The Diary of a Wimpy Kid children’s books may be very popular but not every child should read them.
Recently, I’ve been wondering if I’m the only mother who despises the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series of children’s books? The first book achieved NY Times Best Seller status. Several other books swiftly followed and now the movie is scheduled to be released this month. The book has proven to be amazingly popular among kids. Like most things, the older kids start reading it and then it trickles down to the younger kids who want to emulate the older kids.
In case you aren’t familiar with the story, it’s about Greg, a young boy in middle school who writes about his life in a “journal” because real men don’t write diaries. The book is illustrated like a comic book and written in the first person. My oldest daughter devoured all the books and thought that they were “SO FUNNY.” In fact, she gave me the first book to read so that I could see how funny it was. Imagine my surprise when I started reading the book and discovered that the main character is quite mean-spirited, narcissistic and not someone that I would want my daughter to emulate.
As a parent, I want to encourage my children to read and foster a love of books. I probably wouldn’t have made a big fuss about this book series except that my daughter started imitating some of the antics that the main character tries to pull off. That’s when I knew that I needed to talk about this book and discuss the behavior of the main character.
I don’t believe in censorship but I do believe in making sure that the reader has the maturity to handle the subject matter. My 8 year old daughter (who is in the 3rd grade) clearly didn’t. I guess we’ll be skipping the movie…