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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: a true slump-buster

I've been in one of my periodic reading slumps -- a time when I lose momentum and wind up with a bookmark stuck for weeks in the middle of a book. It comes about like clockwork, usually during summer when I get swept up in outdoor sports and in winter when holiday activities interfere. Right now, I'm halfway through two books, and need a burst to finish both of them off.

For me, the one sure way to get out of the slump is to read something compelling -- and short. (Just like a baseball power hitter who concentrates hitting singles to get back on track.) So on New Year's Day, I picked up "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth" by Jeff Kinney.

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This is Kinney's fifth book (and my first) in the Wimpy Kid series, which is a huge hit with kids. And it's easy to see why the series is so popular. If you suspend belief enough to imagine that a middle-school boy would actually keep a diary, you'll get a hilarious review of the issues and people who tormented you years ago: parents, teachers, bullies, acne, homework, etc. Kinney's simple line drawings and his sense of humor made the book a quick, enjoyable read.

Just what I needed. Now I can move on to more weighty books.


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