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Rodrick Rules
Contributor(s): Kinney, Jeff
ISBN: 0810994739     ISBN-13: 9780810994737
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: February 2008
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Annotation: This follow-up to the "New York Times" bestselling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" chronicles Greg Heffleys attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, and to keep his secret safe--especially from his older brother Rodrick, who would be happy to spill the beans.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Middle schools; Juvenile fiction.
Schools; Juvenile fiction.
Families; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2007032296
Lexile Measure: 910
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.85 lbs) 216 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 119441
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q42855
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 8.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 "NEW YORK TIMES" bestselling book
Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.
Whatever you do, dont ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesnt want to talk about it.
As Greg enters the new school year, hes eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular.
Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick" Rules chronicles Gregs attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.

Contributor Bio(s): IV>Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer and is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife, Julie, and their two sons, Will and Grant.









Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall)
Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick are back! In the same hand-printed format as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with cartoons punctuating every page, Greg's middle school angst is on display for the world to see...and for Rodrick to exploit. If that's not enough, three-year-old brother Manny is ever-observant and ready to tattle. Greg, along with best friend Rowley, attempts to navigate middle school with some sort of dignity, despite being chauffeured in a van with the words Lšded Diper (the name of Rodrick's band) painted on it; getting nailed as an "accomplice" to Rodrick's illicit, house-trashing party even though Rodrick locked him in the basement all night; counting on a snow day to delay the due date of a history-class project; and surviving Thanksgiving with his squabbling extended family. (Though not the target audience, there is plenty here to amuse the adult reader as well.) And, in the end, when Rodrick gets his comeuppance, we know Greg is going to be just fine. Greg might not be the most reliable narrator, but he certainly reports life as a middle brother with humor and the appropriate amount of whiny pessimism. Though this book stands alone, readers will want to start with the first installment. Let's hope Greg keeps a journal all the way through high school. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #3)
Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick are back! In the same hand-printed format as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with cartoons punctuating every page, Greg's middle school angst is on display for the world to see...and for Rodrick to exploit. If that's not enough, three-year-old brother Manny is ever-observant and ready to tattle. Greg, along with best friend Rowley, attempts to navigate middle school with some sort of dignity, despite being chauffeured in a van with the words Lšded Diper (the name of Rodrick's band) painted on it; getting nailed as an "accomplice" to Rodrick's illicit, house-trashing party even though Rodrick locked him in the basement all night; counting on a snow day to delay the due date of a history-class project; and surviving Thanksgiving with his squabbling extended family. (Though not the target audience, there is plenty here to amuse the adult reader as well.) And, in the end, when Rodrick gets his comeuppance, we know Greg is going to be just fine. Greg might not be the most reliable narrator, but he certainly reports life as a middle brother with humor and the appropriate amount of whiny pessimism. Though this book stands alone, readers will want to start with the first installment. Let's hope Greg keeps a journal all the way through high school. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 November #4)

Kinney's junior-high diarist returns to chronicle another year's worth of comic moments in this riotous sequel. Once again, school-related drama constitutes a good portion of Greg's subject matter, from an ongoing correspondence with a pen pal ("I'm pretty sure 'aquaintance' doesn't have a 'c' in it. You really need to work on your English," Greg replies to the French student's polite introduction) to mastering book reports by writing "exactly what the teacher wants to hear" ("There were a bunch of hard words in this book, but I looked them up in the dictionary so now I know what they mean"). As in the previous book, cartoons form part of the narrative, corroborating (or disproving) Greg's statements. He claims that kids with last names at the start of the alphabet are smartest, and a side-by-side comparison of prim ber-nerd Alex Aruda and gap-toothed Christopher Ziegel drives the point home. Additionally, Kinney fleshes out the often testy relationships between Greg and his slacker older sibling, Rodrick, and his little brother, Manny (when Greg gets mad at Manny for shoving a cookie in his video game system, the toddler protests, "I'm ownwy thwee!" and offers a ball of tinfoil with toothpicks shoved through to apologize). The hilarious interplay between text and cartoons and the keen familial observations that set Diary of a Wimpy Kid apart are just as evident in this outing, and are just as likely to keep readers in stitches. Ages 8-up. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 March)

Gr 4–8— Hapless and hilarious Greg Heffley returns with another diary full of the minor irritations, major disasters, and occasional triumphs of a wimpy boy's middle school life. Kinney combines hand-written text with comical cartoons to present a character who is self-centered, sneaky, and dishonest, but also occasionally insightful and always very funny. Older brother Rodrick is his primary nemesis this time, partly because he threatens to spill Greg's embarrassing secret to the whole world. A nerdy best friend, a little brother who gets away with everything, and a bunch of clueless adults add significantly to Greg's problems. Readers, of course, will note that most of the narrator's troubles are self-inflicted, as when he wraps himself in toilet paper to avoid hypothermia in the boys' bathroom, does a disastrous job of pet-sitting, or decides to "wing it" for his school report on "The Amazing Moose." He's a character that readers can laugh at and empathize with at the same time. The line drawings that appear on every page play a large part in bringing Greg's world to life, providing humorous characterizations and details not mentioned in words. They also extend the appeal of the book to readers who are still a few years away from middle school themselves. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007) has been wildly popular, and this sequel should be an equally big hit with reluctant readers, especially boys, and anyone looking for a funny book.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

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