Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is a children's novel written by Jeff Kinney and is the ninth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. On April 28, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the 9th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book was released in the US on Tuesday, November 4, and. Jeff Kinney has brought Greg Heffley back for the ninth instalment of his bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This time, the Heffleys are off on a road trip!.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9). ISBN: Hardcover Published: November $ A family road trip is supposed to be a. The Long Haul book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun unless, of. Family road trip goes hilariously awry in 9th installment. Read Common Sense Media's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul review, age rating.
Beardo Main Antagonist Synopsis A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun Unless of course, you're the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns.
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Gas Station bathrooms, a fender-bender, crazed seagulls and a runaway pig - Not Greg Heffley's idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure - and this is one the Heffleys will never forget. Plot June The story begins with Greg , Rodrick , and Manny happily watching the TV since their summer break just started, when Susan comes to tell them that they are going on a road trip and to pack their bags.
Greg then talks about how his parents had made a surprise trip before and that Susan had once told them they were going to Aunt Loretta's when instead they were going to Disney, disappointing Manny so they had to have both trips, postponing the Disney one. Greg then talks about the " Family Frolic " magazine from which Susan gets all her ideas and explains how they don't turn out well for the family. He then talks about a boat which Frank bought a few years ago, but never used for years and because he could not afford to winterize it, it developed cracks and soon became a storage zone where raccoons started to live in.
They then get the stuff they need for the trip and start cutting what they don't need, but there is still too much of it, which they resolve by using the boat to put stuff in it, albeit the car is still cramped, but there is room.
On the first day of the road trip, Greg is forced to sit in the back with the stuff by Rodrick. Susan tells the family that there was a special visitor that is coming on the trip, then takes out Flat Stanley from her purse. She hopes to take photos of him in front of various places on their trip. Susan then puts in a Spanish CD so that they can learn Spanish, but they don't pay attention sans Manny.
Susan later abandons this plan and started playing a game called "Alphabet Groceries", which Greg finds out that Manny can say whatever he wants with the letter instead of food from the grocery store since Susan states that Manny is trying to learn the alphabet and they all have to encourage him. He wins by adding random letters to the word "apple" after Greg says "apple" and Rodrick quits.
Susan also created " Mommy Meal ", which she thought were a healthier choice than what fast food restaurants have. When he and Rodrick find out the prize is some math flash cards, which neither of them like, Greg changes the game by picking up a random game.
The game is called "I Must Confess". During the game, Greg learns a lot of information about his family that he never knew before like Rodrick got a bug in his ear he actually remembers that one , Frank had a chameleon as a kid and Susan dyed her hair blonde once.
Rodrick actually won for getting a final point for toilet-papering a neighbor's house, but Susan has to give him the phone to apologize to Mrs. Manny falls asleep, which when Susan finds out, they decide to stop for now Greg tells about how he wished they had nap time in kindergarten when he was Manny's age. The family decides to pick their dinner up at the grocery store, but if they wake Manny up then he would have a fit. So, they have to drive slowly and Rodrick has to get out so that he can download the things they need.
After picking up the dinner, they search through motels. Eventually, they find a motel with air-conditioning and a pool, which is very run-down and dirty. The family was forced to have the final room where there are marks that are probably cigarette burns and a wet towel in their room.
There is also hour cancellation policy so they have to stay there. Since Rodrick bought snacks he actually liked instead of downloading stuff Susan tells him for dinner, they had to eat Sugar Wafers and breath mints for dinner. Rodrick and Greg decide to go swimming to spend time since there is nothing they can do to have fun in the motel.
However, there is no water in the pool. They try the hot tub, but it is filled with a family, and the tub has a minute policy. Bored, they go back to their room, only to find that everybody else is asleep. Rodrick easily goes off to sleep by making a bed with cushions. Greg decides to sleep in the closet, but at first, there is a smell that Greg can't stop, and then is suddenly woken up by a loud noise from outside. There is a bunch of kids from the hot tub who got hold of a cleaning cart. He goes out to scold them, but the youngest one starts to cry and runs back into his room.
The kid then brings out his father, who made an angry look towards Greg, who runs back into his room and they don't notice which room he went to and to a wrong one.
Greg then places a "Do Not Disturb" key for anyone who tried getting in. He nicknames the family "The Beardos". After getting up, Manny watches TV and talks to the characters, and Greg finds out that the smell that distracted him the night before was Rodrick's shoes, and the "wet cloth" he tried to block the smell with was one of Rodrick's socks.
After the rest of the family gets into the car, Susan decides to take the family to The Country Fair. While driving, they see the Beardos' van, who catch a glimpse of Greg, and the Heffleys park the car near the fair.
Inside, Greg, Rodrick, and their father eat deep-fried butter on a stick then Greg and Rodrick go for the foulest footwear contest, their entry was Rodrick's shoe which won and was sent for the national contest, leaving him walking around with only one shoe. In the livestock area, Manny wins a contest where the person has to guess the closest to a hog's weight, which he guessed The prize is a live baby pig and they can't return him back.
