We often talk about how nonfiction authors are teaching us about the subjects of nonfiction books; fiction authors teach us about how to feel. We're always looking for the big idea of fiction books. WH and I were chatting about this today.
He said, "You know, Mrs. Overman, I think Diary of a Wimpy Kid is just full of big people and they're always making bad choices, but the kid gets the blame. I think Jeff Kinney is trying to teach us how to be better people when we read his books."