My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the same vein as the “Wimpy Kid” novels, “Justin Case” follows the school year exploits of Justin K during third grade.
The year doesn’t start of well with his younger sister Elizabeth going into kindergarten and getting Justin’s favorite teacher. Then Justin is moved from the class with the new, cute teacher Ms. Burns and his best friends into another one that has strict rules and where Justin doesn’t know anyone.
In some ways, Justin reminds me of Greg from the “Wimpy Kid” novels, though Justin seems to have a bit more going for him. Justin repeatedly gets into situations (such as his campaign for student council) because of his worrying too much about the daily disasters of his life and not paying attention enough. But the results are humorous and a bit more grounded than what we get in “Wimpy Kid” and, in the end, Justin feels a lot more realistic and more grounded than Greg Hefney does.
That’s not to say that one book or series is better than the other. Each works well in their own right and within their own universe. It’s just that as I left “Justin Case” I found myself liking him and some of his family and classmates more as characters.