Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4 & 5

Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4)I should have gotten around to these reviews a while ago, but things got busy (don't they always?) as I started my online etsy store (Little Bird's Designs) and work got even busier.  Hence why I am now lumping both Wimpy Kid Diaries into one review. 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth Book number 4 in the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney is called Dog Days and follow Greg through his summer vacation.  He wants to spend it indoors, but he mother has another idea of the ideal family summer vacation.  Just by looking at the cover you can tell Greg isn't going to have the greatest of all summer breaks.. but he does manage to get through it and survive yet another summer with his family and his friend Rowley.
The Ugly Truth is the 5th installment in the series... in this book, Greg is beginning to go through some big changes.  His relationship with best friend Rowley really begins to go south, puberty is on its way and there are changes happening in the family like his mother deciding to go back to school.  All this puts Greg in a pretty pessimistic state.  As Greg maneuvers through middle school with all this on his mind...  and is pretty miserable.
I liked both books, but found Dog Days to be more appealing than The Ugly Truth.  Greg seemed too miserable in the final book... but maybe that is because as they say "all good things must come to an end".. Not sure if Kinney will continue on with Greg Heffley and The Wimpy Kid series... time (or probably some digging around on the internet) will tell.  Either way, I'm indifferent.  I liked the series a lot- it was quick and fun, the comic book style art kept the story moving and as a teacher there is a lot I could us these books.

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