Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

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Now every kid can write like a Wimpy Kid!

 

An exciting companion to the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

 

"First of all, let me get something straight: This is a journal, not a diary.?

 

This innovative interactive journal based on Greg Heffley?s own "diary? lets kids express themselves in an exciting new way. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, kids will be asked: What was ...

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Overview

Now every kid can write like a Wimpy Kid!

 

An exciting companion to the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

 

"First of all, let me get something straight: This is a journal, not a diary.”

 

This innovative interactive journal based on Greg Heffley’s own "diary” lets kids express themselves in an exciting new way. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, kids will be asked: What was the best dream you ever had? The worst thing you ever ate? The best secret you ever heard? The most trouble you ever got in for something that wasn’t even your fault to begin with? This Do-It-Yourself Book features art throughout, along with ruled and blank pages for readers to create their own stories, keep their own diaries, and record their favorites and least faves. Includes a bonus full-color comics section featuring the collected cartoons of Greg Heffley and his best friend, Rowley.

 

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16 pages of full-color comics!

 

 "Move over, Harry Potter. . . . There’s a new set of titles dominating the bestseller list for kids’ chapter books, and there’s nothing 'fantasy’ about these.”—Andrea Yeats on NPR’s All Things Considered

 

"Perfectly pitched wit and believably self-centered hero . . .”—The New York Times

 

"Charming and hilarious from the get-go. . . . [Kinney has] an uncanny eye for the depredations and triumphs of middle school life.” —The Boston Globe

 

"The writing is sharp, and the artwork, though deceptively simple, is both entertaining and expressive . . . adding comic punch to these funny-because-they’re-true scenes . . .” —Bookpage

 

"Perfect for someone about to go to middle school, perfect for parents to help ease their child into this new phase. . . . Kinney has done a wonderful service for preteens by talking about all those awful, embarrassing, and good moments.” —The San Diego Union Tribune

 

F&P level: T

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810979772
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and now lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Biography

All his life, Jeff Kinney wanted to be a cartoonist. As a student at the University of Maryland in the 1990s, he published his comic strip "Igdoof" in the college newspaper, but he soon discovered that succeeding in the real world as a syndicated cartoonist is no easy task. So, after school, he supported himself as a newspaper designer and computer programmer, while working out ideas for a children's book that combined cartoons with conventional storytelling.

Once he conceived the concept for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kinney devoted nearly six years to developing the storyline and artwork. Fashioned as a journal with appealing, expressive stick figure drawings on every page, Diary is narrated in the pitch-perfect (and hilariously deadpan) voice of a not-always-likeable but totally believable tweener named Greg Heffley. Poised to make the painful transition from elementary to middle school, Greg struggles with the usual preteen angst: bullies and cliques, annoying siblings and clueless parents, faithful friends and cute, unattainable girls.

Although Kinney never intended to publish his book online, when the opportunity arose to serialize Greg's adventures on Funbrain.com, he knew he'd found the perfect way to reach his target audience. In 2004, the comic strip began appearing in daily installments on the website. The feature was a huge hit, attracting thousands of hits a day. Moreover, the online version paved the way to Kinney's five-book deal with the publisher Harry N. Abrams.

Armed with fresh, new story lines, Kinney launched the print sequence in 2007. From the very first installment, entitled simply Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the series was a success -- especially with reluctant readers who found the diary-with-doodles format far more accessible than conventional books. Greg, with his hilarious antics, backfiring schemes, and totally unfiltered thoughts (his mom has agreed not to read what he writes!), has struck a responsive chord -- both with kids who identify with his growing pains and with grownups who vividly recall their own.

Good To Know

  • Jeff Kinney claims that he writes for kids because he believes the most interesting and funniest stories come from people's childhoods.

  • In an interview with familyeducation.com, Kinney was asked which he liked more: writing or drawing cartoons. He answered this way: " Both writing and drawing are a struggle for me. I am cursed with being a very slow illustrator, and this book requires at least 1,000 illustrations. So sometimes, the joy of illustrating is a bit diminished by the amount of time that illustrating takes. What I enjoy is seeing the words and illustrations come together on the page."

  • Kinney knew he'd made the grade when Diary of a Wimpy Kid was chosen to appear as a plot point on the popular Disney-produced preteen series Wizards of Waverly Place.

  • Kinney deliberately avoids putting pop culture references into his stories because he wants them to have a timeless feel. He hopes readers will be able to pick his books up 20 years from now and still be able to relate to themes.
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      1. Hometown:
        Southern Massachusetts
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 19, 1971
      2. Place of Birth:
        Maryland
      1. Education:
        University of Maryland
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    • Posted July 25, 2009

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      A wondeful book for kids who love to use imagination!

