My son has been reading this series over the past year or two, but I had never read any until now. My son is incredibly literate when it comes to listening to books. He started paying attention to stories at a very early age and he has an amazing auditory memory. And where that literary dream-state is concerned, he can lose all present time and space as long as he is listening. The world of the book becomes his world. But for him, the decoding is hard. And there are few things that he has sat down and lost himself in without audible help. But Diary of a Wimpy Kid worked. I think it is the density of words on the page. He's able to handle a much denser story but it's too much for his eyes to communicate to his brain. Although Diary of a Wimpy Kid is simple, I think the characterization of Greg Heffley and his interaction with the reader is complicated. I can see what my son likes. Greg Heffley's cluelessness in making friends and gaining popularity is never far from home. And I admired Jeff Kinney's skill in making the reader feel smarter then the protag. That is exactly what preteen boys need(in my opinion anyway), to feel like an expert at something, all the better for it to be sensitivity to fellow wimps.
I have an MFA in creative writing. I teach writing practice classes at my home studio and at the Loft Literary Center. I am a certified yoga instructor. You can find me teaching yoga at Linden Hills Park among other places. I believe mindfulness fuels creativity. I am always refining the pose.