There are six study rooms at my local library: three on the children side of the library and three on the adults. The days I get the room on the children side, I usually end up browsing the books in the children section. I came across this book last month. This was a very cute book.
Book's website: Dork Diaries follows eighth grader Nikki Maxwell, who chronicles through text and sketches her move to a snooty new school; her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone; her enthusiasm for drawing & art; and a love/hate fascination with the new school's queen bee, a girl named Mackenzie who becomes Nikki's rival in a school-wide art competition.
Nikki Maxwell is just adorable. I think if the junior high girls read this, they would say, "Oh my god....this is soooo true." My junior high experience was not any similar to this book; but nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much. The artwork was nice. Every time I came across one of the pictures, I wanted to grab some color pencils and fill in the colors.
I felt the story was not original. It ran on the same lines as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The older brother like figure from Wimpy Kid was missing in the Dork Diaries. Beside that, I thought this book and the Wimpy Kid had many similar situations, except for the point of view. Nikki is slightly more mature than Greg (Wimpy Kid). Overall I enjoyed it.
I give this book 8 out of 10. I will look out for the second book, which I believe will release later in the year. If anybody is looking for a very light read, go for this book.
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