【好书推荐】The Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Last Straw --lilac
[前言]: 那个啥，越老越堕落。最近竟然迷上了小孩的书，The Diary of a Wimpy Kid，这套书有四本，还有一本讲的是上画的同名电影。俺手头有的是第四本，The Last Straw。据说是最好玩的一本。俺来来回回看了两遍，被迷的颠三倒四，不能自拔的，还准备再看两遍。
俺有毛病，很多, 最有名的就是强迫症: 自己喜欢的也喜欢同道的人喜欢，您不喜欢阿，俺就要想法儿逼您就范，这就是这文的由来。俺东一榔头西一板斧的，把书里好玩的地方show给您，看您识货不。
Everyone knows growing up can be hard. Adolescence is awkward and school sucks when you're that age. For many of us, you may never forget the bullies you had to put up with on the school playground. You may never forget the tricks you played on your classmates, which inevitably always ended up backfiring on (逆火上身) yourself. You may never forget that pretty girl, sitting in front of you, who never returned a glance at you during the whole school year, or that popular kid who once invited over everyone but you to his party, or your parents who always pushed you to attend all kinds of after-school programs but forgot that they were just the same average kids when they were your age.
You may have never shined at school. You may have never won any girl’s heart. The closest field position you had ever got playing in the soccer game is called “shag” – chasing the ball when it goes out of bounds. If you are geeky, average-looking (positively speaking :)) and basically have no talents, adolescence can be cruel or at least pathetic. Is it possible for such a wimpy kid to survive or even thrive through his harsh middle school years?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid takes a benign (善良的, 温和的) and relaxing approach on the adolescence, trying to find wit, fun and truth rather than the genuine pain or confusion in that time of life.
The main character Greg is such a wimpy kid. He is about 13-14 years old, in his junior high school. I find him very attractive and I relish reading every bit of his pathetic but funny stories.
One of Greg’s street smarts – “Chore Coupon” book
Making them a Chore Coupon book. Greg makes his dad a Chore Coupon book just about every Father’s day, which has something like “One free lawn mowing” or “One free window washing”. It always works out great because Dad never actually uses any of his coupons in the books and he treasures them up (珍藏).
One year, on Mother’s day, Greg played the same trick on his mom, but Mom cashed every single one of it in the following year. Bummer!
Greg’s mom – a workout fanatic verbally
Rodrick - Greg’s mean older brother
Greg told on (告发) Rodrick. Dad didn’t feel like getting in the middle of a fight and ordered Rodrick to pay Greg 2 quarters for winning the bet. Rodrick threw the quarters onto the ground. Greg bent down again… Guess what happened?
Manny - Greg’s youngest brother, looks like buck-toothed (大板牙) alligator, a spoiled brat (小混蛋).
Rowley - Greg’s buddy, a chubby and happy-go-lucky fellow.
Dad - a junk food addict. He likes to steal kids’ snack food from the laundry room during the midnight.
He once signed Greg up for a local soccer league. Greg ended up as a benchwarmer (板凳队员)due to his pre alpha minus skills. As a benchwarmer, when other players were playing hard and joyously with cheers around, will one feel left out(被遗忘), upset, uneasy, jealous or ashamed? Let Greg tell you his firsthand experience what the benchwarmers are thinking when they stand in the huddle (站个圈) while the coach goes over the game plan. --- "You guys smell."
Greg got happy with his benchwarmer situation since he could play his video games all the time. But some parents complained their kids didn’t get any playtime. So once Greg and other two benchwarmers were called on by the coach to block the free kick (任意球) from the other team. They were supposed to stand shoulder to shoulder to make a shield to block the ball. This was actually what happened.
The coach was so mad, letting loose with everything he had (口不择言地乱骂).
Holly - the girl Greg has a huge crush on
Greg's was daydreaming about Holly.
Greg has been making tons of moves on (献了很多殷勤) Holly. But Holly never pays attention to Greg. She can't even tell Greg from Fregley, an annoying kid Greg despised most. This really gets Greg pissed off.
This was what Holly wrote on Greg’s yearbook at the end of the school year.
K.I.T – Keep in Touch. Greg really read into it and got warmed up by this K.I.T thing.
Greg didn’t feel the note Holly left for him lame until he saw what Holly wrote on Rowley’s yearbook.
A huge blow to the ego or what?
The fun list can go on and on. Even a super gabber (88的人) as me, should know where to stop. Hope you already had an itch for this “kid” book.
Lilac 06, 2010