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The Last Straw

Format:  Hardcover,

217 pages

Edition: Booth-Clibborn

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2009

ISBN-13: 9780810970687

ISBN-10: 0810970686

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"The highly anticipated third book in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series takes the art of being wimpy to a whole new level. " Let's face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg's father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other "manly" endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father's efforts to change him. But when Greg's dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out. Greg and his family and friends, who make the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid "books a must-read for middle school readers, are back and at their best in this hilarious new installment of the series, which is sure to please current fans while attracting new ones. "Publishers Weekly"-1/19/2009: The third book in this genre-busting series is certain to enlarge Kinney's presence on the bestseller lists, where the previous titles have taken up residence for the past two years. Kinney's spot-on humor and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons are back in full force. This time, Greg starts off on New Year's Day (he resolves to "help "other" people improve," telling his mother, "I think you should work on chewing your potato chips more quietly") and ends with summer vacation. As he fends off his father's attempts to make him more of a man (the threat of military school looms), Greg's hapless adventures include handing out anonymous valentines expressing his true feelings ("Dear James, You smell"), attempting to impress his classmate Holly and single-handedly wrecking his soccer team's perfect season. Kinney allows himself some insider humor as well, with Greg noting the "racket" children's book authors have going. "All you have to do is make up a character with a snappy name, and then make sure the character learns a lesson at the end of the book." Greg, self-centered as ever, may be the exception proving that rule. Ages 8-12. "(Jan.)""" F&P level: T

Specifications

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2009
ISBN-13: 9780810970687
ISBN-10: 0810970686
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 217
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.5 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of Kinney, Jeff

Jeff Kinney is the author/illustrator of the New York Times #1 bestselling children's series " Diary of a Wimpy Kid". He was born in College Park, Maryland in 1971, and attended the University of Maryland in the 1990's. Kinney aspired to a career in cartooning following the experiences of publishing his "Igdoof" comic strip in the campus newspaper. Kinney has worked as a computer programmer, online game developer, and designer.

He originally developed the " Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series online in installments on Funbrain. com. In 2006, Kinney signed a publishing deal to turn his work into a print series. His title Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2012 (United States)
  • Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin), 2010 (United States)

Book description

The highly anticipated third book in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series takes the art of being wimpy to a whole new level.

Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up... or get shipped out.

Greg and his family and friends, who make the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books a must-read for middle school readers, are back and at their best in this hilarious new installment of the series, which is sure to please current fans while attracting new ones.

Publishers Weekly-1/19/2009:

The third book in this genre-busting series is certain to enlarge Kinney’s presence on the bestseller lists, where the previous titles have taken up residence for the past two years. Kinney’s spot-on humor and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons are back in full force. This time, Greg starts off on New Year’s Day (he resolves to “help other people improve,” telling his mother, “I think you should work on chewing your potato chips more quietly”) and ends with summer vacation.

As he fends off his father’s attempts to make him more of a man (the threat of military school looms), Greg’s hapless adventures include handing out anonymous valentines expressing his true feelings (“Dear James, You smell”), attempting to impress his classmate Holly and single-handedly wrecking his soccer team’s perfect season. Kinney allows himself some insider humor as well, with Greg noting the “racket” children’s book authors have going. “All you have to do is make up a character with a snappy name, and then make sure the character learns a lesson at the end of the book.” Greg, self-centered as ever, may be the exception proving that rule. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)

F&P level: T

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 64reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Purchased book as a gift Haven't given book as birthday gift yet. 05/28/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Kids excited with the books My grandson was thrilled to recieve this book, he is reading the collecton of The Diary of a Whimy Kid and now has 3 books of this series. 09/11/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Son Loves The Wimpy Kid Books These books are a lot of fun for boys to read. My only wish is that they were longer. My son can read one of these in a few hours of one day. Walmart had another one of the series available when some local bookstores were sold out. Can't beat the price either. 01/19/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Love the series I bought this book for my 10 year old son . He had this book read in 1 day. Had to make him put it down. He loves it 01/20/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Book review This book is a must have in our house. Perfect for kids in elementary school, especially late elementary. Boys especially would love this book. It's funny and kids this age can relate to the material written. 01/28/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series My 10 year old daughter loves these books. She was so thrilled to get it. I enjoyed the great price! $6.50 for a hardcover was an awesome deal. 03/10/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by my boys love it This is a perfect book for elementary through junior high boys. My 7 year old and 10 year old thought it was hilarious. They had it read in 2 days. It only took that long because I make them eat and sleep and go to school. 02/05/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Diary of a Wimpy Kid Last Straw My 10 year old daughter loved it! 02/10/2009
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