Dear Dumb Diary #8: It's Not My Fault I Know Everything

Series: Dear Dumb Diary

by Jim Benton, Illustrated By Jim Benton

Scholastic Paperbacks
March 2009

Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Library of Congress: 2009277999

Lexile measure: 940L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: V



Dear Dumb Diary,

I went back and read some of my very oldest diaries. The entries say things like "I eated salad dressing" and "I got a Barbie shoe stuck in Stinker's nose again" and "The vet was mean to me about the Barbie shoe so I tried to bite him but vets are quick at not getting bit because dogs try all the time but dogs don't usually kick so I did that."

What amazed me was just how dumb I used to be, considering how smart I am now. There must have been a day when I just woke up smart.
Jim Benton

Jim Benton is an award-winning author and artist. You may know some of the other things he's made, like It's Happy Bunny, Dear Dumb Diary, Franny K. Stein, Victor Shmud, and more. He's created a TV series, written books, and produced a movie, and he always did everything his parents told him to do. Pretty much. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and kids and can be found online at


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780439825979

144pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