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Author: Jeff Kinney

Illustrator: Jeff Kinney

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Publisher: Amulet Books, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Road trip! Greg Heffley and his family are heading out on an adventure. Greg's mom Susan plans their trip so that they can visit many different places. They visit a county fair where they win a renegade pig; a hotel where there is a family that is out for revenge; and a seagull that joins the family and never stops looking for food ... in the car! Their road trip (as planned) is a disaster, so they decide to go where the road takes them. The Long Haul is the ninth book in the long running Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 9 and up; read yourself: 11 and up

Interest Level: 9 and Up

Reading Level: 5.4

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The book's cover gives you a clue that this road trip is going to be a disaster (that plus it is The Diary of a Wimpy Kid!). Yes, the trip is actually a disaster. There is humor for all ages, which is a good thing. There are some very ridiculous situation - like a renegade pig wanting to leave the fair. What I don’t like is that Greg occasionally gets sidetracked in things that have no relevance to the plot. Overall, kids 10 and up will enjoy this book a lot. I would recommend this as a gift because kids will read it over and over.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: The crazy disasters that happen on this road trip will have everyone laughing (even you, Mom!).

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book kids will come back to over and over when they need a laugh.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BIG NATE ON A ROLL   A COUPLE OF BOYS HAVE THE BEST WEEK EVER   ROSCOE RILEY RULES, 1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs

Educational Themes: This is a book meant to be shared "just because." You might think about planning your own family trip or sharing funny stories about family adventures, but its really just fun to read.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. He borrowed the book from their local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, family, growing up, series

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2015

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