-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends
Kidzworld Logo

Book Review: Dork Diaries #5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renee Russell

Book Review: Dork Diaries #5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renee Russell - Reviewed by Kidzworld on May 17, 2013
( Rating: 3 Star Rating)

After Nikki and her friends wreak havoc on MacKenzie's house, Nikki joins the school newspaper to ensure her prank remains a secret. Kidzworld has the book review of Dork Diaries #5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renee Russell.

A Bad Prank

During their New Year's Eve sleepover, Nikki and her BFFs Chloe and Zoey pull a prank on the biggest bully in school. They sneak over to her house at midnight and TP (toilet paper) her yard. Unfortunately, Nikki catches them in the act and accuses them of removing the toilet paper, insisting that it was put there by her secret admirer (and Nikki's crush!) Brandon. At school, MacKenzie tells everyone her false version of the story. But when she doesn't get invited to Brandon's birthday party, she blackmails Nikki for an invitation. She'll tell the principal the true story and Nikki will lose her place at school. After all, she's only there on a scholarship, courtesy of her dad's bug extermination business.

The Advice Columnist

Nikki decides that she needs to keep a close watch on her nemesis, so she joins the school newspaper. As a bonus, this gives her added time with Brandon, who is the photojournalist for the paper. Unfortunately, she nearly loses her place on the paper during the first day when someone (MacKenzie) crosses out her name on the sign up sheet. Luckily, after much persuasion, Nikki lands a secret job as Miss Know-it-all, the paper's advice columnist. Her job starts slow, but quickly grows until she's too busy to reply to all the letters. 

MacKenzie vs. Nikki

But when Brandon's birthday draws near, MacKenzie schedules a meeting with the principal to discuss the toilet paper incident, which will definitely get Nikki kicked out of school. If only there was a way to stop MacKenzie without giving her an invitation!

The Bottom Line

Dork Diaries #5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renee Russell is over the top. It's filled with explanation points, but perhaps all middle school students talk that way now...?!!! The story is entertaining, and addresses realistic middle school issues, such as bullies, crushes, BFFs, school newspapers and dealing with mistakes. If you're looking for a quality, memorable story, try a different series. However, if you want something quick, simple, girly and fun, Dork Diaries is a good series for you.

Dork Diaries #5: Rating: 3

 

Have Your Say

Do you like Dork Diaries? Tell us in our comment section below!

 

22 Comments

Related Stories

Micro_bookreview-rump-micro
In the middle grade novel Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff, we learn ab...
Micro_thefirechronicle-micro
Kate gets separated from her younger siblings in the adventurous sequel to the best-selling novel...
Micro_ungifted-micro
When troublemaker Donovan is transferred to a gifted school, he learns to be a better person and ...
Micro_lucyandcecee-micro
If you’re afraid of making that scary transition from elementary to middle school, then check out...
Poll-middlegradebooks

Which middle grade book series is best?

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Dork Diaries
  • Big Nate
  • Dear Dumb Diary

Random In The Forums

rainbowpoptart
"DoodleCat" wrote:Oh my gosh, thanks!Well, I mainly use watercolor to draw my painting.What I draw? I like to draw what I see. It's very interesting what you can find outside or inside, for example, a coffee shop or restaurant.I also am really into drawing animals, especially my three cats. No problem. (: If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I'll be glad to help. That's very interesting. I don't know many people who use mostly watercolours. Finding inspiration from the simplest things is a part of what makes drawing, and any type of art, fun.  I can't draw animals for the life of me, haha. I'm working on it though. Do you find the textures easy? Fur seems a bit complicated. "DoodleCat" wrote:And no, I haven't done a piece with her yet, but she just flew in from Washington yesterday.She's staying in MN for three weeks, and I think I'll have the chance too though! I'd be very interested in the outcome if you do. (: 
reply 19 minutes
LILDUA
LILDUA posted in New Users:
"DoodleCat" wrote:Wow Dua, great sketch!I think if you keep that up you'll be a great artist later on!You should try watercolor in your sketches, it's very interesting. ah thanks :) .. well i have uploaded a painting which i have done with water colors.. when its approved i am gonna post it ... :)
reply 29 minutes
DoodleCat
DoodleCat posted in New Users:
Wow Dua, great sketch! I think if you keep that up you'll be a great artist later on! You should try watercolor in your sketches, it's very interesting.
reply 32 minutes
LILDUA
LILDUA posted in New Users:
it me Dua .. i really like to do sketching and painting .. gotta some sketches and painting...
reply 34 minutes
DoodleCat
DoodleCat posted in New Users:
Oh my gosh, thanks! Well, I mainly use watercolor to draw my painting. What I draw? I like to draw what I see. It's very interesting what you can find outside or inside, for example, a coffee shop or restaurant. I also am really into drawing animals, especially my three cats. And no, I haven't done a piece with her yet, but she just flew in from Washington yesterday. She's staying in MN for three weeks, and I think I'll have the chance too though!
reply 36 minutes