Friday, December 28, 2012

Audiobook Jukebox Review: Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All

 Audiobook Review

Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All

Publisher's Summary

Nikki Maxwell authors an advice column for the school newspaper in this fifth installment of the New York Times best-selling Dork Diaries series.
Nikki Maxwell develops a sudden interest in student journalism that may or may not (okay, definitely does) have to do with the fact that mean girl Mackenzie has started writing a gossip column. And there just might be some info involving Nikki’s crush, Brandon, that Nikki doesn’t want Mackenzie reporting to the world. So Nikki joins the school newspaper staff - and ends up as an advice columnist!  It’s fun at first, answering other kids’ letters. But when Miss Know-It-All’s inbox is suddenly overflowing with pleas for guidance, Nikki feels in need of some help herself. Fortunately she has BFFs Chloe and Zoey on her side - and at her keyboard! 

My Review

Although this is Russell's fifth installment in this series, I had not previously read or listened to any of the Dork Diaries.  Fans of the series will most likely be eager to get their hands on book number five.  If you are like me, though, and have not yet read one of the books, rest assured that you will still enjoy listening to book number five. Fans of books written in a diary-style and tween girls will especially find this audiobook of interest.  Nikki Maxwell, the author of this tween diary, gives readers enough background and detail into her current situations, that readers are easily able to feel as if they have known her from the beginning of her diary-keeping-days.  Jenni Barber's dramatic narration of Nikki's diary convinces listeners that they are listening to a tween's melodramatic adventures and daily musings. 

Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All, offers listeners a great way to ring in the New Year, as Nikki's latest diary begins with a prank that occurs over the winter break and leads to a lot of drama in the new year!  Tween girls will easily relate to Nikki as she recounts, in detail, her feelings as she deals with the antics of mean-girl, Mackenzie, her pesky younger sister, her crush, Brandon, and the support of her best friends, Chloe and 
Zoey.  So, grab your favorite blanket, curl up in a cozy spot, and listen to Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All!