We are now on day 8 of the big 12 Days of Gifts event, meaning Apple has removed Rayman Jungle Run and has posted a new free item for download. Today’s gift is the iBook: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
For those unfamiliar with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it started out as a web comic in the early 2000’s and has since branched out into a wildly popular franchise with books, movies and more. This is book #1 in the series…
From the iTunes description:
“Middle school student Greg Heffley takes readers through an academic year’s worth of drama. Greg’s mother forces him to keep a diary and in it he loosely recounts each day’s events, interspersed with his comic illustrations. Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration, and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg’s often deadpan voice. The hero’s utter obliviousness to his friends and family becomes a running joke. For instance, on Halloween, Greg and his best friend, Rowley, take refuge from some high school boys at Greg’s grandmother’s house; they taunt the bullies, who then T.P. her house. Greg’s journal entry reads, “I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Gramma is retired, so she probably didn’t have anything planned for today anyway.” Kinney ably skewers familiar aspects of junior high life, from dealing with the mysteries of what makes someone popular to the trauma of a “wrestling unit” in gym class.”
Keep in mind that the book is intended for kids aged 8-13, so it won’t be for everyone. But if you fall in that category or have a child that does, it’s worth checking out. The book is highly regarded and is normally $10.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be available for the next 24 hours in the US and Canada, but those in other regions may be seeing a different gift. At any rate, you’ll want to grab 12 Days of Gifts from the App Store for free.