Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul, a book review

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Road trips are awesome. They are filled with great family memories and photo opps. Well, unless you are the Heffley Family.

The ninth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series tackles the ever quintessential American family road trip. Greg Heffley’s mom finds an article in a parenting magazine and has a starry-eyed vision of the adventure she could have with her husband and three boys in tow. They would see historically significant sights, eat locally grown food and grow closer together as a family through this trip. It would be perfect.

Never has a road trip gone so wrong.

From lost keys to flat tires, biting pigs and cheese snack loving seagulls, you can bet you and your kids are in for a wild ride as you venture out on this classic family vacation with the Heffleys. While reading it with my 5-year-old son I was reminded of our own cross country road trip. The car was packed to the gills since we were moving from Seattle to Maryland. We had bags overflowing with snacks and more activities than could possibly entertain the kids. Unlike the Heffleys, we also had a plan. After reading The Long Haul I have never been so happy to be a travel planner in my life. We get spontaneous with our adventures, but nothing like mama Heffley tried to do.

Although my son couldn’t read this book on his own, I found it was the perfect chapter book for us to read together because of the illustrations on each page. He was able to hear the story as I read it, but also stay focused thanks to the fun black and white drawings. This was our first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, mainly picked up because of the road trip we had just finished. I think we are hooked now and will certainly go back to read the first eight. I have a feeling we have missed out on a few fun adventures with the Heffley family.

Publisher’s Synopsis: A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul (Book 9)
Author: Jeff Kinney
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Publisher: Amulet Books; 1st edition
Publication Date: November 4, 2014, $7.75 hardcover, $6.99 Kindle
Format: HardcovereBook
Language: English
Pages: 217
ISBN: 978-1419711893
For ages: 8-12

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Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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