Interest Level Grade 3
Grade Level Equivalent 5
Genre Comedy and Humor, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Diaries and Journals, Series

The Third Wheel is the 7th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I would recommend this book for the younger tween reader. It reads almost like a comic book, with big lettering and comic sketches on almost every page. The subject matter, however, revolves around Greg, an awkward boy in the middle school. His family is weird, his best friend Rowley is weird, and try as hard as he might, he just can’t find a date for the Valentine ’s Day dance. There are some very funny stories involving how to walk when there is a serial “pantser” about, school toilet paper, and how to get a girl to go out on a date with you when most of your friends are still tossing mashed potatoes on the ceiling for sport.

This is a fun and easy read as are all of Jeff Kinney’s other books. The first two Wimpy Kid books were made into movies: Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. An interesting note is that Jeff Kinney wrote the first book as an adult reader. It was supposed to be a humorous look back at the middle school years. Jeff Kinney is also the creator of a free online game called Poptropica which my 11 and 13 year old boys enjoy. I will cover Poptropica in a future blog. This book helps smooth those awkward tween years when the girls are all taller, more sophisticated, and way cooler than the boys.

If you enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you would also enjoy Dave Pilkey’s Captain Underpants Series which I will cover in another blog.

Kinney, J. (2012). Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Third Wheel (1st ed.). New York, NY: Abrams.