My kids love the books and I took them to both movies on their opening weekends. The books are really funny even to adults, and the movies are really good and well cast adaptations which give the fans of the books everything they want.
The second movie is definitely funnier than the first one, and I think it’s basically a perfect rendering of the characters, gags, tone and attitude of the books.
Part of what I like about the books is that the title character is kind of a jerk. He’s not necessarily always sympathetic. He’s often a dick to his little friend, Rowley, he’s got an inflated ego, he’s sometimes oblivious to the feelings of others, etc. There aren’t always consequences either, and he doesn’t necessarily learn any lessons. That makes him more realistic and relatable, not to mention funny.
Even if you don’t have kids, the books are worth picking up. They don’t read like kids’ books, they’re just these satirical little comic book hybrids with a lot of subtle humor that’s aimed over kids’ heads and right at adults.
I believe the first book wasn’t even initially intended to be a kids’ book, but the publishing company decided to market it that way. That first book, in particular, does not read like a kids’ book.
ETA my daughter told me her school had to make a “no cheese touch” rule a few months ago after a school wide outbreak started threatening the order of the school.