In this latest book, Greg's mom is on a technology free kick and wants to get back to the good old days. Greg does not agree. In my opinion, the books starts off slowly as we spend time getting to know about Roderick's job, the pig taking over the guest room, and Grandpa living with the family. but it picks up speed when Greg takes a trip to Hardscrabble Farms to avoid telling his dad about the accident with car. At Hardscrabble Farms, Greg and his cabin buddies learn to survive in the wild and avoid Silas Scratch. Life on the Farm goes from bad to worse for the boys in their stinky cabin when the clogged toilet overflows. Thankfully Grandpa's book: The Essential Book for Young Lads proves very helpful for camp survival. In the end, Greg learns something about his father that he never knew and finds out that his dad does not aways follow the rules either.
The stories at camp had me laughing and groaning out loud. I cannot imagine how smelly and gross that cabin must have been. I am thankful that Greg and his father reconciled in the end. I also liked how Grandpa's book proved useful for starting fires and building shelters. When technology is not available, books still have the answers.
I recommend this book for Diary of Wimpy Kid fans. As an adult, I can tell the difference between what is right and wrong and the authors' use of sarcasm and irony. However, Greg is basically a lazy kid who tries to get away with as much as he can. He definitely is not the best role model for young readers.