Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball is #14 in the best-selling series by Jeff Kinney.
This time the Heffley family have been fortunate enough to come into a significant inheritance via Great Aunt Reba. After a family meeting, Mum decides that they should use the extra cash to undertake a well overdue renovation to their house.
Greg has big plans of his own that include an ice-skating rink, Rodrick wants a recording studio and Dad is after a display room for his military figurines but Mum has her sights set on a new kitchen. Greg comes around to the idea but what he doesn’t realise is that there’s going to be some DIY involved and it could get messy.
After quite a few mishaps and some near-death experiences they decide to get the experts in but even they face a few unexpected challenges, grumpy neighbours, rotten wood and rodents’ nests to name a few. In true Heffley family style, nothing ever goes as planned.
Maybe renovating isn’t what they should be doing, maybe they need a more extreme solution to their housing dilemma…
I challenge you to find a child that doesn’t love this series, the hilarious illustrations make it accessible and the stories are highly entertaining and completely relatable. They will rip through this new instalment in an afternoon.
Despite all the pranks, chaos and family drama there is always a poignant moment when Greg and his parents reflect on the fact that childhood is brief and despite sometimes significant short comings you only have one family. They might love to hate each other but when push comes to shove this is a family that sticks together, and that’s something I’m always happy to remind my kids of.
When Jeff Kinney was in Australia for the Sydney Writer’s Festival in 2015 it was a sell out almost immediately and the books and movies that came after of Wimpy Kid are so popular with kids from 9+. I always enjoy reading them with my younger children and my teenager still reads them every time a new one comes out as she grew up with them.
If your kids are already familiar with the series then I don’t need to tell you that you should grab a copy now. If you’re new to the series or your little reader has just reached the right age then grab a few titles for them and sit them down and enjoy the silence!
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Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. The Meltdown, book 13, was published in October 2018, and was a #1 bestselling book. His latest book, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, was published in April 2019 and was an instant #1 global bestseller. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.