diary of a wimpy kid – journal

July 4, 2011

books for kids

My older boys (8 and 9 years old) have had their noses stuck in a book for the past week – heads down, pencils in hand.

The focus of their obsession is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Do-It Yourself Book.

Diary of Wimpy Kid Do it Yourself.jpg

I love books that provide prompts for journal writing, creative writing, or art activities. And this is a brilliant book for kids!

It is loaded with writing and drawing prompts that appeal to kids like “what’s in your brain?”, “predict your future”, “your dream home”, “make your own time capsule”, lists of most and least favourites, “your life as a superhero”, “your desert island picks”, and so on. There are opportunities to draw the end of comics, and also to create one’s own comics. Then, when the kids have finished all of the prompts, there are lots of blank pages at the end of the book to continue their writing and drawing. The book is probably aimed more at boys because there is the requisite amount of grossness that boys seem to enjoy.

Highly recommended.

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6 Comments on “diary of a wimpy kid – journal”

  1. InsideJourneys Says:

    I was wondering what had them with their heads stuck in a book for a week. I thought you were going to say there were studying — but for what?
    Thanks for writing about this book. My nephew’s 5 and draws a lot. I’ll have to look for it here in America and get a couple copies for him and my other little cousins. Boys learn so differently. You’re right – they need the requisite amount of grossness.
    Thanks for sharing, Narelle!

    PS: I just downloaded all my comments from Disqus. Yippeee!!!


    • hakea Says:

      Hi Marcia

      Good to see ya!

      Some people may say that this book is too prescriptive, and kids should just be given blank paper. But this book is $10 worth of good fun.

      My middle boy is a prolific story writer and illustrator. We have boxes and boxes of his creations. He was thinking about becoming an author until he got it into his head that the life of a spy is far more exciting. This book has given him inspiration for other stories and styles of drawing.

      I know some girls who think gross is fun, but looking at it again it really does appear to be aimed at boys with its line of questioning and options. Which in a politically correct world would be not so good because it is gender stereotyping. But, it is still $10 worth of good fun.

      It might be a springboard for those kids who have lost their confidence in drawing and writing.

      So glad you found your comments – half the juiciness of blogging is in the discussion through the comments. Thanks for yours!


  2. InsideJourneys Says:

    Just checked: it’s on Amazon. Yay!


  3. eof737 Says:

    Sounds like a terrific, easy to use book for kids… Books like that were very useful tools for my girls when they were growing up. 🙂

    PS. Catching up on commenting again after a hectic week that included 3 long days/nights at a yoga event. I will be attending another workshop in the coming week (7/11-7/14)and if I don’t leave comments, I will follow up on my return. 🙂


  4. C. Fife Says:

    While The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were a major hit, the movies never really seemed to hit all that big, but surprisingly have been doing just well enough under the radar to keep the series alive. The latest entry Dog Days brings back all the favorites, combining the third and fourth books in the series, but will it continue to deliver the fun of these characters or will their age slowly start becoming a factor finally close the book on the film series? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days follows Greg as he hatches a plan to win the girl of his dreams during the summer, but as usual nothing is as simple as it seems for Greg Heffley. There aren’t too many films like this that can entertain the adults just as much as the kids, but the Wimpy Kid series does just that. The stories are pretty simple and light on content, but carry just enough fun to keep everyone entertained. This latest entry works really well having numerous laugh out loud moments. While still not quite as entertaining as the first film in the series it does manage to step things up to entertain more than the last film Roderick Rules. All the original cast return and yes the kids are getting bigger, but thanks to the age they starting making these films, everyone is still believable in the grade they are mean to be in. There are a few characters here and there that just aren’t all that well acted, but you somehow can let it go thanks to the fun you get with your leads. Sadly there just aren’t enough of fan favorites Fregley and Chirag.


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