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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Shot: Book Review (no spoiler)

When it comes to smarts, Greg isn’t the sharpest or even fifth sharpest tool in the shed and unless it involves his TV, he wants absolutely nothing to do with sports. From all this, you’d expect a pretty boring life yet trouble or at least troublesome people have a way of finding Greg.

So, what to expect from this review so that you’ll know if it’s actually going to be useful for you:

1. Plot enticer

2. Good stuff

3. Bad stuff

4. Similar books

5. Age recommendation

6. Star rating

The latest installment in the series is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot where Greg is once again going head-to-head with sport. After Mum forces him to join a basketball team filled with rejects, each game leads them on a steady slope nowhere. Finally, Mum feels the need to take matters into her own hands, uniting the gang of misfits once more to compete in a second chance tournament.

The entire thing would feel quite heart-warming if it wasn’t so distractingly funny! The ending was a clean conclusion that fitted Greg’s character and the plot perfectly. Obviously, no spoilers but it was worth reading just for that. Yet it is the simple conversations and thoughts throughout that made the series the success it is and this is true here once more.

Despite all these amazing elements, there is an undeniable and mostly unavoidable flaw with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big shot. It’s been going too long. Now, before all the diehard fans vent their outrage in the comments, I just want to say that I pre-ordered this and am the first to go begging for another movie. Yet it has to be said that the plot is getting a little repetitive. It’s not super obvious straightaway however long-time fans will spot the point when the series shifted from incorporating old plots to reusing the same jokes and characters alongside it.

It’s for this that I rate the plot 7 out of 10. It would have been slightly lower except for the ending which showed careful thought and skilled execution. The character’s built by Jeff Kinney are what made this series the international success it is today and it is no different in Big Shot which is why I rate the characters 9 out of ten. For my final category of writing skill and general suspense/intrigue, I will rate it 8 out of 10. While it is still amazing the series just doesn’t have the same originality it did when it first began back in 2007.

Because of this, I believe it is quite important for this review that I mention similar series that are alternative reads if your love of Diary of a Wimpy Kid is beginning to slump just a bit.

My first would be Big Nate which is just this ridiculous kid and his hilarious life. There are two formats you can get this in, comic or more like Diary of a Wimpy Kid with more text. I’d also encourage fans to read the Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier and the Story Treehouse by Terry Denton and Andy Griffith.

This leads perfectly into my age recommendation as all of these books are for a slightly younger audience than I would normally mention. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Shot is ideal for new chapter book readers from maybe age six or seven up to 12 and 13. As always this is just a rough idea and there should be no awkwardness if you’re outside that age bracket at all.

Okay, so overall I rated Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot an 8 out of 10 because while it isn’t as exceptional as when it first began it is still pretty awesome. Definitely a worthwhile read for fans of the series and just about anyone looking for a laugh.

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