|AUTHOR: Travis Nichols |
PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press
PUBLICATION DATE: Feb. 28, 2012
SOURCE: public library
GIVE IT TO: fans of Diary of A Wimpy Kid
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REVIEW: Meh. I am sure there are plenty of middle school boys who will love this book, but for me, it is slow-paced with dull characters and not enough action or conflict. I honestly didn't care whether Matthew got his drums, though I did enjoy reading about Matthew's creative solutions. I don't think it is a terrible book, but it isn't anything to rave about, either. Matthew Meets the Man lacks the charm of Kinney's Wimpy Kid and Angleberger's Origami Yoda series; though it is supposed to be funny, I didn't laugh or chuckle or even smile when I read scenes that were clearly supposed to be funny.
That said, I do hope author Travis Nichols keeps at it. Books with this conversational illustrated-diary format are incredibly hot right now, and I really wish there were more books like this for middle school readers. I snatch them up for the library whenever I find new ones.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The illustrated diary format will make this one popular, especially with reluctant readers, but that does not make it interesting or well-written.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: Oh, I'll get it. There are better choices out there, but my students love this format and probably won't care that it isn't the best of its genre.
READALIKES: Diary of A Wimpy Kid series (Kinney); Origami Yoda series (Angleberger)
- Overall: 2/5
- Creativity: 2/5
- Characters: 1/5
- Engrossing: 2/5
- Writing: 3/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: mild--"ass", "flippin", "hell"
- Sexuality: mild--some off-page "making out"
- Violence: none
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
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