This week heralded the DVD release of not one but two well-loved books.
Because lovable James is everything "Wimpy" Greg Heffley is not.
Aimed at the same age group -- elementary and early middle school -- the two movies form a perfect duo for prepping your kids for back-to-school.
Heffley is the "what not to do" example; he's set on being the coolest kid in middle school, but ends up slipping down the popularity pole quickly thanks to his own narcissism.
He thinks he's cooler than he is. And he treats his just as uncool as he is friend, Rowley, like a punching bag, until the punching bag cries uncle and takes off running for the hills.
Rowley is the true hero of Wimpy Kid, the child who is at times painful to watch but who you could accept your kids being.
That's not to say the movie is intrinsically bad; although walking into it as a "this is how to survive being picked on" example for your kids is the wrong way to go. This is a way to show your kids the bullies sometimes come in wimpy packages.
And losers win in the end.
In a perfect one-two punch, Wimpy should be followed up with the re-released James, another kid who is down but not out. Stuck living with his devilish aunts (Dahl at his best), James' goodness proves his savior as he takes off on an adventure in a magic peach with a bunch of creepy critters.
Unlike Greg, James accepts his new friends (a spider, earthworm, and other insects) for who they are, and they in turn help him escape his nasty guardians.
By being kind, James climbs up the social ladder, from slave of his aunts to talk of the city.
Which kid is yours?
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