Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
|Cover artist||Jeff Kinney|
|Series||Diary of a Wimpy Kid|
|January 13, 2009|
|Preceded by||Rodrick Rules|
|Followed by||Dog Days|
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw is a novel written by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, the third book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book acts as a journal and follows the adventures of Greg Heffley, the narrator of the book, who is in the second half of his seventh grade year. Despite the title, it is not the final book in the series; the title comes from the threat of military school to toughen Greg up. This book was released on January 13, 2009 in the USA.
The book starts on January 1 with Greg talking about his family's New Years resolutions. Life becomes more difficult for Greg and Rowley when their school bus is "rezoned" and they have to walk to and from school. He also talks about how his dad compares him unfavorably to his boss's sons, who are very athletic. They have conflicts over Greg wanting to stay inside and watch TV on Saturdays and his dad stealing his school snacks. Eventually his dad makes him sign up for rec league soccer. At first he rides the bench, but becomes the starting goalie when the other goalie is injured. He allows a goal to ruin his team's perfect season because he took a break to pick dandelions on the field.
After this, Greg's dad runs into a neighborhood troublemaker who has apparently reformed after going to military school. Impressed with his former enemy's turnaround, he signs up Greg for a summer military school program, hoping Greg will change for the better. To impress his dad and thereby avoid military school, Greg decides to join the Boy Scouts. However, he is sick and misses their camping trip, which his dad has to go to anyway (he's a chaperone) and has a terrible time. Later, when Greg and his dad (and Rodrick) have a camping "do-over", they end up at a hotel, where Greg gets locked out of his father's room in his underwear. After this, Greg becomes more resigned to his military school fate, especially after his attempts to make a good impression on a girl in his class come to naught. But on what he thinks is his only day of summer vacation, Greg ends up saving his dad from making a fool of himself at their neighbor's birthday party. The next day, his dad decides Greg doesn't have to go to military school after all, and the book ends with Greg looking forward to his summer vacation.
On August 3, 2012, a film based on this book and the fourth book, Dog Days, was released; the movie starred Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell and Karan Brar. Principal photography began on August 8, 2011 in Vancouver and was completed on October 7, 2011.
An advance screening for the film was held on July 31, 2012.
- Kinney, Jeff (January 2009). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series). Amulet Books.
- "Film List" (PDF). British Columbia Film Commission. August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- "Recently Classified Trailers, Commercials and PSAs". AlbertaFilmRaings.ca. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
- "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days". AdvanceScreenings.com. Retrieved June 27, 2012.