Lessons from a WIMPY KID

For a second, I was worried. After last night’s interview with Jeff Kinney, Michelle Norris of NPR‘s All Things Considered, introduced the next segment by saying, “Not everybody is enthusiastic about the Wimpy Kid series. Some parents feel uneasy about their children identifying with a main character who is at times selfish, lazy and whose high jinks often land him in trouble.”

I prepared for an attack on the series, but instead, bookseller Tanya Turek, who blogs about children’s books at Book 4 Your Kids.com, explained how parents can use the books as jumping-off points for discussion of issues like lying to adults and being mean to other kids.

Listen to the interview here.

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