Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #1) (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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Boys don't keep diaries-or do they?

The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to.

It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who ...
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Overview

Boys don't keep diaries-or do they?

The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to.

It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, "Just don't expect me to be all 'Dear Diary' this and 'Dear Diary' that." Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won't do and what he actually does are two very different things.

Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.
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For any child thoughtful about growing up and who may be looking for a champion, Jeff Kinney has delivered it. In this hilarious diary told through the eyes of a "wimpy kid," the author tells the story of middle-schooler Greg Heffley, whose friend Rowley begins to move up in the social sphere. Greg decides to take advantage of the situation, and while his and Rowley's friendship is put to the test as a result, readers are laughing all the way. The first book in a series based on the author's online comic, this is a knee-slapping read that keeps fans anxious for more.
Publishers Weekly

Kinney's popular Web comic, which began in 2004, makes its way to print as a laugh-out-loud "novel in cartoons," adapted from the series. Middle school student Greg Heffley takes readers through an academic year's worth of drama. Greg's mother forces him to keep a diary ("I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I specifically told her to get one that didn't say 'diary' on it"), and in it he loosely recounts each day's events, interspersed with his comic illustrations. Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration (e.g., "Don't expect me to be all 'Dear Diary' this and 'Dear Diary' that"), and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg's often deadpan voice. The hero's utter obliviousness to his friends and family becomes a running joke. For instance, on Halloween, Greg and his best friend, Rowley, take refuge from some high school boys at Greg's grandmother's house; they taunt the bullies, who then T.P. her house. Greg's journal entry reads, "I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Gramma is retired, so she probably didn't have anything planned for today anyway." Kinney ably skewers familiar aspects of junior high life, from dealing with the mysteries of what makes someone popular to the trauma of a "wrestling unit" in gym class. His print debut should keep readers in stitches, eagerly anticipating Greg's further adventures. Ages 8-13. (Apr.)

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Even though Greg Heffley would rather play video games with his friend Rowley than write in the journal that his mother gives him, he uses it to record, in pictures and in text, the harrowing and clever ways in which he navigates the middle school social scene. Undersized and skinny, Greg has adventures that center on how he manages to separate himself from the geeks and how he evades bigger bullies by employing quick wit and harebrained ideas. Unfortunately Greg's schemes usually backfire, providing readers with the opportunity to delight in his distress. Picked on by an older brother, embarrassed by his baby brother, and closely monitored by his clever parents, Greg reacts in typical middle school fashion, making him a character with which many readers will be able to identify. Kinney provides readers with a realistic view of middle school life as seen through the eyes of the entertaining but not very bright class clown. Readers can expect lots of middle school humor and exaggeration. Kinney manages to inject enough humor in the simple drawings to make them an integral element in the book. Because Kinney began his Wimpy Kid adventures on a Web site, many middle schoolers already familiar with the character will ensure a ready audience for this print version.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613122433
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 10,097
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In 2009, Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff 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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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 10, 2009

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      Great for the ADD learner

      This book, the first in the great series, was a appealing book to me because of the cover. I hadn't heard much about it, so I just picked it up as I was walking out of the store. I teach 7th grade, and once I brought the book to my classroom the students went wild. They were all crazy about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and now I know why. The book is perfect for the ADD/ADHD children because of the transition between writing and pictures. I recommend teachers to recommend this book to all readers that you have to harp on everyday to read. This book will change their idea of reading and hopefully help them out. I will be buying a class set of the series soon.

      108 out of 138 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 28, 2009

      A Must Have

      My grandson is in the third grade (Bolin Elem in Allen, TX) and LOVES this book. I have to set the timer in order to get him to "PUT THE BOOK DOWN" and do other homework. He is required to read 80 minutes by Friday (to record in his classroom agenda) and we always exceed that. He reaches his minutes no later than Tuesday because he will read during the weekend! What a great motivator. He asked me to get the other series(I DID) because he loves them so. For a child to ask for BOOKS, that's wonderful!

      56 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 2, 2009

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      This Book Rocks!!!

      This book is soooo good! It is about a boy named Greg and he is trying to get through middle school. Through out the year things happen that will make you laugh sooo hard!!! The whole Diary of a Wimpy Kid series are awesome!!!!

