My eight year old, Anthony is a big fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  He’s drug me to all the movies and owns most (if not all) of the books.  For a kid that doesn’t much like to read, I’m always happy to find something that is interesting to him.  When I was offered the latest in the series, The Third Wheel, I decided to take it so Anthony could have the book.  The movies are funny and follow the character, Greg as he muddles through middle school with his friend Rowley.

About the Original Diary of a Wimpy Kid

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Seven hilarious books later and we have The Third Wheel which is about the middle-school Valentines Day dance and the boys’ scramble to find dates.

Love is in the air—but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?

A Valentine’s Day dance at Greg’s middle school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he’s worried he’ll be left out in the cold on the big night. His best friend, Rowley, doesn’t have any prospects either, but that’s a small consolation.

An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves Rowley the odd man out. But a lot can happen in one night, and in the end, you never know who’s going to be lucky in love.

We haven’t read The Third Wheel yet because it’s being saved *wink wink* but I have no doubt it will be a fun read with a lot of entertaining illustrations to keep all of my boys entertained.  All of our Wimpy Kid books are well read and loved.  This book is appropriate for kids about age eight and in third grade (but my first graders like it, too!).  It is available at most bookstores with an MSRP of $13.95 but it is available on Amazon right now for only $7.24 (not sure how long that will last though!).