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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008)

by Jeff Kinney

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Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2)

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Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts to steer clear of trouble when he returns to middle school and tries to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg's most humiliating experience of the summer.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2)


The follow-up to the first installment of the famed Diary of a Wimpy Kid series for youth readers, Rodrick Rules places a larger emphasis on the relationship between middle schooler Greg Heffley and his older brother, Rodrick. Greg and Rodrick are always at odds with one another, and it all builds up to a secret party Rodrick has when their parents leave them alone, believing Rodrick to have the flu. Greg contemplates turning his brother in, but there's one thing holding him back: Rodrick has a deep, dark secret about Greg from the previous summer.

Aside from his sibling wars with Rodrick, Greg also butts heads with his younger brother Manny, who always seems to crimp on his fun. Greg also has to try and maneuver through middle school with his friend Rowley at his side, both trying to keep Rowley on his side and keep him from embarrassing him. The book flows just as good as the previous volume, and the artwork and writing is just as great. It does tend to focus more on the relationship between Greg and Rodrick than giving a healthy dose of Greg and the other supporting players of the series, but this is still a good aspect that gives us a look into the tumultuous relationship between the brothers -- even with its rough spots, Greg is still willing to help out his brother. This is the general summarization of Greg's character: while he can be a jerk at times, he has a good heart and, deep down, seeks to do right by his friends and family. He just doesn't do it in the perfect way all the time.

Writing: 4.5 | The writing is just as great in this volume as it is in the first, providing a realistic glimpse into Greg's life as he chronicles his life in his journal.
Theme: 4.5 | Greg Heffley keeps his second journal after destroying his first, chronicling his second year of middle school, which is dominated by catastrophes stemming from his older brother Rodrick's poor judgement and decision-making.
Content: 4.5 | Greg, Rodrick, and their friends are often disrespectful to one another and call each other names, and Greg does tend to talk smack about his parents on occasion.

Overall: 4.5 | The second book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is just as good as the first book. Placing more a focus on the brotherly relationship between Greg and Rodrick (and, to a lesser extent, young Manny), Rodrick Rules gives us more of a glimpse into the life of a not-so-typical middle schooler. Even though Greg and his friends and family don't always treat one another the best, the very heart of the book and Greg Heffley -- evidenced by the conclusion of the novel -- is that he does care for his family and friends, he just doesn't show it in the best way at all times. Highly recommended for younger readers, along with the rest of this great series.

***Finished April 16, 2020*** ( )
  DarthTindalus | Apr 17, 2020 |
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  eteiwimohammad | Jan 31, 2020 |
I really enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series overall, but I especially liked "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" for a number of reasons. The story starts off by hinting that Rodrick is holding something over Greg, the main character and his younger brother's head, which is the premise of the entire story because Rodrick blackmails Greg into doing all these horrible things for him in exchange for not exposing his secret. The plot is organized and paced well and keeps readers engaged, on edge, and wanting to continue reading to finally get to what the big secret is at the end of the book. This book and its characters are also very relatable because every younger sibling can relate to the main character Greg and how an older sibling has taken advantage of them at some point in their childhood. ( )
  dgutie5 | Nov 7, 2019 |
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The voice is pitch-perfect and the action recognizably elementary, and not too mean.
 

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Monday I guess Mom was pretty proud of herself for making me write in that journal last year, because now she went and bought me another one.
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Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts to steer clear of trouble when he returns to middle school and tries to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg's most humiliating experience of the summer.

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This is the sequel to the hilarious New York Times Bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. In this second book, Greg Heffley must overcome new obstacles when starting the next year at school, including his pain-in-the-neck older brother Rodrick.
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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0143303848, 0670074934

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