      49 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 20, 2010

      Great Second Grader Read

      My son enjoys reading for short periods of time. He will usually read for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time. When he was given this book, he read it cover to cover and only put it down because I made him stop to eat dinner and take a bath. While the pictures and stories may not be the most interesting to adults, or at least to me, it was very absorbing for the eight year old audience. He enjoyed the illustrations and laughed out loud over a dozen times. Since this seems to be a very popular series for kids at his school, my child took the book to school and actually had discussions with peers about what he liked and did not like about the story. He has most of the others in the series now, but has gone back and read this one again. I would recommend it for children ages seven to ten.

      43 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 13, 2011

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      one of the best

      this book is amazing. hard to put down, Can't wait to read the next.

      39 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 21, 2010

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      Didn't Like The Main Character

      I will admit that this book had its funny moments- and it was overall a book for young kids to read, laugh, and sympathize with the main character about what middle school is like but I thought that Greg was a jerk. Maybe I just don't understand young boys psyche or something and maybe it's the fact that I'm almost 18 and reading a book meant for younger readers (although any book worth its salt can be liked by any age group),I just didn't like this book. But I guess if the reader is young, like 9-12, they may enjoy this book. I wouldn't recommend it though.

      34 out of 73 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 29, 2012

      December 29, 2012

      This was the best book i ever read i love all the diary of a wimpy kid books and movies i cant wait to read every single book there is. I think that all the books in the world should be like these. All you people that are reading this, i hope you liked my review because all i want is for you to like this review. All of my reviews are gonna have this at the end

      ;-)
      REMEMBER THAT PLEASE

      32 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 8, 2008

      A great choice for reluctant readers

      I bought this book for my grandson, a fourth grader who is struggling in school and has never expressed the slightest interest in books. He read this in a single sitting, smiling at some parts and laughing out loud at others. Of course, he loved the stick figure cartoons, but I noticed that the story engaged him, too. Since the "diary" is completely uncensored (Greg's parents have promised not to read his entries!), the incidents are recorded from a kid's totally unfiltered perspective. I especially enjoyed his interactions with his bullying older brother and his nerdy best friend. My grandson has now finished the sequel, Rodrick Rules, and is anxiously awaiting the publication of the third book. With this terrific series, author Jeff Kinney has done a huge favor for reluctant readers -- and their despairing parents!

      31 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 17, 2007

      Alex 20

      I really liked this book i just sat down and started reading it in the store before long i had finished it. this book brought back lots of memories from grade school. I love it

      27 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 10, 2008

      Dont waste your money

      This book is full of disrespect for parents. Greg bad mouths his Dad, has a bad attitude about school -- not recommended for any kid to read -- there is no resolve or change for the better in his attitude. This book is just reenforcement for bad attitude and bad behavior. Dont buy it.

      26 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 12, 2011

      A Fantastic read for all Ages

      I enjoyed reading Diary of a wimpy kid it is a book based on this middle school boy named Greg Heffley who has a hard time fitting in with everything so his mom buys him a diary that he has to write in every day, and he is jealous of his little brother Manny cause he gets every thing he wants, and his older brother Roger bullies him all the time, But on the bright side he has one very best friend named Rowley who will always be there for him no matter what. The author manages to put enough humor in the book so you won't be able to put the book down until your done.

