Coming in August: Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney

You’ve never seen the Wimpy Kid World like this before—an entirely new, awesome, friendly, truly fantastic fantasy quest from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney!

From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mom from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive? Find out in Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure!

And don’t miss Rowley Jefferson’s first book, the instant #1 bestseller, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal!

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (August 4, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419749099
ISBN-13: 978-1419749094

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From the Family Bookshelf – January 2016


Hard to believe a new year is upon us. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. Instead of the usual From the Family Bookshelf column where I talk about what we’ve read, I’m going to share the books we received for Christmas.

For the first time in a long time, I didn’t get Daddy any books for a present. I bought him some neat toys instead; things that would remind him of his childhood.

I received one book this year: The Christmas Star by Ace Collins. I’ve wanted it for a while now. had a special offer, so I bought it for myself and had Daddy stick it under the tree.

The Lil’ Diva was happy to receive the entire Harry Potter series, as well as, The Shadowhunter’s Codex. This book is a tie-in to The Mortal Instruments series.

The Lil’ Princess received the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Old School.

Did you receive any books for Christmas? If so, happy reading!

From the Family Bookshelf – February




Welcome to the February edition of From the Family Bookshelf. But first of all, Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year we celebrate this holiday dedicated to love. If you’re interested in learning more about the legend of St. Valentine, you can visit

I’ll start off with my recent reading. The first quarter of 2013 looks like it will be filled with tons of books. I overloaded my review schedule, so I’m playing catch up. Trying to broaden my horizons, I’ve read an eclectic mix of books over the past month:

Rennefarre by Malve von Hassell, an English translation of the German children’s classic by Tamara Ramsey,

Iconic Spirits by Mark Spivak, a book that celebrates twelve spirits that changed our world and ushered in a new cocktail culture, and

Pandora’s Temple by Jon Land, an exciting thriller that plays “what if” with an ancient legend.

I’m currently in the middle of Executive Command by Gary Grossman. I’ve read the other two novels in this political thriller series. I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one.

Poor Dad is working so much lately, it’s rare he has time to read. Hopefully that will change soon.

As I mentioned last month, I am reading The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch with the Lil Diva (11) and the Lil Princess (9). It’s slightly too old for them. There’s some kissing going on and they are still at the “kissing is yucky” stage, but overall it’s a fascinating story. The conflict is going to be ramped up now and could end in a disastrous way, so I’m eager to keep going.

After we finished reading the latest Dork Diaries book, we moved on to  Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney. The girls loved it. I was rather cool on it. Greg Heffley never changes. He never learns anything. He’s pretty much just a self-centered boy. Not unrealistic, but annoying to me anyway. Now we are reading Emma Dilemma, the Nanny, and the Wedding by Patricia Hermes. We’ve all enjoyed it so far. Emma and her brother Tim are nervous and less than enthusiastic about their nanny, Annie, getting married. Changes aren’t easy for them, which I think is true of many kids. We’re reviewing this for the Amazon Vine program.

I am also excited to say that Circle of Secrets author Kimberley Griffiths Little has a new book coming out in April, When the Butterflies Came. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon. She will be sending the girls and I an ARC of this book to review. We’re very excited, as we absolutely loved Circle of Secrets. 

That’s it from our neck of the woods. Hope you’ve read some great books this past month.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

diaryThe Diary of a Wimpy Kid series returns with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel.

Life is never simple for Greg Heffley, but now that love is in the air things are even more challenging. A Valentine’s Day dance at his middle school finds Greg scrambling for a date. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s no surprise. At home, Greg’s marriage-challanged Uncle Gary moves in, and his advice meant to help Greg find a date for the dance doesn’t always prove the most useful.

No matter how many of these books I read, I’m always frustrated by the fact that Greg remains such a self-centered, unfeeling jerk. When I think of wimpy kids, I think of say, Ned Bigby from Ned’s Declassified, who is overall a good kid, but just nowhere near to being popular, and so tiny he gets picked on a lot. In every Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Greg’s inability to sympathize or care about anyone other than himself makes him an unlikeable character for me. I don’t feel sorry that things turn out for him the way they do because he deserves at least half of what he gets.

What I will say, however, is that the Lil Diva (11) and the Lil Princess (9) love these books. They read them for entertainment value alone. I have to admit they are a laugh a minute. And honestly, I feel the girls need books like this that are light reads, because we always have two books going at the same time, and the other is usually heavily immersed in drama. Alongside The Third Wheel we’ve been reading The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Heirsch. This is dystopian fiction. The main character, Stephen, has lost family members to the influenza, and now his father is in a coma, leaving him feeling very much alone. Definitely no laughs in that one.

While the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is never going to be my favorite, with The Third Wheel, Kinney’s characters are just as funny and outlandish as they were at the beginning. If your kids enjoyed other books in this series, they will love this one.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books; First Edition edition (November 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419705849
ISBN-13: 978-1419705847

I bought this book from my daughter’s book fair. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley and the gang are back in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney.

It’s that nervous time between Thanksgiving and Christmas where Greg doesn’t want to do anything wrong and risk getting stiffed by Santa. When school property is damaged, Greg becomes the prime suspect. As the authorities close in, a surprise blizzard traps the Heffley family indoors. He knows he’s going to have to face his punishment once it’s all over, but what could be worse than being trapped inside with your family for Christmas?

My girls have been addicted to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series since we began reading them in 2010. They’re funny and talk about life the way it is sometimes: nasty big brothers, annoying younger siblings, out of touch parents, and how easily one can be misunderstood. We’ve read all the books up to this point, and from time to time I got tired of them. It seemed nothing every changed for Greg–or anyone else for that matter. Cabin Fever has rejuvenated my interest in the series.

Greg is looking for cash to buy Christmas presents and things go horribly wrong. When hasn’t something like that happened to you at some point? He discovers one of his mother’s well-kept secrets, and isn’t too thrilled about it. Been there. Done that. And if things weren’t already bad enough, he’s now trapped inside his house with his family during a blizzard.

The Lil Diva (10), the Lil Princess (8) and I laughed so hard while reading this one. Kinney captures what it’s like to be this age and does so with a heavy dose of humor. I look forward to more Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover:224 pages
  • Publisher:Amulet Books; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1419702238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702235
  • SRP:  $13.95

I purchased a copy of this book for the Lil Princess as a Christmas gift. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I received no monetary compensation.