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DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK :
4.25 out of 5 based on 43 reviews.

DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK

by Rachel Renée Russell

With her internationally best-selling series, Rachel Renée Russell has created for girls what Jeff Kinney did for boys with The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in a brand new instalment of the internationally bestselling series, now with 13 million copies in print worldwide.

After a bump on the head, Nikki has a wild dream in which she, her BFF’s Chloe and Zoey, her crush Brandon, and mean girl Mackenzie all end up playing the roles of some familiar classic fairy tale characters.

Will Nikki’s dream turn into a nightmare?

Find out more about DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK here.

Available as eBook or paperback from your prefered book retailer.

Paperback RRP $16.99, eBook RRP $10.99


Published 19th October 2014


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    Great book!

    My 9 year old daughter got this book for her birthday and she absolutely loved it. It was read within a week, she loved it that much! Reading is very important, so as a mum The Dork Diaries is a great series of books, that also makes reading lots of fun. I highly recommend The Dork Diaries.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    This book is a winner!

    My daughter and I knew of the Dork Diaries but, had never read one before. Miss Eight started reading right away and didn’t want want to put the book down. I got told that yes she was enjoying the book, it was great and could I please stop interrupting so she could keep reading! I’d say this book is a winner!

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    The newest Dork Diaries book is a big hit with my 11yr old!!

    This book just turned up an hour ago and I think the photo says it all about how excited my 11 year old daughter is to have the NEWEST Dork Diaries book in her hot little hands!

    She hasn’t put the book down since I handed it over, is almost half way through and this is what she has to say about it…

    “It’s really interesting and well written with EPIC pictures and a really good storyline and overall so far it’s AMAZING!”.

    Definitely a winner!!

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
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    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Dork diaries party time

    My 10 year will quite happily sit and have a read on her own. She loves this time to herself. I originally bought the book as a joke as she can be dorky sometimes but she fell in love. This is the start of her next book collection. All I can say is I am happy for her to read and she enjoys these books.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    sounds awesome and looks great

    sounds awesome and looks great

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
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    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Now wants to read the series!

    Since reading DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK by Rachel Renée Russell my eight year old is a mission to read the whole series. I think what appeals to her is the what that it is written, being journal entries, the large print and the funny illustrations. She has re-read this book a few times now however, I still hear her chuckling to herself as she reads.

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    Fascinating Interesting Funny Read

    Kept my children quiet for ages and they also love discussing the diary with their school friends on Kik and Instagram.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
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    A big thumbs up

    Miss Eight recognised the brand of Dork Diaries from school but had never actually read any of the books in the series until now. She enjoyed reading DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK so much that she download all the other books extracts to read. Miss Eight rated this book a 4.5 out of 5 saying that is was funny and dramatic, giving it a big thumbs up.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Recommended reading!

    My 8 year old daughter loved this book. She read it cover to cover, in one sitting. She rated it a 10/10, saying it was hilarious and really enjoyed the pictures. Miss 8 is now very keen to read the rest of the Dork Diary series. I’d highly recommend this book to other parents with kids of a similar age.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    This is the best book I have ever read!

    This book is so good! My head has been stuck in it since it arrived!!
    I love the pictures throughout the book especially the one on page 99.

    It’s like reading someones real private diary .. It could be mine …I can see my group of friends in the characters through the book.

    I have recommended all my friends read it ..It really is a great book!

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
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    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    All part of my daughters reading journey

    My daughter has got a whole collection of these and they have kept her entertained and intrigued for hours at a time. The style is fun and engaging and great for inspiring creativity. She shares her collection with friends and loves to see what new ones are coming out. These have an aspect of “comic style” and she especially enjoys this. These are highly recommend and a keeper .

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    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Dorks rule

    My niece loves the Dork Diaries. It is like reading a diary, and quite different from the usual books they read. It’s funny and is great as it encourages kids to read. There is a whole series of dork books for them to enjoy. Be a great Christmas gift fo her.

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    Good overall!

