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We are avid Jeff Kinney/Heffley Family fans in my house. We were so excited for the release of this book as all the others have been slam dunk bedtime hits with my kids. Unfortunately, this one missed the mark. It focused on Rodrick and the story is told by Greg. It didn't have any of the usual nuanced humor the prior books had. The story felt forced and really fell flat with the adults and kiddo that read it. I am hopeful this is a blip in the series and the next one will pick up where the prior ones had highlighting the normal insanity a regular family experiences, but putting a humorous twist to it. This book wasn't relatable and missed the mark. We look forward to the next book, but in the interim, we will re-read this one. Maybe we just need a second read?
Puerile? Yes. Silly? Yes. Disgusting in places? Sure - I mean look at the title, name of the band. But in for a penny, in for a pound as they say and having read the previous 16, I had to continue. Don't know if my sophomoric sense of humor will ever go away (hope not, I'm a bit attached to it after 76 years) but this series has been a lot of fun over the years. Marking this one down to average since it is probably the weakest of the recent offerings - told by Greg, but features mainly his brother and friends so many of the usual characters - Greg's family and friends - get scant attention. Many of the situations stretch credulity - where is the money coming from to fund the stunts of the unemployed band wanting to perform in a battle of the bands? Still, an interesting distraction, quick read and entertaining.
I wouldn't say I liked the fact that you couldn't feel like Greg's opinion was shared, which he usually has something to say. Also, this was more about Rodrick than Greg and It just feels like Greg's personality wasn't showing as much as in the other books. But it is an the excellent book overall. I like the diary of a wimpy kid series. It is one of my favorite series. I hope that a new diary of a wimpy kid book comes out in the future. I hope that if a diary of a wimpy kid book comes out in the future, Greg's personality will show more.
My grandson hasn't seen it yet we haven't had our Christmas yet but it appears in great condition it was wrapped up and looks brand new I haven't opened it, I guess I should before it's to late to return it.
Not the same as the others. This one is all about the band, and I should have realized that before I purchased it, but I would’ve purchased it anyway! I have them all, but this one is certainly my least favorite.