- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Jeff Kinney's new Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (No AR rating yet, but most likely in the 3.0 points and 5.2 range) will not be released until November 15, but kids are already chomping on the bit to find similar read-a-likes. This librarian must admit that I am also chomping on the bit, as well. Kids, you are so lucky because there is a whole range of similar titles!
Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants' novels are an old favorite (starting with Captain Underpants, An Epic Adventure (AR 1.0, Level 4.3), and very similar to the tone and style in the Wimpy Kid series. Follow fourth graders George and Harold and their transformed principal, Captain Underpants through various hilarious adventures.
Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon (AR 5.0, Level 6.6) series is about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, a somewhat scrawny Viking, who somehow manages to succeed despite larger peers and opponents. Aided by his trusty sidekicks Toothless the dragon and Fishlegs, Hiccup can do no wrong!????
Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid (AR 3.0, Level 5.3), Lincoln Pierce's Big Nate (AR 2.0, Level 3.1) started as an online daily strip. This series is probably the most similar to Jeff Kinney's novels in style and tone. Nate Wright has a somewhat elevated image of himself that does not match reality. Kids will enjoy the problems that sixth grade faces. In the first novel, Nate finds himself getting detention for ALL of his classes. Find out why in this hilarious book!
Rachel Renee Russell has created a girl-centric series called Dork Diaries (AR 5.0, Level 5.4), which is like Jeff Kinney's books, except for girls. Personally, I did not find this title especially funny. However, my sounding board at home assures me that this is a very funny series of books. Some other girl-centric series include Dear Dumb Diary (AR 1.0, Level 6.1) and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls (AR 6.0, Level 5.0).
Previously, I reviewed James' Patterson's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (AR 4.0, Level 4.5), which is another title reflecting about the downsides of middle school.