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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Overlode

Authored by Jeff Kinney
Published by Penguin Random House Children's UK

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a multinational, award winning series with millions of books sold worldwide. I am not sure I could have envisioned this series going as far as it has or with as many titles but it has been proven popular year after year, with new generations of reader discovering Greg Heffley and his friends and family.

Known for its diary style and highly illustrated format, it is a known and welcome quantity for many readers. The series is based on humour, silly antics and awkward situations that Greg is generally at the centre of. Readers know what to expect and they can be read easily and quickly.

Both of my own children went through a phase of reading the series and the new books were an expected and hopeful purchase when they were released. I was pleased to see them reading and voraciously getting through several books. As an educator and librarian, I know there are better quality books out there for readers but it is increasingly harder to argue with the number of readers and volume of purchases of each title as it is released.

In this book, Greg gets in over his head with helping Loded Diper, Roderick’s band. Rock and roll is exhausting and the band don’t seem to help themselves leading to arguments, exhaustion and money troubles. Readers will find the story funny and full of the regular comedy that comes with each Wimpy Kid.

Shortlisted for the The British Book Awards 2023 in the Children’s Fiction Book of the Year Category