In the latest book in the popular Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley’s mother springs a family road trip on him. Family road trips are normally a ton of fun, right? But the Heffleys are not a normal family. The trip starts off filled with promise but quickly goes downhill. The family spends its first night at a motel sleeping on the floor and eating dinner from a vending machine. The days march on with more comical misfortune. The Heffleys attend a state fair and wind up with a pet pig that causes much comedic chaos. They spend a sunny day at a water park but get their car keys and wallets trapped in a locker. They also run into their hilarious nemeses, the Beardo family.
The Heffleys’ adventure continues through several more encounters and disasters. Along the way, they find time to enjoy each other and make the best of what they have. One thing is for sure: This is a vacation the Heffleys won’t soon forget.
Kinney is skilled at creating realistic yet unique and hilarious characters that come across as real people, not just words on paper. The Heffleys are a chaotic yet an oddly relatable family. With characters ranging from a rock star–wannabe big brother to a dad who parks a boat on the porch, the Heffleys will remind you of some crazy part of your own family.
I would recommend this to fans of the Wimpy Kid books because Long Haul is a great fresh take on the series. The Wimpy Kid series is targeted at a younger audience and Long Haul doesn’t break from tradition. The book includes slapstick and potty humor, and I found myself laughing at the cleverly constructed puns and jokes.
I would rate this book a 9 out of 10. The book brings a new format to the series, which I really enjoyed. As much as I loved this book, however, it does have some flaws. Long Haul has too few characters. The only actual characters are the Heffleys, the Beardos, and the pet pig. Despite the lack of characters, I enjoyed the book overall. I would 100% recommend that young people read Long Haul and follow Greg on his latest hilarious journey.