Dear Dumb Diary: Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Laughter is medicine for the soul… and Jamie Kelly’s crazy diary is a lean, mean chuckle machine. Everything she writes is true. At least, as true as it needs to be! How will Jamie deal with Angeline, the school’s most irritatingly perfect girl? How will she survive the impending visit of her troll-like little cousin without going totally mad? Should she send her mum’s nasty casserole to starving children in Wheretheheckistan? You’ll just have to read the first instalment of Dear Dumb Diary to find out!

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  • i need this book.

    21 November 2020

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    This book was a massive crack up.It was HILARIUS!The illustrations are super funny and reading this makes me want to roll around crying while laughing my head off!

    5 March 2014

  • the blurb is interesting

    5 March 2013

  • Lol really funny if u like diary of a wimpy kid u will love dis

    4 March 2013

  • I knew this would be a funny book right from when I first looked at it when it arrived through my letterbox. I’m not sure how I knew it would be funny…maybe because real-life diaries are usually funny (well….my diary entries usually are anyway!!) or it could have been the cover. Maybe it was the fact that the blurb involved a girl called Angeline getting her long silky blonde hair tangled in something so the school nurse had to cut it all off. Not that funny really, but if you read the book you will hate Angeline for many reasons. Could’ve been because the cover reminded me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and I know that’s a funny book (review coming soon.)

    The cover is really cool. It feels matte but there are shiny embossed bits which make you just want to pick it up and read. I also like the random doodles around the edge…they kind of remind me of my own diaries from when I was younger.

    My favourite character is Jamie Kelly. She’s funny, she’s goofy, she likes messing around, she wishes she was popular….she is just the coolest character in the book. I know I can’t really say that, seeing as she’s the main character in the book, but she’s my favourite!

    I only have one complaint about this book. Wait, actually two. One is that I don’t feel there was enough conversation going on. I know it’s a diary, but a bit more actual speaking would make it more interesting. My second complaint is that it definitely wasn’t long enough! I was sad when I finished the book. This book is for younger children though so I suppose it can’t be too long.

    This book would be great as a short read for yourself, or a perfect story for someone younger. The age recommendation on the back of the book is 9+ but I think it could do with being a bit younger…maybe around 7 or 8+. I did really like this book though so I give it a 4/5. :)

    4 March 2013

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    Jim Benton

    Jim Benton is the US author and illustrator of the hugely popular Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary series.

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