Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

By Jeff Kinney

Dec 12, 2011 | Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Elise Jonas-Delson

Genre: Comic novel

Number of pages: 217

What's the basic story line?

Cabin Fever is about Greg Heffley's various unsuccessful attempts to earn money to pay for his online game habit. Greg comes up with an idea for his own holiday event to raise money. After he and his friend Rowley hang up their advertisements at school, the school walls are damaged. Greg keeps his fingers crossed that nobody finds out he and Rowley are responsible. Then school is canceled due to an unexpected blizzard, and Greg finds himself trapped indoors with his family during the holiday season.

Are the characters believable?

A few of the characters are believable, but most are not. Greg is one of the more believable characters, because he likes to do things middle-school boys do, like watch lots of TV and play video games. Greg also doesn't interact with family members very well. Greg's little brother, Manny, is not realistic. While he throws tantrums like some preschoolers do, toward the end of this book, Manny secretly alters the circuit breaker so his room is the only one with heat. Kids his age don't do that.

On a scale of 1to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I would rate Cabin Fever an 8, because the story was engaging and humorous. I love how the author expresses the characters' feelings more in the pictures than with the words. Readers can relate to this book, because the events that happen are common in schools. For example, many schools try to serve healthy lunches and hold "no bullying" campaigns and walkathons. Cabin Fever is a book you will not want to put down!