Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons is told from the point of view of Greg, a boy whose mom makes him keep a journal about his life. A childlike scrawl and scribbly line drawings illustrate the story. The writing is sharp, and the artwork, though deceptively simple, is both entertaining and expressive—it makes an efficient storytelling tool, adding comic punch to these funny-because-they're-true scenes from the life of a picked-on student who's just trying to make it through school in one piece.

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