Sunday, November 20, 2011
Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney Review
Slight spoilers for the past 5 Wimpy Kid books, beware!
I was really excited about this book because I loved the last 5 books of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I was surprised Kinney was releasing another Wimpy Kid book, but excited none the less. I got this book Friday and read it in about an hour and a half.
So when I started this it was around the holidays. I couldn't help but smile at that because I love the holidays and I wanted to see Kinney pull it off. It was OK, I could relate to most of it, but isn't Greg in eighth grade? And he was going crazy because he was scared of what list Santa was going to put him on. I thought he'd finally know the truth.
The art was the same Wimpy Kid I'm used to, which I'm glad didn't change. It seems no one changed, either. Even Greg made the same mistakes as past books with recycled jokes (breaking his grandma's lawnmower). I wanted just slight character changes. It was definitely my least favorite Wimpy Kid book.
Some of the jokes were very true to life, such as all the safety equipment used at Manny's pee-wee soccer games. I also loved the Jesus joke (I am a Jesus joke nerd) where Jesus's present was for both Christmas and His birthday. Rowley's "LOL" scene was nice and the online pet resembles a lot of online pet games I've played (it really reminded me most of Webkinz). I also experienced a similar ice storm to Greg's a few years ago and I missed a lot of school. I also thought the Christmas special with the weather report joke was hilarious.
However, the summary of the book stating where Greg gets in huge trouble doesn't happen until past page 120 or so. The entire journal takes place in less than a month and it seemed like Kinney just threw the book together because he needed quick cash. I thought the series ended at 5 books, so this was a quick fix. The series would be fine without Cabin Fever.
The ending was OK. I liked it, but at the same time I don't think it covers Greg's problem. However, it was a good read. Since it says in the book more Wimpy Kid books will be released I'm going to read them, but I'll probably get them from the library like I did this one (and I made sure early on to get first spot on the waiting list, guess I'll have to pull it off again, soon).
It just barely gets 4 stars. This wasn't Kinney's masterpieces like the first 4 books or his amazing short story in Guys Read: Funny Business.
Oh yeah, Jeff Kinney, if you ever read this (fat chance), please make some more Wimpy Kid movies.