Jeff Kinney's second Wimpy Kid book is Rodrick Rules, and boy does he. This time around, Greg writes about home and school but with a particular emphasis on his brother and embarrassing moments. This diary holds everything from avoiding embarrassing moments to keeping them from Rodrick to trying to avoid being blackmailed by Rodrick when he does find out. Greg's little brother Manny also seems to be getting in on things more- and by "things" we mean anything of Greg's and anything that can be a disaster. But don't let his mom & dad know- Manny can still do no wrong. Greg also continues to struggle with the ups and downs of middle school- girls, talent shows and best friends.
Rowley and Greg continue to have their own ups and downs- mainly because Rowley is a little bit of a big baby and Greg takes advantage where he sees fit. This seems to be an emerging theme which I am sure will continue throughout the Diary series. Another theme that continues to show up is Greg and his ability to rationalize every little thing he does- good or bad. Being a bully, lying or struggling with his academics... well, Greg has a great excuse. It is interesting because the excuses are totally middle school boy- and sometimes make sense and seem quite convincing.
Another excellent read as Greg continues his journey through middle school...
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