Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, is the tenth novel in the popular series by Jeff Kinney, and I can say that it is still going strong. Although the formula may feel familiar, the book does enough to change it up a bit, and still make it feel like something fresh and unique. This time, readers will get to see how Greg Heffley, the main character, will deal with the prospect of going “Old School”, hence the title. What does this mean? Well, his whole town will be voluntarily going electronics-free for a weekend, and whose idea was it? His own mom! The story provides the basis for some hilarious situations, but it doesn’t make up the whole book. Later on, Greg goes on a field trip to a camp, and I found that part to be the best section of the book! The story is simply great and original. Of course, there are also the characters of Wimpy Kid too. This time, I found the book to be mostly showing Greg, as the other characters didn’t show up as much as the other books in the series. Greg has a keen eye for everything going on, and as we see it from his point of view, sometimes you feel bad for what this kid has to go through. Also, we get to see Rowley Jefferson, Greg’s close friend who falls into the same pitfalls that Greg has to go through.
Old School uses the same writing style that all the previous books have used. The journal that Greg writes feels authentic and shows what he is thinking about. I also found that a lot of the situations were much sillier than the previous books in the series. This provides for added comic relief, as well as a slapstick sort of humour, which works well for the book. The story can be split into two parts, and they provide two separate situations which are both equally funny. The book has a good length and illustrations further add to the feel of the book.
I can say that I would definitely recommend this book, as it provides a simple and cute story for readers who want a quick read. Although it isn’t the best of the series, it has the same consistent quality and is just as funny and full of comedy. The end of the book is the best part and you can definitely read Old School without having to read all of the other books within the series.
I would rate this book a 7/10.