Story: In Jeff Kinney's third novel in cartoons, middle school student Greg Haffley continues the hilarious saga of his life. The focus in this book is much less on Greg's skirmishes with his older brother, Rodrick, and much more on his skirmishes with his father and his growing interest in girls. For more information, read my review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw is a novel written by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, the third book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book acts as a journal and follows the adventures of Greg Heffley, the narrator of the book, who is in the second half of his seventh grade year. Despite the title, it is not the final book in the series. The reason for the title is that Frank Heffley (Greg's father) becomes fed up with Greg sidestepping his dad's efforts to toughen Greg up. This book was released on January 13, 2009 in the USA.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a pentalogy of humorous fiction books written by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. The books are the journals of the main character, whose name is Greg Heffley. Befitting a child's diary, they are filled with hand written notes and simple drawings of his daily adventures. The first three books of the series are based on a visual novel featured on FunBrain; the other books are thought to derive from the visual novel as well, but the series' website denies this.
The New York Times, which ranks children's serials collectively on a Series Books bestseller list, has included the Wimpy Kid series for 64 weeks as of April 10, 2010. USA Today, which ranks best sellers based on sales alone regardless of genre or intended audience, has listed Diary of a Wimpy Kid in its top 150, peaking at number 8, for 141 weeks as of April 4, 2010. As of the same date, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules has been on the list for 117 weeks (peaking at number 4), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw has been on the list for 65 weeks (peaking at number 1), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days has been on the list for all 25 weeks of its publication (peaking at number 1), and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary has been listed for all three weeks of its publication, peaking at number 2. As of May 2010, more than 32 million Wimpy Kid books are in print in the U.S., and the books have been sold in more than 30 countries.