Editorial Reviews. Review. "The Wimpy Kid series marches on These diaries continue to be Book 10 of 13 in Diary of a Wimpy Kid (13 Book Series). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (Book 10). ISBN: Hardcover Published: November $ Life was better in the old days. Or was it?. Read "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School" by Jeff Kinney available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get £3 off your first download. In the tenth book, more.
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eBook · Diary of a . Or is going 'old school' just too hard for a kid like Greg ? 'The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid' - The Sun'. Great Book! Ifthepage appears blank, flip to the next page and flip back and you should have words on the page. Reviewer: akanksha kumar. Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That's the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free.
However, he decides not to attend. Ah the humor: Don't even get me started in his brothers! And their pet pig And the whole stinky cabin situation?
Reading it was like living it, and I am kind of a clean freak so ew! Silas Scratch the Undead Farmer will probab Ah the humor: Silas Scratch the Undead Farmer will probably haunt me next time I go camping Seriously though, it was such a fun light read: D It made me smile and laugh when I felt miserable from my sore throat!
Love it! And I'm sure you all will too!! And no, I'm not too old for these books! No one is too old to get a good laugh: View all 18 comments. Jun 13, Chris Perry marked it as to-read Shelves: View all 55 comments.
Nov 06, Nusrat Mahmood rated it liked it Shelves: I hardly find humor in this one. I haven't understand why Jeff didn't use Manny properly. View all 16 comments. Dec 17, Vani rated it it was amazing. Kudos to the author for creating these fun books. I could be tense or upset or tired and all I have to do is just read a page or two of The Wimpy Kid and it totally cracks me up. As long as Jeff Kinney is writing these books, I promise to read each one of them.
So, this book is about how life used to be in old times when 'three generations lived under the same roof', when people lived 'without electronics', and free of other modern amenities we take so much for grante This is one AMAZING series. So, this book is about how life used to be in old times when 'three generations lived under the same roof', when people lived 'without electronics', and free of other modern amenities we take so much for granted.
Quite as a shock to Greg Heffley, a middle schooler, his Mom has decided to bring his Grandpa home to stay with them, which means Greg would now have to sleep in a different room.
His brother Rodrick was never his favourite and younger brother Manny is getting potty trained, too, which means the latter must roam around the house without pants every night-- not a very savoury situation for poor Greg as you can see.
His school has always been a struggle, and now his home, too. Amidst all this chaos, a few days away to Hardscrabble Farms with his classmates seems like a pleasant idea. However, unbeknown to him, there is a lot that's just waiting to ruin his trip-- the food, the toilet and their chaperon Mr Jefferson. How will he survive the ordeal? Deal with Silas Scratch?
I gave this book as a birthday present to someone very special and it was totally worth it. Strongly recommended to all my friends. Some of those lines that really had me in splits: For all I knew, there could be a whole colony of ticks living in there. In fact, they were constantly getting into trouble. At one point a bunch of them were playing in a pile of fertiliser, and someone had to chase them out of there.
View all 3 comments. Nov 05, Jeff Raymond rated it liked it Shelves: I've been continually impressed by how high the quality of the Wimpy Kid books have been as the series has progressed. We're close to 10 years worth of the books now and, while at one time this was rumored to be the final book, that might not be so anymore. I wonder if that's part of the reason why this one was just okay. The charm of the books comes from the seemingly tied together stories to go along with the broader arc.
I'd say the issue with this one was that the story with Greg's grandfathe I've been continually impressed by how high the quality of the Wimpy Kid books have been as the series has progressed. I'd say the issue with this one was that the story with Greg's grandfather wasn't terribly engaging, and the rest was ultimately forgettable almost as soon as I read it.
Not a great combination for a book that sort of requires a little more to keep it going. Kids will keep loving this in any regard. If you've read the first nine and you're a kid obsessed with this series, this won't be the thing to change your mind.
For this adult reader, though, it really felt like a rather broad misstep of stories maybe better relegated as subplots for a better tale.
Aug 03, Hayley rated it really liked it. I will never tire of this wonderful series.
