Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What's Christian Reading? Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Today is the debut of another new feature, What's Christian Reading? This is what it's all about. Christian is my nine--soon to be ten--year old son. He reads all the time. So I thought it would be interesting to check in with him once a week to find out what he's reading.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not even pretending that these can even remotely be classified as book reviews. However, if you're looking for a fourth grader's take on a book, this is the place.

I also have to take a moment to explain his rating system. He chose to rate books using flaming monkey heads (I think it's a video game thing or something). So, books will be rated on a scale of one to five flaming monkey heads, five being the best. So, here we go.

This week, Christian has been reading Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney.

According to Christian, this is what the story's about.

It's about a wimpy boy named Greg Heffley who finds himself trapped at home in a freak snowstorm with no power. Before the snowstorm, Greg and his friend Rowley get into a whole lot of mischief, like using a sprinkler to clear a snow covered driveway, and starting their own newspaper to tell people about the holiday bazaar that they're planning. In fact, it's the bazaar that gets them into trouble.

They put up some signs on school grounds to advertise the bazaar, but the writing runs in the rain and makes a big mess. It makes the real paper, and Greg just knows they'll be found out. That's when the snowstorm hits, and Greg and his family are trapped inside the house without power.

What did Christian like most about the book?

The fact that Greg is wimpy gives the book some depth. Christian also liked the fact that Greg is able to rough out the big snowstorm by rationing out ketchup. He also liked the part where they all cuddled up on the queen sized pullout couch with a blanket over them to share body warmth.

Was there anything that Christian didn't like?

Christian didn't like the fact that the family babys Greg's younger brother Manny, which doesn't give Manny the chance to grow up. He also did not like that Greg's dad spent the whole time of the snowstorm in a hotel with power and heat.

So, how does Christian rate the book?

Christian gives it 4 1/2 out of 5 Flaming Monkey Heads.



  1. I like this series- I think they are pretty good. I like your son's rating system. Funny!

  2. Thanks for the feedback, Flex. He'll be doing onne every Wednesday. We also do "interviews" with classic characters from children's literature every Monday in case you're interested.