Book Review: Double Down


When my kids rave about a book, I usually read it too. I’m curious to know what captures their imagination. But when my kids go on to devour a whole series, I usually don’t. After all, there are so many good books in the world (including books written for adults).

Except for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney. This series now has eleven (yes, eleven!) books, and I’ve read every single one. Double Down (#11) is not my favorite. That honor goes to either Diary of a Wimpy Kid (#1) or Dog Days (#4). Blaine is partial to Rodrick Rules (#2), while Larrabee thinks Double Down is the best book yet.

But I’ll agree that the latest book has its share of laugh-out-loud moments. Jeff Kinney has a talent for noticing the funny details of school and family life. For example, this book has an episode with a Halloween decoration, a witch that cackles when you make a noise–or even when you don’t–and sometimes even when you take its batteries out. It kind of reminded me of Blaine’s spooky electronic toothbrush. But that’s another story…


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