Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever

7.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Great combination of art & fun story

Greg acts younger then his age

Book Info

Book Name: Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6:  Cabin Fever

Publisher:  Scholastic Publishing/Amulet Books

Writer: Jeff Kinney

Artist: Jeff Kinney

Release Date:  November 15, 2011


Christmas is a lot of pressure

Christmas is coming and Greg Heffley is getting ready for it.  A money making scheme for Greg and Rowley goes wrong, and Greg is accused of vandalism.  As Greg fears he’ll get nothing for Christmas and the police might be coming for him, a massive snowstorm hits stranding Greg and his family in the house.  Will the storm end before Christmas comes?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Cabin Fever is written by Jeff Kinney and the 6th book in the wildly popular series.  Following Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5:  The Ugly Truth.  It was released on November 15, 2011 and like others in the series, it had huge pre-sales and a giant release.

Like most of The Diary of the Wimpy Kids, what really sells the story is the fun art.  Kinney’s ability to give life to Greg and his family through the simple drawing is almost maddening in a “why didn’t I think of that” way.  What Kinney can do however is connect with everyone’s common memories.  A lot of what Greg experiences is stuff that I can remember doing with friends.


This can’t be good

This book is a bit better than some of the other Wimpy Kid books, it is nice to have the central holiday theme especially since kids’ lives revolve around the holiday season.  The only problem I have with this idea is that Greg still believes in Santa Claus.  The problem is that the books probably are aimed at kids below Greg’s age (they can be enjoyed by all however) and those kids might believe, but for a kid who is in middle school still believing in Santa Claus just makes Greg look a little weird (if his friend Rowley had still believed, I would buy that…and it would make for fun story ideas).

The Wimpy Kid series continues to impress.   They are fun and short and can be enjoyed by a wide range of kids.  With huge sales, the series looks like it has legs and will continue strong.  The problem with this is that the series could wear thin.  A few of the previous books have been a little weak.  Hopefully, the series will be closer to this book and continue to evolve.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6:  Cabin Fever is followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7:  The Third Wheel in 2012.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7:  The Third Wheel

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8:  Hard Luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 9:  The Long Haul

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