Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.
The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?
I had just about given up on this series. I loved books one and two. Book three was ok, but books four and five just didn’t live up to the first two. It was almost as though Kinney was writing the books only so as not to disappoint his millions of young fans. I had also read somewhere that book five was to be the last in the series, so I was rather surprised when the announcement came about book six. Fortunately for me, I am a school librarian and my students love this series. Therefore I had to read Cabin Fever in order to stay current with my students. I’m glad I did, because this book reignited my love for the series.
What I liked about the book: Greg is less whiny in this book. Oh, sure – he’s still the King of Bad Choices, but he actually seems to grow a little, in spite of himself. That was my problem with books four and five – Greg seemed rather stagnant. I like that the book is a quick, easy and entertaining read. Kinney certainly knows his audience and does a great job of meeting their expectations.
What I didn’t like about the book: Can’t think of anything I didn’t like.
As I mentioned my students (3rd – 5th grade) are crazy about this series. Our pre-winter break library lesson involved a book talk about Cabin Fever and then they had an indoor snowball fight. They each wrote an adjective about snow on three slips of paper, balled them up and spent 60 seconds having a snowball fight. At the end of the fight they took three “snowballs” that had landed near them and used the three words to write a poem about snow on their blog. They had a great time. I’m not sure which they enjoyed more – the excerpt I read from the book or the snowball fight.
AR Reading level: 5.8
Recommended for 3rd grade and up.
Mrs. Archer’s rating: 5 of 5!