My oldest daughter is nine years old, and she has been reading the Wimpy Kid books for a few years. One of her little sisters (age 7) also likes the series, and they’re always swapping books.

The newest book came out today, so I headed over to the bookstore to buy a copy. Of course, I couldn’t resist reading the book first!

Double Down is the 11th book in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Middle school diarist Greg Heffley is still making his way through life as an awkward tween. He deals with trials and tribulations at home and at school, including learning to play an instrument and preparing for Halloween.

My favorite part of the book had to be the book fair. I think that every parent can identify with the book fair struggle. I also loved the introduction of prolific kid-lit author I.M Spooky, whose horror novels are very popular at Greg’s school. As a child of the 90s, I appreciated the homage to R.L. Stine and his Goosebumps/Fear Street books. There are also references to other popular series, but I’ll keep that as a surprise!

A major part of any Diary of a Wimpy Kid book is the comics interspersed throughout Greg’s diary entries. They add to the humorous prose; the stories stand well on their own, but there’s something special about seeing Greg’s musings brought to life. It’s also refreshing to see that the pages of the book are lined like they are part of a notebook, and the printed font looks like handwriting. It’s the little details that make this series so special.

Double Down is a very funny book. All of the books in the series are funny, but I think this is one of the funnier books. Greg is surprisingly insightful, and it is easy for kids to identify with him. He has a lot of thoughts on life, and at times, it seems like he’s going off on a tangent, but there’s actually a logical progression to his ideas.

I would recommend Double Down. This book functions well as a standalone, so you don’t have to start with the beginning of the series. I think that the books can be read in any order. The humor is silly and innocuous, and frankly, any book that has children clamoring to read it is worthwhile. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series!

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