Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal
spin-off of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
by Jeff Kinney
* * * Stars (Pretty good)
Rowley Jefferson decides to start his own diary after the success of Greg Heffley’s journaling experiment. He shares a few facts about himself, but it quickly becomes all about his friendship with Greg, so he decides to make it official – he’s writing a biography of Greg. Greg is surprisingly cool with this (but then he does have a rather inflated opinion of himself), but naturally wants to have a lot of input into what goes into his biography (it’s not always flattering). Rowley comes off as a bit annoying in Greg’s journals, but from his own perspective he *is* a pretty awesome, friendly kid (like his dad says). Readers will be left wondering why Rowley wants to hang out with Greg, who takes advantage of his good nature and gets him into all kinds of trouble. This manages to be both funny and irritating and those who enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series may enjoy reading about their favorite characters from a different perspective.
Reviewed by YA Librarian