      22 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 28, 2008

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid<BR/>Jeff Kinney<BR/>Abrams Books<BR/>Realistic Fiction<BR/><BR/> Hey you! Yeah you! Come over here and read this! It's about a gut busting book, meaning you'll bust your gut from laughing so hard. Jeff Kinney brought us a hilarious book called Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A boy named Greg Heffley wrote in a journal his mom bought for him. This book is the journal and is all about his experience in seventh grade. Greg Heffley goes through lots of fazes, meaning he loves to try a bunch of different things. His best friend's name is Rowley. They hang out eighty-five percent of the book. Greg and Rowley go through too much together. Like one time, there's this thing called the ¿cheese touch.¿ It's a piece of rotten cheese Greg put on a basketball court beside the school years ago. Whoever touches it has to try and touch someone else and give them the ¿cheese touch.¿ A bunch of teenagers were chasing Greg and Rowley on Halloween and they made Rowley eat the cheese! There are many more things that happen to them.<BR/> The characters in this book all have a different personality. Greg Heffley is adventurous because he likes to try different things, wimpy because he's not very strong at all, lazy because he's obsessed with video games, and funny because everything bad happens to him. Greg is important to this book because he's the main character and the whole book revolves around him. His older brother, Rodrick Heffley, is mean because he picks on Greg, he's annoying because he's not good at the drums and plays them in the garage with his awful band, he's lazy because he likes to lay around, and he's rude because he has no manners. Rodrick Heffley is important to this book because he's the main character's older brother. Greg Heffley's best friend, Rowley, is adventurous because he travels around the world every summer and school vacation, he's wimpy because he's not strong and can't take any pain at all, he's immature because he likes toddler toys, and he's just always happy. Rowley is important to this book because he's a main character himself and he's the main character, Greg's, best friend.<BR/> I love this book. I highly recommend this book to children of all ages with a sense of humor. I liked this book because of all the funny events, the whole book was funny, it wasn't hard to concentrate on because it was nice and simple (and funny!!), and it was hard to put down. Oh! By the way, before you start reading this book, call an ambulance or the paramedics so they're ready to replace your gut.

      20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 8, 2010

      Diary of Wimpy Kid

      My grandson loved it. Has read it twice. I guess I should have read it first.

      17 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 11, 2011

      Great Read!!

      This is a funny look at school and some of the awkward situations. Some things many would be able to relate to so it makes it even funnier. A light hearted read. Enjoy!

      15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 14, 2013

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      This book is GREAT! Get it! Hit yes if you agree.

      14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 13, 2011

      It was great

      This book is very funny. I thought it was GREAT ! He and his best friend Rowley are telling you about middle school. They have funny-heroic experiences through their year. They stick together through thick and thin. That's how you tell they're really good friends. The characters and the story itself are really interesting. They have 5 or 6 books out as of now.The ending makes you want to read more. It continues into the next book that you can't wait to read.These book are really interesting and funny. I highly advise you to read it.

      14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 3, 2011

      A Must Read Book (:

      Diary of a wimpy kid is a great book. I am a 10 year old girl and even i enjoyed it. the book seems like its meant for boys but believe me its not. you must read this book if like humor and reading.

      14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 12, 2011

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid

      I'm reviewing this book because I thought it would be a good one. I was intrested in the book because my friend had been reading the other Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels so I thought I'd borrow the first one from him. I first started to read the book and didn't care for it. The more I read of the book it started to get better. Before I read the book I thought it would be some litle babyish book that mostly had pictures and no real point of the book, but after I started to read it I noticed it had a pretty good bit of pictures and still made sense to me. I wouldn't reccomend a high schooler who liked the book to do a book report on it because it doesn't fit their grade level. If I had to do a book report, I wouldn't do one on this book because some parts didn't make scense though. All in all in was an ok book. I would reccomend this book to kids ages 9-14.

      13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 9, 2010

      Even adults can get a giggle out of it

      I just got this for my step son, but I read it first and having the funny stories to share really gave us some good conversation. he has all of them. It's very appealing and demonstrates how kids all feel anger, or humiliation, and how to deal with those feelings at times.

      12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 19, 2009

      I love this book!

      I have read a few kids' books before and this has been one of my favorites. The experiences he goes through are typical of a boy in school. He is constantly trying to fit in; trying to be the cool kid. He definitely does not want to associate with the not-so-cool kids in class. If he did, it would only associate him with that kind of category. He loves video games and drawing cartoons of his adventures in the sixth grade. His cartoon pictures are hilarious. They are a great visual to what he is going through at the time. This book is great for kids. The stories and pictures capture your attention that keep you turning to the last page. High school students and even adults in their early 20s enjoy this book often laughing out loud. This is a great book to get kids to enjoy reading. I loved this book. It was funny and quite entertaining. I found myself laughing at all the things Greg did. He is quite a loveable character.

      12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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