Thursday, 10 March 2011

Dear Dumb Diary, Let's Pretend This NEVER Happened by Jim Benton

Title: Dear Dumn Diary, Let's Pretend This NEVER Happened
Author: Jim Benton
Published by: Puffin
Publication date: 3rd March 2011
Pages: 128
Genres: Children's fiction
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Dear whoever is reading my dumb diary,
Are you sure you're supposed to be reading someone else's diary? Maybe I told you that you could, so that's ok. But if you are Angeline, I did NOT give you permission, so stop it.
Dear Dumb Diary, school was ok today. Angeline got her hair tangled up in one of the jillion things she has dangling from her backpack, and the school nurse - who is now one of my main heroes - snipped two feet of silky blonde hair from the left side of her head, so now Angeline only looks like the prettiest girl in the world if you're standing on her right.

I knew this would be a funny book right from when I first looked at it when it arrived through my letterbox.  I'm not sure how I knew it would be funny...maybe because real-life diaries are usually funny ( diary entries usually are anyway!!) or it could have been  the cover.  Maybe it was the fact that the blurb involved a girl called Angeline getting her long silky blonde hair tangled in something so the school nurse had to cut it all off. Not that funny really, but if you read the book you will hate Angeline for many reasons. Could've been because the cover reminded me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and I know that's a funny book (review coming soon.)

The cover is really cool. It feels matte but there are shiny embossed bits which make you just want to pick it up and read. I also like the random doodles around the edge...they kind of remind me of my own diaries from when I was younger.

My favourite character is Jamie Kelly. She's funny, she's goofy, she likes messing around, she wishes she was popular....she is just the coolest character in the book. I know I can't really say that, seeing as she's the main character in the book, but she's my favourite!

I only have one complaint about this book. Wait, actually two. One is that I don't feel there was enough conversation going on. I know it's a diary, but a bit more actual speaking would make it more interesting. My second complaint is that it definitely wasn't long enough! I was sad when I finished the book. This book is for younger children though so I suppose it can't be too long.

This book would be great as a short read for yourself, or a perfect story for someone younger. The age recommendation on the back of the book is 9+ but I think it could do with being a bit younger...maybe around 7 or 8+. I did really like this book though so I give it a 4/5. :)


  1. I saw this in a special book catalogue thing our school does and thought it looked good. Fab review! I know what you mean about not enough conversation - I hate when that happens in book diaries!

  2. This sounds really cute! Thanks for the great review.