I own and have read all of the books apart from the very latest two which I will of course be getting too! These books are just a fun fly of a read and the nostalgia welcomes me back to these quirky characters and their extraordinary situations. Greg is just relatable on so many levels and I seem to relate to him the older I get, funnily enough. His crazy family never get old and this particular story had me rooted to my spot and I would not move until I I will never tire of this wonderful series.
His crazy family never get old and this particular story had me rooted to my spot and I would not move until I had read to the last page. In a matter of hours, this story was over and I was shocked at how immersed I was in this story. These books are wonderful for a reading slump or just some light and fun material to enjoy in general.
I hope this series never ends, the books keep getting better and better! Where will Greg and his crazy life take us next? Nov 20, Philip rated it liked it Shelves: I imagine I'll keep reading these as long as Kinney continues putting them out. I wish I knew when they'd be over though. I don't like the thought of it just ending. Although, if I'm honest with myself, that's how my diary journal ended as a kid.
One day: That was it. I just stopped writing in it, and couldn't get back into it. And I kept the thing for years.
I thought it was funny when Heffley said early on page 15 , "And to be honest with you, I feel like I've been in middle school FORE I imagine I'll keep reading these as long as Kinney continues putting them out. Which side of the mirror am I on? Don't let my 3 stars fool you, the jokes are all still there. I just started to feel like I've been rating too high for too long. I may go back and re-evaluate my entire goodreads collection. My favorite joke from this book? I'm not sure.
Maybe when the town had given up their electronics for the weekend, and everybody went to Frew for stuff they'd usually get from their phones: It's a quick, worthwhile read. View 2 comments. Jul 27, Pooja rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm laughing so hard that I need to put efforts typing this review. Gregory is fed up about grown-ups always talking that it was better in their days and all the drama.
He thinks it's not true. And he'll prove it to us. But will it be easy for a wimpy kid who has now a pig in his home as a pet, a pig who's manny's favorite, walks 'Rowley said that he doesn't want to cut the lemons because he said they cause tears.
But will it be easy for a wimpy kid who has now a pig in his home as a pet, a pig who's manny's favorite, walks in two legs and such a mastermind who knows how to remove a GPS collar from its neck, that too wearing Manny's pants!!
Will it be possible with Gregory having his Grandpa in his house for the summer who is as crazy as anyone in the series, having party over the house when nobody's home, sending invites to all other adults, messing up with the house rules and getting a time-out for it!!! Will it be possible for Gregory to have a normal life with everyone around him getting on his nerves and making things a way too weird for him!! Will his summers ever go as he planned or like always he'll get to say 'Summer didn't go as I planned!
To have a good time, read this one! Apr 29, Anna the Annonymous Android rated it it was amazing. I think I'm hyperventilating [image error]. And I thought that was adorable so I read the whole thing in an hour. Such a easy read to get through and can be enjoyed at any age. Awesome book! Now I understand why my little sister loves these books.
They are hilarious!!! Dec 11, Drewthereader19 rated it really liked it. Series done! View all 10 comments. Dec 09, Nashali rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jeff never gets old. I really liked this book, I'm a huge fan of Greg. I loved the characters in this one but I kind of missed Rowley and Manny. But it was great and funny. This is my favorite cover of all. I can't wait to read the next one! May 27, michelle rated it it was amazing. Jun 09, Sam Stefani rated it it was amazing.
It is good. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I mean How is that even possible? Plus, how is it possible for Greg to wear first his shoes and then his socks? Even without his mothe 3. Even without his mother's 'timetable' he is..
I find this to be really unrealistic to be honest and it kinda ruined the whole book for me. There were some things, though that I liked and these ones made me vote this book with 4 stars. The camp story. Plus, the whole thing that happened in the camp, Silas Scratch and everything made me roll on my bed from too much laughing.
Overall, it was a good book. My favorite in the series was the ninth one. I told my brother about my problems with this book but he just laughed. Nov 06, Ms. B rated it liked it Shelves: The pet pig from the last book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is back. Roderick gets a job and Grandpa Dad's dad moves in. But some things never change, Greg is still in middle school.
