The Resource Old school, by Jeff Kinney

Old school, by Jeff Kinney

Label
Old school
Title
Old school
Statement of responsibility
by Jeff Kinney
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Language
eng
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Award
  • Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey), Easy to Read/Fiction Series, 2018.
  • Golden Archer Awards (Wisconsin): Intermediate, 2017.
Review
  • Grades 5-8 Greg Heffley is kicking it old school in the newest addition to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—though not by choice. As has come to be expected, his candid diary account of his day-to-day experiences is filled with humor and comic doodles. Prime among his observations is that grown-ups are convinced life was much better when they were kids. But Greg can’t figure out what was so great about it. No one ever smiles in old-timey photos; there was no air-conditioning or baby wipes; and everyone thought Kick the Can was actually fun. What’s more, his mom has organized a technology-free weekend for the neighborhood, filled with community service activities. (Greg’s disastrous attempt at selling lemonade and his evasion of park clean-up duties are sure to garner laughs.) The highlight, however, is his class trip to Hardscrabble Farms for a week in the woods. Mishaps galore and a chilling rumor make for a highly entertaining, and fairly smelly, foray into the great outdoors and, thankfully, back home to modern comforts. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 01-01-2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 9)
  • "Mom says the problem with society these days is everybody's got their nose in a screen, and nobody takes the time to get to know the people who live around them," laments Greg Heffley, who reluctantly kicks it old school in this 10th installment of the über-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. When Mrs. Heffley gets the town to unplug for 48 hours, Greg tries (but naturally fails) to cash in on neighborhood foot traffic with a lemonade stand ("One guy had a problem with the fact that we were using the same glass for every customer"). Grandpa, who has moved in with the Heffleys to save money, is also full of "back in the day" stories; Greg and Rowley finally try playing kick-the-can, but quit of boredom after 30 seconds. A weeklong trip to "Hardscrabble Farm," where Greg and his classmates sleep in primitive cabins and do chores, is the final affront, though it reveals that Greg may come by his artful dodging honestly. Kinney's fans will find the same winning formula: at least one joke every two pages. Expect readers to line up for Greg's latest. Ages 8–12. Agent: Sylvie Rabineau, RWSG Literary Agency. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed November 9, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 45, p)
  • The Wimpy Kid series marches on.Greg Heffley's diary continues with the 10th entry in the popular franchise. This volume revolves around several loosely connected plot threads, the most prominent of which is Greg's grandfather's coming to live with the Heffley clan and the hilarity that ensues. Other plots involve Rodrick's first job, Mrs. Heffley's determination to turn the town into an electronics-free zone, and a trip to Hardscrabble Farms, the traditional field trip location for the seventh-grade class. The novel definitely lacks focus, but how many seventh-grader's diaries come with a complex narrative arc? Greg's rambling, irreverent musings coupled with his doodles maintain their charm even after so many years, and at this point fans of the series know what they're getting. The novel delivers the series' trademark family dynamics and absurdist comic stylings. Fans will chortle at the Heffley's pet pig, which wears pants, and smile as Greg and his dad come to an understanding over the pitfalls of camp life. By novel's end the characters have returned to their status quo and are ready for further comic mishaps. These diaries continue to be solid steppingstones into the literary world for any reluctant reader.Harmless fun that neither rocks the boat nor swings for the fences. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10448912
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kinney, Jeff
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
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True
Series statement
Diary of a wimpy kid
Series volume
[10]
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Electronics
  • Families
  • Diaries
  • Diaries
  • Electronics
  • Families
  • Electronics
  • Family life
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Old school, by Jeff Kinney
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
217 pages
Isbn
9780606374224
Lccn
2015026954
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)905880030
Label
Old school, by Jeff Kinney
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
217 pages
Isbn
9780606374224
Lccn
2015026954
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)905880030

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