My son started asking to read the Wimpy kid books in second grade, but I had him wait until third grade for various reasons. The books are in pretty high demand at his school but he managed to read all of them in the first few months of school. Scholastic sent me a copy of the latest book, Cabin Fever, just in time for our vacation over Thanksgiving, and he devoured the book on the flight to Florida.
Jeff Kinney got the idea for Cabin Fever this past winter; as anyone who lives in New England knows it was a particularly brutal one with snow piling up for three months straight. The snowstorm that traps Greg Heffley and his family in their house doesn’t blow through until near the end of the book, but as always it’s a fun ride getting there.
Greg’s latest journal entries cover the stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas, which make him a nervous wreck due to the high pressure of good behavior. Shoveling the driveway, a bumper sticker on his dad’s new car and putting up posters get Greg into some pretty funny mishaps, including a run-in with the law. While he has a good heart, he doesn’t always use his head, and I think most kids will laugh at his thought processes, even if they’re a bit far-fetched.
Greg also has to contend with his little brother Manny, who has perfected maternal manipulation and bugs Greg to no end. Manny’s save-yourself reaction to the snow storm that traps them in their house had me laughing out loud.
Cabin Fever also covers some of the recent school-related trends – bully prevention, fundraising, healthy food in schools and many other familiar topics are presented in a way kids and parents alike will find amusing.
While this is the sixth book in the series, Cabin Fever can be enjoyed without having read the previous books. Fans of the series will love the latest look into the mind of Greg Heffley.
Win it! Scholastic is offering a copy of Cabin Fever to 1 lucky winner, U.S. addresses only. Leave a comment below and the winner will be announced December 14. This giveaway is closed.
Nancy does not look back on middle school with fond memories. She writes about her 2 boys, books and life in Colorado at Life With My Boys and Books.