
by his struggle to avoid embarrassment. As before, he peppers his
journal entries with his own cartoons (in look and tone, a sort of
hybrid of The Simpsons and the Timbertoes), using them as any
12-year-old would—to add insult to injury. But the real and deeper
appeal of Greg’s story is the unapologetic honesty of his adolescence;
he comes across as a real kid, and his story is one that will appeal to
all those real kids who feel just like him. Grades 5-8. --Thom