Review of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid “Old School” by Pippa Wilson

Wimpy Kid

Puffin books £12.99 Hardback (Just seen it on Amazon for £4)

Synopsis from

Life was better in the old days. Or was it?

That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.

With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?

Read an extract

So what did I think?

As I just started typing diary into the google search bar, Diary of a Wimpy Kid popped up; so that just shows what a phenomenon the series has become. I’ve read the whole series to one child or another in this household-so much so that it just wouldn’t be Christmas if someone didn’t get the latest edition in their stocking!

Old School starts with Greg reflecting on how adults are always wittering on about the good old days”. Greg loves his technology, but Mom is on a mission to get the neighbourhood to have an electronic device free weekend.  She has a tough job gaining signatures for her petition, until the day when Grandpa throws a party in the Heffley residence. And Greg has other problems: the pet pig is turning far too human, and Grandpa has come to live with them. Greg’s problems grow so big that he decides to escape by joining the school camp trip to Hardscrabble Farms.

As I read this to my eight year old there were frequent laugh out loud moments, and plenty of cringeworthy situations where my son hid beneath the duvet saying, “Oh no, this is going to hurt! The storyline mainly focusses this time on the father-son-grandson dynamics that grown-ups will identify with! As always, Jeff Kinney’s flawlessly executed illustrations bring the whole thing to life, and there is a perfect text to picture ratio.

If you pushed me, I’d say that his best one so far is The Long Haul, as that had me crying with laughter for a good proportion of the story. But this is just as satisfying as the rest of the series, and certainly brightens up a cold winter’s day.

Well worth a read.


17th January 2016



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