Greg thinks maybe that's what started Susan on the no-technology thing. This reminds him of the fact that all the ladies at Grandpa's party signed her petition and the unplugging will be that Saturday. He then says unplugging is a bad idea as their town would be the last to know if there was a zombie apocalypse. On Friday, the citizens were supposed to clean up a playground that went to the dogs due to lack of money and the cellphone path ends at the creek.
On Saturday, everything is unplugged, and a lot of people are out walking. Frank suggests Greg open a lemonade stand like he and Giles did, and gives him twenty dollars in seed money.
Greg calls Rowley to be the partner and as the boys have no computers at the moment they decide to wing the recipe, which they do by downloading all the lemons in the store and dropping them all into the jug. To make up for it, they add a whole bag of sugar. But Frank points out they had also bought limes, so they had to get rid of those, and they also had to actually juice the lemons.
Rowley is scared they'd make his eyes water, but Greg says no, that's onions, but puts a snorkel on Rowley anyway, then gets juice in his eye, and Rowley says, "I told you so". The boys then set up the stand. Business does not go so good. One lady told them they needed to mix it, but did not want some even when they did that, a few other people said it was too sweet, so Greg got more water from the hose, but people didn't like where he got it from.
One man did not like the fact the boys were using the same glass, despite the fact they were rinsing it.
They try waiting inside and putting in a pay jar, but a boy on a skateboard doesn't pay, so they go back. They start paying fifty cents for the people going down the hill and a dollar for those going up as the latter looked thirstier. A few people also start tipping.
However, Cedric Cunningham sets up another lemonade stand, which is much fancier and advertised as being for raising money to download medicine for a sick cat. The boys then decide to sell water so there are two drink options, so they call it N. G Fitness Water to make it sell. To prove it is "fitness water", Greg has Rowley do jumping jacks and push-ups near the stand, but he gets out of breath.
They ask a muscular man to tell customers he got that muscle by drinking the water, but he is not interested. One man wanted to do that, but he was not muscly so he got paid to tell folks he didn't drink the water.
They move their business to the park, Rowley taking a drink halfway, where lots of people drink the water due to a broken fountain, but Susan says that making people who are volunteering pay is tacky. Greg disagrees as hydrated people work twice as fast, and they argue. While they are arguing, the flowerbed workers use the water to water the plants. Greg is about to refill the bottles, but Susan wants them to help. Greg does not want to as he is a "businessman", but Rowley helps.
Susan says Greg should too as she has fond memories of taking a younger Greg to the park, and if they didn't clean it, other family members with kids would not have the same happy times.
Greg tries to do cleaning, but little kids play in the fertilizer and the leaves, making a mess. Soon, everything is chaotic and a bus full of teenagers in orange jumpsuits with crime histories shows up. They begin to fight, but then a troop of Girl Scouts shows up. They organize the helpers into several teams, the leader of Greg's leaf-raking team being a Brownie , and even sell cookies and help with the community garden.
Greg says that would not work with boys his age. Frew gets asked a bunch of questions by grown-ups.
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Once raking is over, they change groups, so Greg dashes for the creek, remembering how he used to catch minnows and then pretend to swim while on swim team, but eventually got busted as Frank showed up early.
Frew follows, as some of the adults were being a bit annoying, and then a boy from Community Service at first thought to by Greg to be a bear shows up. It is Rodrick's friend Billy Rotner who stole gummy worms a month ago, and Greg is worried Billy will get them all in trouble. But Billy says he is running away, and says that the reason why he stole the gummy worms was because when he was little, his mother bought him and his brother a pack of gummy worms to share, but his brother ate the whole gummy worms, and since he has never eaten sour gummy worms before.
Then, Frew tells about how he wakes up at five every morning to study geography, and while he doesn't mind that in itself, he wishes he could play laser tag but has never gotten to as his parents say it is a waste of time.
Greg feels sad and decides to go back, but the Brownie shows up and all three boys take off and run. Soon, all the Girl Scouts are after them. Greg worries about he and Frew harboring a fugitive and wonders if Girl Scouts can arrest. Billy leads the way.
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Soon, they are ahead of the Girl Scouts and eat some cookies Billy had. Billy then says that they should take their clothes off to throw off any dogs. Frew and Billy strip down to their underwear, but Greg does not want to take advice from a criminal.
