It’s now Day 8 of the big 12 Days of Gifts event, which means that Apple has long-since removed Rayman Jungle Run and has posted a new free item for download. Today’s gift is another iBook, this time it’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the story originally started out as a web comic in the early 2000’s and has since branched out into a wildly popular franchise with books, movies and more. This is the first book in the series.
The iTunes description of the iBook mentions the following:
Middle school student Greg Heffley takes readers through an academic year’s worth of drama. Greg’s mother forces him to keep a diary and in it he loosely recounts each day’s events, interspersed with his comic illustrations. Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration, and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg’s often deadpan voice. The hero’s utter obliviousness to his friends and family becomes a running joke. For instance, on Halloween, Greg and his best friend, Rowley, take refuge from some high school boys at Greg’s grandmother’s house; they taunt the bullies, who then T.P. her house. Greg’s journal entry reads, “I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Gramma is retired, so she probably didn’t have anything planned for today anyway.” Kinney ably skewers familiar aspects of junior high life, from dealing with the mysteries of what makes someone popular to the trauma of a “wrestling unit” in gym class.
This is the first time that the US has been able to participate in Apple’s gift-giving event and thus far it’s been fairly tame. Still, it’s really hard to argue with the price tag of being free.
If you haven’t downloaded the “12 Days of Gifts” app already, remember to get the 64.7 MB app for free from the App Store.