Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and five-time Nickelodeon Kids& Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine&s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine&s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, Massachusetts, where he owns a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.
Gr 4-8-In Greg Heffley's second adventure in middle school, family relationships play a large part, though school friends and shenanigans are still featured. Jeff Kenney's sequel (2008) to Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2008, both Abrams/Amulet Books) elaborates on Greg's relationship with his overbearing older brother Roderick, who knows Greg's most embarrassing secret and uses the knowledge to get the boy to fall in line with his plans. Through experiences such as being locked in the basement while Roderick throws a party for his high school friends, attempting to buy one of Roderick's old history papers when he neglects to do his homework, or trying to get on his younger brother's good side so as to avoid a parental scolding, Greg continues to journal his experiences in a genuine fashion, even when this puts him in a bad light. The seventh grader's misadventures are sure to strike a chord with young listeners, and narrator Ramon de Ocampo provides an expressive and captivating performance. However, the subtext provided by Kinney's sketches is missing, and many of the jokes fall flat without the book's accompanying illustrations-so make sure to have the book available.-Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.