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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown

by Jeff Kinney

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Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (13)

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When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?… (more)
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One of the best in the series. ⛄️❄️ ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
I love the purple and blue cover! Also living in Canada, I can appreciate the cold and snow situation! ( )
  filemanager | Nov 29, 2023 |
High interest, easy to read (with cartoons) for grades 4-8, and popular with younger and older age ranges too.

I've been reading this in Spanish to practice my bilingual skills (I'm by no means fluent in Spanish, but I am trying to expand beyond what I learned in high school), and I can report that the easy-to-read format (short paragraphs, lots of illustrative cartoons) is really good for language learners, as well as for kids that maybe don't like to read that much. I can't speak for how good the Spanish translation is, since I'm not fluent, but I did notice at least one typo (most likely the Spanish version doesn't benefit from having as many editors, or perhaps any editors, as the original English does). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
my 11 year old brothers favorite one of the series, very fun and easy to read. ( )
  CourtneyRay | Apr 20, 2020 |
Greg Heffley has the usual trials of middle school compounded by an unusual winter, which starts out unseasonably hot but then quickly turns to snowstorm after snowstorm, culminating in a day off of school and a huge neighborhood snowball fight.

I've only read one other Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, which was the first one, and it doesn't seem to matter all that much if you pick them up out of order. I can see why kids really enjoy these books because they read fast with their notebook style writing supplemented by sketch drawings. I'm really not quite sure why Kinney chooses to write three or four words per page in ALL CAPS, which seemed more like a distraction than an emphasis at that point.

Greg's commentary is humorous as well, although many adults don't like his poor attitude. However, I can see how kids will identify with some of his hemming and hawing about not getting as much video game time as he would like and so forth and so on.

Oddly enough, Kinney actually put in a message about climate change at the beginning of this book and good for him! On the other hand, I really wasn't a fan of how much he used the language of militant violence to describe the snowball fight ("battles," "ammunition," and "anybody who says that war doesn't pay should think again"). The image of a mushroom cloud in the background of the final image was a peculiar choice as well. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 31, 2019 |
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Helanen, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

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