Dear Dumb Diary: My Pants Are Haunted!

by Jim BentonOverall: 2 out of 5 stars

I picked up this one after a parent pulled it out of the checkout pile to have a closer look before approving it and was asking the staff’s opinion. The protagonist, Jamie, is definitely not very nice and has some skewed views on popularity and character (at least in this book, the second in the series; I haven’t read any of the others). They may well be things that kids think but usually don’t say out loud, and reading them in a book may signal to some kids that it’s okay to say those things out loud. Unlike the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, though, Jamie does seem to learn things about her classmates that changes her mind, but it takes a whole lot of pushing to get her there. She is also really not nice to her mother or the family dog. I would tell any parent who questions them and seems sensitive to avoid these books. In general, little socially redeeming value.

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