"Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ." -- 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV)
When I was a youngster, Dennis the Menace comics were a particular favorite of mine. I don't know if it was what he did, or the fact that his name was similar to mine (Dennis Mitchell). Perhaps it was a little of both.
When a live action television series was developed, I was quite interested in seeing it. With the first episode, I was hooked. Jay North seemed to be Dennis the Menace even more than the cartoon character was. I also found that Joseph Kearns' portray of George Wilson also expanded my enjoyment of the stories.
Keep that background in mind as I address this book. I found Diary of a Wimpy Kid to be a brilliant book, one that admire for its truth about youngsters as well and its wonderful exposition of the truth. I didn't read anything about The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary before receiving it. When I did, I was delighted to see that it describes how Diary of a Wimpy Kid was developed first as a book and then adapted and presented as a live action movie, much as Dennis the Menace was adapted and presented on television.
While I know a lot about movie development, production, and direction, I was very pleased to see that The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary provided lots of entertaining information about how artistic and practical decisions were made, as well as the inevitable funny problems that occur in movies. I especially wanted to know about how they aged that piece of cheese. I'm sure you know which one.
Before reading this book, I didn't have much interest in seeing the movie . . . feeling that it would be hard to match the book. Having read The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, my appetite was whetted to see how well the movie turned out. Why? It looks like a lot of love and care went into creating an honest version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid that might be just as pleasing to me as the Dennis the Menace television shows were.
Why don't you read the book, take in the movie, and see what you think?
I suspect you'll be glad if you do.
If you don't know much about the movies, you'll have an extra treat in store. This book does a great job of explaining the more important processes (except for raising the money).
What are you waiting for? You're not afraid of a piece of cheese, are you?