Another Wimpy Kid Winner: Read Our Review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney

Another Wimpy Kid Winner: Read Our Review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney

The worldwide children’s literary phenomenon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, just keeps growing and growing. With this new release, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot, there are now 16 books in the series, plus spin-off books, merchandise, movies and more.

In Big Shot, Greg Heffley and sports just don’t mix. After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball.

Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team.

As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?

Jeff Kinney is a talented cartoonist, and his illustrations add a lot of humour to the story. They are also a helpful tool for independent readers, assisting them to imagine the action taking place. There’s also various levels of humour at play here, and adults might get a few extra laughs.

The real charm of Greg Heffley is that we can all relate to his awkwardness and anxiety. He’s a dreamer who’s forever hopeful. His ability to give basketball a chance, even when he thinks he and sports don’t mix, is proof of his stamina. Like Greg, Big Shot shows Wimpy Kid fans that hard work and perseverance is what will help you reach your goals – even when you aren’t naturally inclined.

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!

Readers 7+ will enjoy the humour, pathos, and endurance of this book. The story is easy to follow and there is no need to read the other books in the series in order, though I can highly recommend all of them. Millions of fans can’t be wrong!

Buy a copy of Big Shot here.

Reviews

Another Adventure: Read an Extract from Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney

Review | Extract

26 October 2021

Another Adventure: Read an Extract from Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney

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Publisher details

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot
Author
Jeff Kinney
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
26 October, 2021
ISBN
9780143796114

Synopsis

Recommended for ages 7+.

In Big Shot, book 16 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don’t mix.

After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball.

Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team.

As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?
Jeff Kinney
About the author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and the Awesome Friendly Kid series. He is a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book and has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England, where he and his wife own a bookstore named An Unlikely Story.

Books by Jeff Kinney

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