They have to empty a cooler to put the pig inside, as he had tried to escape.
He makes friends with Manny and eats their left-over food. Then later they book a room at a hotel, but it has a no pets rule. They hide the pig and then take him out in the room. The pig goes crazy, opens the minibar, eats everything and also drinks some of the drinks of both the rooms of Frank, Susan and Manny and that of Rodrick and Greg.
They later keep him inside to visit some places.
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Frank gets a call from an international client and asks the family to be silent, but then Rodrick chews gum which gets stuck in the sunroof, Susan snaps her fingers, Frank stares with his knees and the pig starts to suck on Manny's pacifier until Greg tries to take him out, when he bites him and tries to escape, then a tractor starts honking on them, and Frank finds that his call wasn't cut and his client was still on the other side.
They later give the pig to a petting-zoo which makes Manny upset and he gets tempted to run away. Greg needs to get to a doctor because his finger got bitten by the pig, but they can't find a hospital nearby, so they go to a veterinarian hospital instead, where Greg is registered as a "pet human". A doctor gives him an anti-bacterial ointment and lets him go, while Manny tries to escape again, but they download a leash so that he doesn't run away.
They later arrive at a town where they go to a restaurant, which has the best apple pie Greg had tasted in his life. During that time, Manny runs away for the fourth time but is caught by Frank. After freaking out in a pet cemetery where they were forced by a funeral van , they pull over at a hotel and book a room on the seventh floor. But, since the sunroof was broken and they were worried that somebody will sneak in and take all of their stuff, they have to bring in everything they had packed.
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After a debate on where they should go to the next morning, Susan thinks that they should go to the beach. After reaching the bridge with a large traffic jam, Frank and Rodrick switch spots, due to Frank's peculiar inability to drive over bridges across any body of water.
Greg sees a seagull staring at him, and feeling sorry for it, he throws a cheese curl to the seagull. When he is about to throw another cheese curl, Susan stops him, saying that seagulls are aggressive, and to never give them "people food".
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9)
But, the seagull comes to the sunroof, wanting more. Greg tries to ward it off with cheese curls, but unintentionally drives it into a panic, causing havoc in the van. The seagull eventually escapes with the bag of cheese curls, but is intercepted by nine other seagulls. This causes the cheese curls to fall back into the van. This prompts the seagulls to dive-bomb into the car in a chase, and chaos ensues, described by Greg as "a total nightmare". It gets even worse when their van crashes into a car which breaks their radiator.
Susan wants to do something "wholesome" like going to a library, but she is outvoted Then, the seagull lands on the van and squawks at Greg.
He throws another cheese curl at it in an attempt to get it to fly away, but the seagull then goes in the van. It takes Greg's bag of cheese curls and flies away, but hit the van roof, and the cheese curls fall back into the van. During this panic, Rodrick accidentally presses the gas pedal and ends up hitting the car in front of them.
The people in the car are understanding, but Greg's family's minivan will take four to five hours to fix. They decide to go to a nearby water park to kill some time. Greg's parents put their wallets and cell phones in a locker.
They are able to find a beach chair, but it has a broken strap. After Greg is pranked by Rodrick and has a misunderstanding with people at a raft ride, he goes back to the chair but finds that it's not there anymore. It turns out that the Beardos took it. Greg decides to not get in any more trouble with them and goes back to his family at the snack bar.
As they prepare to leave, they realize that they have lost the key to their locker. After a failed search, Greg remembers the locker number and asks an employee to unlock it, but it turns out that he remembered it wrong. Greg tells his family about the Beardos and tries searching back at their beach chair, but he notices that the Beardos is already driving away. At this point, Greg and his family decide to go back home.
They get their car back from the mechanic, but since Greg's parents left their wallets in the locker, they are unable to pay him. He advises them to turn the heater on full blast so the radiator doesn't stop working. As they get closer to their house, they pass by the motel they stayed at during the first night.
The Beardos' purple van is out front. Greg sees the family leave their room to go to the pool, and they forget to lock the door. Greg's family, besides Manny, all run into the room and raid the room.
However, as Greg's dad is using the bathroom, the Beardos come back. Greg's dad runs out and is able to distract them long enough to get away from the hotel. However, since they forgot to turn on the heater, the car breaks down, and one of the tires goes flat.
Greg notices a purple van approaching them, but the drivers turn out to be two Spanish-speaking men who try to help.
Manny then starts speaking perfect Spanish from the Spanish CD that played earlier, and he talks to the men for a while. However, Manny convinces them to drive his family to the petting zoo, where he gets the pig back.View all 51 comments. However, there is no water in the pool. This is the second book in the series to not have the word " Jeff Kinney " in the middle of the cover, the first being the UK version and later version for Amulet Books of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever.
But part parts were a little too realistic as well. Greg's mom warns him that seagulls are aggressive, and he shouldn't feed them.
Great books.. For kids who love graphic novels. Jeff Kinney Genre: