I’m jealous of Jeff Kinney. I’ve been bugging my kids to read my youth stories for a few years and they refuse. However, this Kinney guy publishes his sixth book in a series and they have the release date – November 15th – marked on the calendar six weeks in advance. They inform me that immediately after school on that day, I must drive them to Chapters, Dartmouth, so they can purchase a copy.
What does this Kinney guy have that I don’t? Oh, a wimpy kid that other kids admire for his farts. He also has great adventures to share and stark honesty that adults can’t handle, like the time the wimpy kid sees his father kiss the dog on the mouth and realises it was better not to tell him the dog had just licked its butt.
Frankly, I think this book, Cabin Fever, is bad news. Its effects are already being felt. My eight-year-old did nothing but read all night. He didn’t even want to go to bed. What’s the world coming to? I have half a mind to sneak into his bedroom after he fallsasleep and snatch it from beneath his pillow. After all, that location is reserved for lost teeth. What will happen if the tooth fairy shows up?
Gosh knows what tomorrow will bring. He might even take it to school and get caught reading in the washroom. I can see the headlines now: Boy Expelled from School Because of Cabin Fever.
It’s going to be a rough couple of days. My boys won’t want to listen, watch television or play outside because of that
But that’s not the worst part. After they finish reading it, they’ll sit at the table for hours, talking about it and planning their own book. The table will be covered with pencils and paper, they’ll be sketching, ignoring bedtimes and homework. They’ll swap plot lines over supper and jokes during breakfast.
And then with all the creative stuff completed, they’ll force me to type up the words, scan their artwork and bring it all together for their own version of A Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Gosh, I don’t know if I’ll survive this Cabin Fever
To learn more about this book and the previous five, visit the Official Website
PS: I did bribe my youngest into reading Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove. He’ll do anything for Mommy. 🙂