I Am Not A Loser by Barry Loser is the first in a series of books which were released to cash in, after the phenomenal success of Jeff Kinney, Wimpy Kid books. There are now a vast number of diary based fictional offerings for children, some good, some not so good.
My daughter, Tallulah (11) chose this book as a school book prize at the end of last term, and has finally gotten around to reading and reviewing it for me. She has been an avid reader of the Wimpy Kid diaries since they were published, and enjoys this kind of book hugely.
Here are her thoughts:
I Am Not a Loser is written by Barry Loser, which is also the name of the main character. We see things through Barry’s eyes.
Barry starts off by trying to kid the readers, and himself, that he is super cool and popular. This is merely a disguise to hide his rubbish life. Barry is not cool.
There is a boy at Barry’s school called Darren Darrenofski, who is Barry’s arch enemy. The nickname Barry gives him is Darren Crocodile Face. Darren is a bully, but he has got nearly everyone on his side, except Barry and Bunky (Barry’s best friend).
Darren has a huge obsession with a fizzy drink called Fronkle. Darren, being as disgusting as he is, indulges in doing large, Fronkle flavoured smelly burps in Barry’s ears. This is only one of his terrible torments. Another is flicking Fronkle ring pulls down Barry’s neck.
Understandably, Barry gets fed up of this, and is also fed up of being a loser. His solution to this is to play a devious trick on Darren, and trying to prove he is cool to everyone else by entering the talent contest at school.
When disaster strikes on the day of the talent contest, how will he save his act?
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was very funny. I thought it was funnier than the Wimpy Kid books, because it isn’t as repetitive as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. It was really easy to read because there isn’t much writing on every page, and there are lots of pictures and cartoons. I loved the character of Darren Crocodile Face best.
I recommend it to girls and boys aged seven to twelve. I would like to read the others in the series.