Yay!! No School !
This is the ninth book about Greg Heffley (the Wimpy Kid) of the title. Greg is looking forward to a long summer doing nothing but watching TV and playing video games. Unfortunately for Greg, his mother has other ideas. She thinks a road trip would be a good idea, she read about it in a magazine, and imagines it would be conducive to family bonding.
Mom doesn’t even let poor Greg and Rodrick take any electronics on the trip. The trip isn’t as much fun as Mom anticipates, the accommodation on the road is substandard to say the least. Greg has enough problems relating to his brothers Manny and Rodrick, when he has a whole house to escape in, but in the confines of a family car, there is no escape.
If you are familiar with the series, it is the same format, the notebook style font interspersed with simple cartoon pictures. There is a lot of humour, though some of it is quite juvenile. One of my favourite sequences is when dad tries to take an important phone call from work and wants the car’s occupants to be quiet. He should know better than to use a phone while driving, especially with his barely functional family.
This is one of the better books in the series.
My rating : 4 out of 5