Saturday, February 28, 2009


On February 28, 2009, I hosted a "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" at the Bucyrus Public Library. There were 36 participants in attendance, a good mix of both boys and girls!

As the participants arrived, each was given a nametag. I used an Ellison die shaped like a house for this program. Everyone gathered in a group as a biography of Jeff Kinney was shared. Participants were thrilled to know that more books in the series are planned and to find out that Fox 2000 has picked up an option to make a live-action movie that will include the first three books.

Once the biography was concluded, trivia questions were read. The group proved to be absolute scholars on the series, as they answered question after question!

Once this was done, participants could choose the following craft stations:

In the series, Rowley, who is Greg's best friend, is falsely accused of chasing kindergarteners with a worm on a stick, which proves to really be Greg with his coat over his head. Participants colored and cut out a worm shape and then glued it to a large craft stick.

This activity was taken from activity guide available online for the third book in the series, The Last Straw. On the left hand side of the page is a small drawing of Greg Heffley's dream house, complete with indoor pool, bowling alley, and go-kart track! On the right hand side, participants got to design their own dream homes.

In the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Darnell Washington falls and brushes the moldy cheese that's been lying on the basketball court with his finger, thus creating "The Cheese Touch". Participants got to create their own pieces of moldy cheese by coloring and cutting out a cheese pattern and then adding arms, legs, and a face to it.

This activity was also taken from The Last Straw activity guide. On the left-hand size of the page are listed 4 rules for the Heffley family. Participants were challenged to come up with four rules of their own for their families. We compiled these on a board. Some of our favorites were:

Tacos every day for dinner!

Video games are always allowed!

Don't make me eat green beans!

Steak for dinner every night!

Let me sleep in every day!

Dessert with every meal!

Don't kill youself or burn the house down when Mom and Dad aren't there! (my personal favorite!)

Don't wake me up on weekends until 9:00 a.m.

Participants were also treated to snacks, which consisted of juice pouches, cookies, pretzels, and, since the Cheese Touch plays such an important part in the books, cheese-flavored popcorn.

Two copies of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book were also purchased and given away as door prizes.

I have also developed a read-alike list and did an in-house display of the books listed. This display was up in our Children's Room for the month preceding the program. Fliers advertising the program were sent to all area elementary and middle schools.

As I mentioned above, there is an activity guide available on-line that goes along with the latest book, The Last Straw. Some of the activities included in it could be used to enhance your program.


Barb said...

In case you are interested, here is the read-alike list that I compiled:


Amato, Mary The naked mole rat letters

Balliett, Blue Chasing Vermeer series

Birdsall, Jeanne The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

Birdseye, Tom Attack of the mutant underwear

Boniface, William The extraordinary adventures of Ordinary Boy series

Bouani, Jennifer Tyler and his solve-a-matic machine

Clements, Andrew Frindle

Clements, Andrew The janitor's boy

Clements, Andrew Lunch money

Clements, Andrew No talking

Clements, Andrew Room one: A mystery or two

Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl series

Davies, Jacqueline The lemonard war

Dowd, Siobhan The London eye mystery

Dowell, Frances O'Roark Phineas L. Macguire...erupts!

Gantos, Jack Heads or tails: Stories of the 6th grade

Gershon, Gina Camp creepy time

Gutman, Dan The get rich quick club

Gutman, Dan The homework machine

Gutman, Dan My weird school series

Holm, Jennifer Middle school is worse than meatlof: A year told through stuff

Hulme, John The Seems: The glitch in sleep

Jinks, Catherine Evil genius

Korman, Gordon Schooled

Korman, Gordon Swindle

Look, Lenore Alvin Ho: Allergic to girls, school, and other scary things

Lubar, David Hidden talents

Lupica, Mike The big field

McDonald, Megan Stink series

Mazer, Anne The amazing days of Abby Hays series

Paulsen, Gary Lawn boy

Pennypacker, Sara Clementine series

Pilkey, Dav Ricky Ricotta series

Pilkey, Dav Captain Underpants series

Reisman, Michael Simon Bloom: The gravity keeper

Rex, Adam The true meaning of Smekday

Rocklin, Joanne For your eyes only

Scieszka, Jon Time Warp Trio series

Schmidt, Gary D. The Wednesday wars

Selznick, Brian The invention of Hugo Cabret

Stewart, Trenton Lee The mysterious Benedict society series

Winkler, Henry Hank Zipzer series

Yep, Laurence Cockroach cooties

NJV said...

I love your ideas! Where did you find the online Last Straw activity guide? I have been searching online but cannot seem to find it.


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Barb said...

The June 2011 issue of School Library Journal also has a great list of "read-alikes"! Check it out!

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