He tries to leave, but Frew says they should stick together so they could run away and maybe even join the circus. Billy gets inspired and wonders if people will make a movie about them. It turns out Susan changed her mind about electronics and when she got a tracking device for the pig, she put one on Greg's shoelace too.
But Susan is more like "electronics-free". October Since the park incident, Frank has become angry and believes both Greg can't be watched on his own. Greg starts to think there's a camera in Manny's stuffed duck. Luckily for Greg, Susan takes Frank to the airport on a business trip on Friday morning. The same morning, Greg tries to cap his toothpaste tube after brushing his teeth like Frank said, but drops the cap in the sink, where it bounces and falls down the drain.
Greg tries to fish the cap out with a cotton swab, but all he fishes up is hair and junk, and he guarantees the reader he will never be a plumber.
He opens the cabin under the sink, and reads one of Frank's do-it-yourself plumbing books, but can't make sense of it so he decides to wing it. He takes out a plastic tube, but water sprays out and by the time he shuts off the valve, there is a puddle on the floor. He dries it up, but it leaks into the kitchen. Grandpa drives Greg into town to download paint that would hide the water stain, but he has no license, so he clips a trash can and a mailbox.
He then takes the exit ramp instead of the entry ramp and then the car conks out because they are out of gas. Grandpa walks to the service station, leaving Greg in the car. Then, the community service gang, including Billy, shows up. Greg locks the doors, hides beneath the dashboard, holds his breath and prays.
The community service crew eats lunch on the car and leaves, leaving a mess. Greg tries to pull himself up by holding the handle as his legs are asleep but accidentally shifts the car into neutral and it rolls forward. Grandpa shows up, and Greg swerves the car into a ditch, so Susan comes two hours later with the towing company. The fender is broken, and Greg decides to go to Hardscrabble Farms to escape from Frank.
Campers must bring bug spray, hiking boots, a raincoat, a canteen, a day pack, jeans, a plastic bag, sunscreen, toiletries and wool socks each, and electronic devices and "junk" food are not allowed.
At school, Greg wonders if he's unprepared, because all the other children have a whole lot of gear than Greg. Also the stuff takes up half the space in the bus, forcing the kids to double up on seats by sitting down on kid's laps.
A boy standing next to Greg says his older brother went to Hardscrabble Farms a few years ago and told him all about this farmer named Silas Scratch who lived at Hardscrabble Farms a long time ago, but the county came in and kicked him off his land. Another boy says he heard that after that happened, Silas Scratch went to live in the forest, where he survived by eating slugs and berries.
Then Melinda Henson says that she heard that during that time, he went crazy and grew his fingernails really long. Healey says that a kid named Frankie was traumatized when he saw Silas Scratch's shack in the woods when he was a child. Then, Mrs. Graziano goes over the rules, and the chaperons go through everyone's bags, confiscating any sugary food, namely Mike Barrows 's Swedish Fish and Duane Higgins 's giant chocolate-chip cookie. Jones skips Greg's luggage. They then have hot dogs, baked beans and stuffed peppers for lunch, after which they scrape the leftovers into a pot.
Greg doesn't like stuffed pepper. He asks Mr. Healey why they put leftovers in a pot and he replies that the leftovers get used for stew the next meal. The female chaperons lead the girls into their cabin, and Susan almost, but not quite, volunteers, and Greg wishes she had, because he is seeking love advice. In the groups, the troublemakers are spread out, and Mr. Nuzzi 's strict group is the only one that has more than one troublemaker.
Greg's group has Rowley and has Mr.
Jefferson as the chaperon. One nervy kid named Julian Trimble is in Greg's group. They pick out beds, but bedding is unavailable, Greg picks a top bunk in case Julian wets the bed. Jefferson bunks underneath him. During the Trust Fall, Jordan Lankey does his fall when the others are not ready, and Jeffrey Swanson does his, but makes them collapse as he is a large boy, Rowley and Gareth Grimes crash into each other, lodging Gareth's tooth into Rowley's forehead, so he has to go see a doctor or, as Greg says, maybe a dentist.