      My son loves these books by Jeff Kinney! This book in particular has brought out so much of my son's imagination that he is truly learning his own style of drawing plus just simply having fun. I love to go back and read and see what he has either written or drawn out of his growing mind. A truly fun book for kids to have! I will be saving my son's book for when he's older just to have for a keepsake.

      6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 20, 2009

      Great Book!

      I bought this book for my 8-year-old grandson. He absolutely loved it! He loves the Wimpy Kid books, but I think he had more fun with this book. He spent all afternoon and the next day working on it and filling in the information.

      5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 25, 2009

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      Cool

      So there are pictures and previews for this.The 2 picture isn't really in my book.Or not in my book because I have papperback rather that hardcover.I bought at a my school book fair for scholastic.It's nice. Cool.You can write and read a bit.You can draw and in the back they have like a hundred pages to write you life or a journal or even a novel.It's a nice book.I'd recamend it to kids 13 and under.You do not have to read the serise to bye it.I didn't!I more of a twilight reader.So anyway it nice for on the go fun.

      4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 30, 2010

      My 7 year old loved this book!

      My son absolutely loved this book. Already obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy kid stories, he loved being able to create one himself. He is seven, and though reads fairly well, he is not one to just pick up a pen and write, as it is much more of a challenge for him. This book motivated him to write and draw, which has improved his skills and helped him to write more in other situations. He also had fun sharing his comics and stories with my husband and I. I highly recommend it.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 25, 2010

      great

      great

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 27, 2009

      This was an excellent pick!!!

      I purchased this book for my son over the summer. He absolutely loved it. He has taken it every where with him. It was interesting for me to go back and learn some new things about my son.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 1, 2008

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      Best Diary for Boys and Girls alike.

      My kids love the wimpy kid books and this do it yourself just goes right along with it. They had a blast filling in the pages and making up their own stories. It even made them think they could be a writer when they grow up. My kids range in age from 13 to 7 and they all love it.

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 9, 2009

      fun and good story

      best for classroom kids

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 16, 2009

      Great book for ten year old boys

      The book was great for a ten year old to write and follow the sometime silly directions to make his own book. Couldn't wait for the next book to come out and had to go back and buy the other ones.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 8, 2010

      Great way to start kids journaling

      My son had this book written in a few weeks and loved it. It is a great way to introduce kids to journaling.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 8, 2010

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself

      I gave this to my granddaughter who is in the first grade. She adores it. It encourages reading and writing skills as well as thinking skills. I had first thought it might be too old for her, but it definitely is not. The book is funny, very readable and slightly challenging for a first-grader; however, she has enjoyed it again and again. Perhaps its best trait is that it involves the child in all of these skills. It is an active rather than passive book. It is too young for my fifth-grade grandson, but I believe children in grades one through four would like it. I would recommend it to parents and grandparents.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 5, 2010

      Gift

      This was a gift for my grandson. He is 8. He could not put this book down. He said it was great. He spent hours the first day he received it reading and writing.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 5, 2010

      Great for 9 year olds!

      I bought this book for my 9 year old and he loves it. He has all the other "Wimpy Kid" books and has seen the movie. This book is fun because he got to put a picture of himself on the cover and it keeps him entertained. There are games and activities for him. He will pick it up on his own and work it but it is definitely the book that i make sure to take with me when we have an appointment or down time when we are going to be waiting.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 6, 2010

      Grandson loved this book

      It was Christmas after all gifts were opened. This was the first thing he settled down to use. 1st time 1 1/2 hrs. then on & off the rest of the day. 2 months later still using.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 12, 2010

      2nd Grade Hit

      my son loves all of the 'Wimpy Kid' books. This one got him to start writing journal entries almost daily.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 10, 2010

      Great book

      I got this for my 10 year old son and he loved it. He has started his own journal and has stuck his picture on the front of the book. (there is a spot on the front cover to put a photo if you like)

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 11, 2009

      entertaining

      My boys (9 and 11 years old) both enjoyed this book. In fact, they still create/edit the drawings in the book. It's entertaining for them because they share their drawings with each other and laugh about it.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 4, 2009

      Diary of a wimpy kid, do it yourself book

      My 9 year old begged for this book. I got it for him and was surprised at how much he enjoyed it. Writing in it, sharing with friends. This was just an overall good purchase as it has kept him very busy and helped his writing skills.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 1, 2009

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      My brother reads these books. My brother is going into the fifth grade and he hated reading untill he started reading dairy of a wimpy kid. Before that he couldn't stand the fact that I could sit for hours and read. He helped me fill up the top of the rating part. He now has a library card too!
      Thanks for helping,
      -a grateful big sister
      P.S. The recommended books are mostly for girls

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 29, 2009

      Awesome and funny!

      My son read a book a day of the series and is now using the diary. Without me having to remind him to read or write! We need more books like this that kids love and are interactive.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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