Thursday, 12 November 2020

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Deep End (#15)

Details of the Book

No. of Pages    : 224 pages

ISBN               : ISBN-10: 0241424143 and ISBN-13: 978-0241424148

Language         : English

From the book blurb

In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. 

But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at a campsite that's not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation - or if they're already in too deep.


Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award winner for Favourite Book. Wrecking Ball, book 14, was published in November 2019, and was an instant #1 global bestseller. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal was published in April 2019, was an instant #1 global bestseller. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time's 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.


What I think

The Deep End, 15th instalment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is all about an adventurous road trip the Heffleys family take. The plan was to unplan! And what happens is an hilarious joyride. As always, the book was funny, breezy and most importantly provided an excuse to simply travel while still sitting on one’s couch.

This instalment in the series, as the plot also goes, is all about a trip that the Heffleys take as a family. So, there are not many characters and one major missing was Rowley. Also, there were not too many different situations or occasions. Therefore, after a point, the rains thunders and blunders become repetitive. However, the cartoons help in visualizing better and as always, the faces of each of these characters do not fail to evoke laughter. The story begins with the Heffleys living under the basement of Greg’s grandmother. It is a very small portion of the story, but that was more relatable and funnier. If only the author chose to explore the life of Greg in cramped indoors with a strict and no-nonsense mother, perennially working from home father and, a near toddler and a teenager as brothers.

In short, the highly opinionated Greg aka the Wimpy kid does not fail to hold our attention with his ideas and laziness. I specifically enjoyed reading the incident where Greg is forced to play with a bunch of boys in the campsite. This continues to be that one book which could be read with the family and enjoyed by all regardless of the age group.

Happy reading!



PS: Thank you to the Puffin publications for providing a copy for review.

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