Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mum from the White Warlock
Sound fun? It is! This is another great Wimpy Kid story but this time interwoven between the Wimpy Kid and his perspective is the introduction of magical creatures, mythical lands and adventure and a much loved quest!
This never put down story is one from children aged 8 and up – purely because at this age with the different concepts of magic and myth, it helps to have a bit more worldly experience.
The illustrations are fun, adding more humour and storytelling and the bright orange cover is definitely a stand out on the bookshelf.
All children love magic and myths and I really liked how they were used in this story, joining children’s love of The Wimpy Kid and possibly a new concept of myth. This could be a great way to entice reluctant readers into new genres and topics.
This book is also great in that Rowley tells the reader just how much he loves writing and loves books – so perfect for children to see a character that is like them talk like this.
The Diary of a Wimpy kid is a great first reader for independent readers as having the illustrations can help with understanding. The only issue I have with these books is that they are loved so much and the structure of the language used in the books can influence students’ own writing. Don’t get me wrong, it is great to see children reading these books but just be aware of how they write their own stories and that they are not always written in first person or with slang style referencing.