Book Review – The Diary of Amos Lee

Have you read “The Diary of Amos Lee” written by Adeline Foo? I brought the 1st book “The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush! for my son during his December school holiday last year. He enjoyed the book so much that he finished reading the book within a day. He said he couldn’t stop reading it once he started reading the same. I suppose the book must be entertainingly as I could hear his laughter while he was reading it. He said it was one of the best books he had read.

Last Sunday, my son was expected to write a journal as homework and he used the book as a reference. I read his master piece and gees, it was pretty interesting and humorous that I can’t stop giggling while reading it. Even Genz Dad thinks that the journal was written very creatively. As a result, in a spur of moment yesterday evening, I got him the 2nd book – The Diary of Amos Lee: Girls, Guts & Glory! As expected, he finished ¾ of the book last night and I bet he would finish the whole book today.

Here’s the extracts of the book review from the official website of The Diary of Amos Lee (http://www.amoslee.com.sg/home.html):

The Diary of Amos Lee: I Sit, I Write, I Flush!

This diary began as Mum’s New Year resolution to get me to write. She told me to write when I am doing my big business. “Five to eight minutes max!” she said. “I don’t want you to develop piles!” And so my writing in the bathroom began. My entries started with the boring old stuff… then Mum got this new job as a writer and, following her around, I got to do fun stuff, like ogle at deformed frogs, see into the future with a fortune-telling parrot and wow at a life-sized F1 car made of chocolate! That’s how I got more interesting things to write about. Plus, I had to deal with an EVIL bully who was tormenting me at school… thank goodness for my best friends, Alvin and Anthony, we rallied against the bully and got through this year with lots of adventures and good fun!

The Diary of Amos Lee: Girls, Guts & Glory!

The story of Amos continues. He is still writing his diary in the toilet, but he has found a way to hide it from Mum’s prying eyes. Amos joins the school’s swim team and learns about hunger, not the sort to make you want to eat food, but the drive to excel and win medals in competitions! The themes in Book 2 touch on family, friendship and loyalty. Lessons are also drawn from Olympic legends like Michael Phelps, Carl Lewis and Sebastian Coe, in inspiring legions of young athletes to be the best in both studies and sports. Amos seeks his Olympic dream, in this second installation.

Parents, if you are trying to cultivate good reading habits of your children, try these books.

6 Replies to “Book Review – The Diary of Amos Lee”

  1. Sadly, Singapore children’s book authors have done it again. I actively avoid buying books by local authors for my child because they are so cheesy and badly written. As for the Amos Lee book, I think it is opportunistic to take another book’s idea, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, and spin off a local, channel 5 version. Bestselling, yes. Original, no way. This is not making to my kid’s reading list for sure. I do not encourage him to plagiarize!

  2. I came across the 2nd book first when I was holidaying in Singapore last April, and bought it for my 9-year old son. He started to ask for more, so I asked my friend who lives there to buy the 1st one. These books have made my son starts to write things down and reads more books. I was also hooked with Amos Lee. So… definitely I’ll have to buy him its 3rd sequel soon.
    Just to share, good English books for kids with Asian background/reference are hard to get, so I guess, Amos has appealed to my son better than the Wimpy Kid Diary because he can connect with the situation.

  3. I read all three books, and to be frank, it wasn’t very humorous. It lacked local flavour. ‘Twas a horrible mash of East and West. The story became repetitive after a while.

    And Amos Lee likes Justin Bieber. Which tween or teen in their right mind likes Justin Bieber? Only girls like him!

    1 star out of 5 for the trilogy.

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