Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Book Addict Reviews: Roderick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2) by Jeff Kinney

Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Siblings, Humor
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Rating: 3 stars
Borrowed book from library. 

In A Nutshell:
I enjoyed this continuation of Greg's story--but I was not so enchanted with the story that I am compelled to read the next book in the series.  If I see it, I will probably pick it up but I do not think I will seek it out.

Greg's mom is so proud of him for finishing his first journal, she immediately went and got him another journal to chronicle this year.  And in that journal we are re-acquainted with a lot of the same cast of characters that charmed us in the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Greg is still full of crazy schemes and wild ideas.  Rowley is still the faithful sidekick who always manages to come out ahead despite Greg's perceptions.  And Rodrick--well Rodrick is still the band member/big brother who flip flops between ignoring Greg and terrorizing Greg.

Overall, this book continued many of the same elements from the original.  In some ways I found this consistency appealing.  But the consistency also made the book a little too predictable to hold my attention for too long.  I think if the book had been any longer I would have really struggled to stay interested enough to finish the book.    

Jeff Kinney is able to bring out a lot of youthfulness and playfulness through his story and his drawings.  The book moves fast and is a relatively light and easy read.  There are quite a few parts that are laugh-out-loud funny, which was a little embarrassing when I was reading it at McDonald's while my daughter played in the play area.

Overall, I am glad I read it but I am not 100% sure if I will read the next book in the series or not.  I am not opposed to continuing to read more of the series--but I am also not driven to run out and get the next book either.

I have the movie at my house, so I plan to watch and see if it compliments the book:


  1. my kids (i have 3 boys)love these books and we've seen the movie about 100 times