Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – Perfect for Tweeners

My 10-year-old has been a fan of the Wimpy Kid series for the past year. She has read all of the books, so we were excited to see this latest installment in the movie series.

The Dog Days picks up at the end of Greg’s 7th grade year as school gets out for the summer.

Greg is determined to have the best summer ever, which for him means lots of video games and turning his friendship with Holly into something more.

The summer doesn’t get off to a great start as Greg and his family go to a free day at the municipal pool. Greg has to endure naked old guys in the locker room and a million people splashing around in the pool.

His dad also has plans other than video games. He wants Greg to do awful things like play outside, and go fishing and camping.

Greg hatches a plan to make the summer go his way and weaves a web of lies and trouble.   Inevitably, things don’t go according to plan.

Dog Days is a great movie for tweens as they head towards the middle school years. Greg is a good kid with good intentions who makes some poor choices and lands himself in trouble.

My favorite part of the movie is when Greg’s dad Frank tells Greg that everyone messes up in life. It’s part of life. The important thing is to take responsibility when you make a mistake and then make things right.

But it’s Rodrick, Greg’s older brother, who steals the majority of the comedy and scenes.

As with all of the Wimpy Kid stories, Dog Days illustrates the ups and downs of growing up and navigating your way through the tough tween and teen years.

This is the perfect movie to take your tween or young teen to. It might even remind you of the agony and joy of being a kid.


Susan Wells is a native Colorado mom to two girls, ages 7 and 10. She loves to find the learning in everything. In past lives, Susan has been a symphony bassist, sound engineer, news web producer and web developer. She currently works for Steve Spangler Science in web marketing, social media and blogging. She also blogs at TwoHandsTwoFeet.com.