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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Review by Grace Clark

The book I will be reviewing is Diary of a Wimpy Kid which most of you will have read or heard of. Here is a brief summary:

Greg Heffely has just started middle school (American secondary school), and has a younger brother called Manny who is in preschool and a older brother called Rodrick who is in high school (the American College/Sixth Form). He lives with them and his mum and dad, he also has a best friend, Rowley. It tells us the story of his life throughout one year from his point of view: his ‘ups’, like joining the safety patrol at school and missing pre-algebra; and his ‘downs’, like having one of the worst Christmases ever .

I really like this book because not only is it an easy read, but it is also very funny. The characters are realistic and the story keeps you guessing as to what will happen next, or how Greg’s crises will be sorted out. My favourite scene in the book is when Greg, ( the main character), gets the part of a tree in his school play but I will tell you no more about that scene and if you want to find out what happens you will have to read the book. My dislikes in this book are that nothing too dramatic happens and there is very little action.

Overall I think this book is funny and a really good book for boys and girls to read. It is good for all ages as well and will bring people together in their comments towards this book

This book is also part of a series of movies about the first three books and is the first book of a series of six books with a movie diary as well to tell us about the behind the scenes of the films and a new just released book called Hard Luck, so watch out for it. I give this book 4 stars out of 5 as it has so many positives that override the negatives!

The walking dead is an apocalyptic world in which walkers (zombies) roam free. The first season was met with positive reviews from critics and gained 5.35 million viewers

The Walking Dead

Review by Bradley Guest-Hodgson

on its premiere. The finale garnered six million viewers and among adults ages 18–49, making it the most viewed basic cable drama series of all time. Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season consisting of 13 episodes, which premiered on October 16, 2011.

What makes The Walking Dead so much more than a horror show is that it plays with theatrical grandeur, on a canvas that feels real, looks cinematic and has an orchestral score to match. For all its set pieces, however, Walking is most breathtaking in its small moments, in which the pain and glory of being human are conveyed with only the flick of a filmmaking wrist. The Walking Dead may depend more on suspense, desolate atmosphere, and creative storytelling than fine acting. The show takes a nightmare generally told in movies and opens it up for the medium of TV. I'm optimistic that Darabont & Co. will continue to find ways to make the characters interestingly human as they dodge death's slow, ruthless pursuit.