During the Bucket Brigade, they spill the water. They then tie each other together, but can't get untied, which is unfortunate as Timothy Ames needs to use the bathroom.
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At dinner, it is chicken patties, corn on the cob and stew, which Greg skips. Jordan finds a taco shell in his stew. After dinner, they check each other for ticks. Greg remembers swallowing a live spider in the woods. A beetle climbs into a boy's ear. Everybody except Greg goes crazy because a tick was on Julian and they wrestle with each other when Mr. Jefferson is gone, and then get dirty and go to bed early.
The next day, Mr. Jefferson wakes the boys up at the crack of dawn, and they shower in the water, but the staff doesn't know that it actually had the other boys' sweat in it, but Greg knows so he wipes himself with baby wipes in the bathroom. At breakfast, the pancakes are hard as rocks. Graziano says they were going to work like farm children.
They move the hay bales, and Mr. Nuzzi's group move them back. Greg has a flashback to when he was assigned a "secret mission" to deliver a note as a first-grader, and then another note but one day he was curious about what was in the notes, he opened it and it was BLANK, the reason was being Susan was worried about his self-esteem, which is why Greg doesn't take work seriously.
The boys then paint a fence, repair a stone wall and stack firewood. Jeffrey theorizes that it is his gravestone, and they are now cursed, but Greg says that it would be good if Silas was dead, and for it to be his grave, he'd have had to bury himself, but then Gareth theorizes that Silas Scratch is undead. Someone thought they saw Silas Scratch, and someone else thought they saw him on the other side of camp at the same time, then Albert Sandy theorizes that Silas moves through the pipes, making the kids too scared to use the bathrooms.
The next day, after farm chores, Greg takes a nap, while Gareth , Jeffrey and Jordan are sick of stew so they without tackle or a fishing pole catch a fish from the river, using Jeffrey's shirt as a NET. Nobody wants to eat it, so they put it in the toilet. Greg tries to get a bucket so he can put it back, but Mr. Jefferson shows up, asking Greg where the others are as Julian, Graham and the other one are absent and the three impromptu fishermen are still in the bathroom.
Greg asks him to check the river, so he leaves. Graziano hands out letters. Susan's letter reads "Dear Gregory, We miss you so much!
Can't wait until you're back home. Hope you are having a wonderful time! Rodrick's letter, Greg doesn't like and it reads "Dear Greg, I found your candy bars. Here, you can smell the wrappers.
Har, har, har. Julian cries after getting a photo of his mother and dog. One boy reads his letter to the kids without letters, which says, "I made you a batch of your favorite cookies and put them in the fridge for when you get home! Love, Mom. At the cabin, it is revealed that Graham mailed the box to himself, and he shares the food he got.
Jefferson is mad at the boys due to the fish and thinks it is a practical joke by Greg so he has to stay in the cabin with Mr. The next day, a lot of the kids are homesick, but the chaperones tell them that they can only go home if there's some sort of MEDICAL reason. Melinda Henson makes herself sick by eating too much stew. It didn't work and Melinda was sent back to rejoin her group after a few hours at the nurse.
Julian makes himself sick by eating half of deodorant.Greg figures that he might be stuck chaperoning at the farm when he is older and he will want to use the shack as well, so he continues to spread rumors about Silas Scratch. Greg encounters his dad, who explains that he invented Silas Scratch to prevent people from coming in the shack because he wanted to use it as shelter himself. To get Grandpa to move out so he doesn't have to share with Manny and Grandpa who mopes around the house in his bathrobe , Greg wants him to be dating as he and Darlene broke up, but he online dates fifty women.
His school has always been a struggle, and now his home, too. The pink wasn't helping the cause with getting all the familiar. Old School Jeff Kinney. Also, he remembers a few months ago, when the Heffleys went to brunch after church and he took a photo of himself with Susan's phone to see if he had spinach in his teeth, but the lady in front of him thought he was taking a photo of her and would not let them leave until she looked through the pictures on Susan's phone to make sure he hadn't.
Frank disapproves, but Susan says that as a child, her grandparents lived in the same house as her. Hardcover , pages.