Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney (Puffin Books, $17.99)
Review by Ruth Brassington
Neither comics nor novels, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books – this is the eighth – is a series lovingly created by self-confessedly failed newspaper cartoonist Jeff Kinney.
Perhaps because it was launched on my birthday in November, someone thought Hard Luck an appropriate present for me. Maybe being another year older was thought to be hard luck, but, as wimpy kid Greg Haffley says, just ask the Magic 8 Ball if you’re not sure of the answer. This useful fortune-telling device accompanies Greg through thick and thin – mainly thin, being Greg – as he tries to keep and make friends in middle school, answer test questions and walks to and from school dealing with problems all the way.
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