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Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6)

Last updated Sunday, January 7, 2018

Author: Jeff Kinney
Date of Publication: 2011
ISBN: 1419702238
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2018

Synopsis: Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of. The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?

Note to readers:
•  The situation about accidentally vandalizing the school begins around page 121.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  How did you spend the holidays with your family?
•  Have you ever seen snow?
•  Have you ever been stuck inside when the weather was rainy or snowy?
•  What do you think it would be like to have "cabin fever"?


•  Jerky - having sudden starts and stops or other quick movements that are not expected.
•  Slogan - a short phrase used to state a principle or political message or to advertise a product.
•  Legitimate - allowed by the law or by rules; legal.
•  Galloping - to move or run forward rapidly; go fast.
•  Percussion - drums, cymbals, and the other musical instruments that produce sound when struck.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What activities could you and your family do if you were trapped indoors for the holidays?

Craft ideas:
•  Make your own diary of your winter break - make sure to decorate the cover and illustrate the pages!
•  Try drawing the main character in your favorite scene.
•  Try the Hole-in-the-table Trick on page 168
•  Draw the Elf doll that was mentioned in the first part of the book.
•  Check our January craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!