    A good overall read for the kids. I personally don’t think the word dork is necessary as so many children get bullied and called dorks. The kids tend to love books from this brand and series though and reading is important so it wins for me. There’s a few like this in the Xmas stocking for this year and going to give some to my nephews and cousin. Thanks Mouths of mums for posting options for reviews to make decisions easier

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    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    It's a winner.

    Well judging by the group of girls all huddled around in a circle giggling and laughing and reading out their favourite section then having a huge discussion about the book, I would say it’s a winner. I must admit I do not like the giving of children or groups names like dork, nerds or academics etc but if a book can get children reading and loving it I’m all for it. The girls loved the fact that they felt like they had stumbled onto someone’s private diary and was secretly reading it also the fact that it was that well written it could well have been there life and diary. They thought the book was more suited to the age bracket of 8-10 maybe 11 and they rated it a 4.5 out of 5.
    Dorktastic.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    A winning format

    DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK was the first book from the Dork Dairies series that my daughter read. From there she had gone on to read the whole series.
    Overall, I think it is the way the Dork Daires are written and presented that make it a hit with independent readers.
    The font is large, the writing format used is dairy entries, making the book easy to put down or pick up as required, and there are lots of illustrations.
    For parents with tween girls in particular, who are wanting to get their kids to read more,
    DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK is a good start.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
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    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Daughters long time favourite

    My daughter loves the Dork Diaries. They are always requested for her birthday or Christmas. As I love reading myself I like to see the enjoyment my daughter gets from reading the Dork Diaries collection and way she is always eager to tell me what it entails. I always encourage her love of reading as I think it is very important.



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    A great read

    My eldest daughter has loved reading DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK. My youngest is now an independent reader and has started reading this book.
    For parents wanting to encourage their daughters reading the dork diaries are a wondeful place to start.
    Since reviewing DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK, I am much more familiar with the brand and Miss Nine has read the whole series.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Dork diaries party time

    My 10 year will quite happily sit and have a read on her own. She loves this time to herself. I originally bought the book as a joke as she can be dorky sometimes but she fell in love. This is the start of her next book collection. All I can say is I am happy for her to read and she enjoys these books.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Amusing story!

    My two girls have both read this book and have enjoyed immensely.
    You know it must be funny when you hear them chuckling out loud.
    The text is large and easily read and it is written in a diary entry format so it is easy to stop and start without losing your place.
    The illustrations also add to the story, usually being very amusing.
    Since reading DORK DIARIES: ONCE UPON A DORK my girls have gone on to read more books from the series.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    My daughter loves these books

    My 8 year old daughter is an avid reader, and the dork diaries series are books she could not put down and has read over and over. She says they are very funny. My 7 year old daughter who is not quite as confindant a reader as her sister has also loved reading these books. Great books for all ages, Mum might just have to read them too and see what all the fuss is about!

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Great book!

    My 9 year old daughter got this book for her birthday and she absolutely loved it. It was read within a week, she loved it that much! Reading is very important, so as a mum The Dork Diaries is a great series of books, that also makes reading lots of fun. I highly recommend The Dork Diaries.

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Has now read most of the series!

    My daughter and I had heard of the Dork Diaries before reviewing this book but, had never read one before. She has now read must of the series.
    Whenever Miss (now) nine gets hold of a dork diaries book, she starts reading right away and wants to read it cover to cover in one sitting.
    The dork diaries is most definitely one of her favourite series to read and often looks for other titles when at our local library,

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    sounds awesome and looks great

    sounds awesome and looks great

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
    I would recommend Dork Diaries to other parents
    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Great book

    Id highly recommend these for parents to give to kids

    I recognise the Dork Diaries brand
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    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this


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    Dork Diaries

    I applied to review books for Mom’s and was overjoyed to be chosen to review the book ‘YOU’. ‘Dork Diaries’ was also on the list. I have read the reviews for ‘Dork Diaries’ and it seems the book is a brilliant read. I have decided to get the book for the kids.

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    My child is a fan of Dork Diaries
    My child enjoyed reading this

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