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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie is Fun and the Books May Help Your Grand Kid’s Reading Skills

By:  Ranny Levy, Founder/President Kids First!

The third Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies came out August 3rd, 2012. Based on the highly popular books by Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid follows the life and trials of a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley. There are eight books in the series.

The series started off online on Funbrain.com in 2004 and made its print debut in April of 2007. More than 75 million copies of the books have been sold in 40 different languages. Why? The books offer elementary and middle-schoolers storylines they truly can relate to. When my grandson was struggling with his reading three years ago, these books grabbed his interest and, before you knew it, his reading improved 300%! Here’s what one of our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Julianna Noone (age 12) has to say about this film:

Reviewed by Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

  Looking to squeeze in some summer fun before heading back to school?  Well then head to your local movie theater and see Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.  This film is the third film in this popular series and is based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, which are written by Jeff Kinney.   These books are about the ups and downs of growing up and trying to deal with school, family and relationships.  The stories are so well written and relatable, that you can’t help but love the books and the movies.   This film stars Zachary Gordon, who does a great job once again as the main character Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron, as his lovable friend Rowley Jefferson.

This films starts out with Greg and Rowley finishing the school year and planning out their summer vacation.  There’s only one problem, as usual for Greg, nothing goes as planned.  Follow along as Greg and Rowley try to make it through the dog days of summer.  My favorite character is Greg because he is funny and means well even when he makes mistakes and deep down, he just wants everyone to like him.  It is hard choosing one scene as my favorite, because most of the scenes at the country club are absolutely hysterical, but I was able to choose one.  That’s when Greg’s older brother Roderick, played brilliantly by Devon Bostick, tries to fake drowning to the pretty life guard will save him.  The problem is, she doesn’t even notice him, so an older, hairy man dives into the pool, pulls him out and performs mouth to mouth on him.  Roderick’s facial expression is priceless and this scene is just so funny, I could not stop laughing.

Not only is this movie well written and very funny, but it has a really strong cast that help bring to life the Heffley family and make this an enjoyable film that the entire family can relate too and enjoy.  The movie also has a great message in it about growing up and learning from your mistakes.

Overall, I love this fabulous film and urge you to take your family and go see this film today.  I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars, as I think this is a film your entire family will love as much as I do.  Go see this film, which opened  August 3rd, trust me, you will love it!  And remember, a man who makes no mistakes, is a man who hasn’t learned anything.


Ranny Levy, Founder/President

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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