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Hail the 'Wimpy Kid'

Have you met the "Wimpy Kid" yet?

If you haven't, you're missing out on a lot of fun.

Jeff Kinney has just come out with his third "Wimpy Kid" book, titled "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw" (Amulet Books/Harry N. Abrams, $12.95.)

Kinney's best-selling books are written as Greg Heffley's personal diary of the trauma of middle school, using type that looks like a boy's printing and lots of funny stick figure cartoons.

Some of Greg's observations:

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"Let me just say for the record that I think middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. You got kids like me who haven't hit their growth spurt yet mixed in with these gorillas who need to shave twice a day."

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"Man, I don't know WHAT is up with girls these days. It used to be a whole lot simpler back in elementary school. The deal was, if you were the fastest runner in your class, you got all the girls. Nowadays, it's a whole lot more complicated. Now it's about the kind of clothes you wear or how rich you are or if you have a cute butt or whatever."

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"I have told Rowley at least a billion times that when you're in middle school, you're supposed to say 'hang out' not 'play.' But no matter how many noogies I give him, he always forgets the next time."

Have you had a "Wimpy Kid" experience yourself? Something silly or embarrassing that happened at school or at home that might seem pretty funny if you were talking about it later? Or maybe you have your own idea for an adventure for Greg Heffley or his friend Rowley or his brother Rodrick?

The NeXt Book Club is trying something different with "Wimpy Kid." We're asking readers 18 and younger to create their own "Wimpy Kid" diary entry. It can be inspired by something that happened to you or it can be your original idea of a diary page for Greg Heffley.

Feel free to include your own stick figure cartoons. If you're basing it on something that happened at school, please use fake names!

*IMPORTANT: Please make sure we can read your diary entry by including a typed version of the diary entry. We'll reprint some of our favorites in NeXt, and all who send entries will be eligible for a prize drawing for books. Include your name, age, grade, school, home mailing address and home phone number.

The deadline is April 1. Mail your "Wimpy Kid" diary entries to:

NeXt

Buffalo News

P.O. Box 100

Buffalo NY 14240

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