Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #1)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #1)

by Jeff Kinney


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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 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.

F&P level: T

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141324906
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Series: Diary of A Wimpy Kid
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. The Meltdown, book 13, was published in October 2018, and was a #1 bestselling book. His latest book, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, was published in April 2019. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.


Southern Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1971

Place of Birth:



University of Maryland

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Gran_Mommie More than 1 year ago
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!
Bdog101 More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. hard to put down, Can't wait to read the next.
ABW12 More than 1 year ago
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.
Word-Nerd More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is GREAT! Get it! Hit yes if you agree.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
CHAR-CHAR12 More than 1 year ago
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.
Chicken-Little More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
Abrams Books
Realistic Fiction

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.
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.
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.
Book_Marks More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney, it is a fiction book. the books theme is about a kid who goes to school and talks about his life in his "journal". this book is funny, easy for kids to read. there is about 200 pages in each of the books but a lot of pictures. i don't agree about the name Greg it should be more of a common name like Matt or Adam or something less dull also Fregley shouldn't be as disgusting. this book got me reading more and more and it is cool because when u finish it you can just read the next one in the series. this book is great and funny and awesome for kids.
flygirlAC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is SO awesome!!! I'm 9 and am a girl this is meant to be for 15 year old guys but look at me!!!! Reading like its the end of the ding-dong world!!!
Marvelman More than 1 year ago
This book is funny, witty, and simple. it is a quick read too. I laughed my head of at the part when Greg makes his baby brother Manny eat a string and convinced him it was a spider and manny took out an orange when their mother asked how big it was.
FloridagirlKC More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so funny it does not have bad words
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading is not my thing ; however, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an ok book to read.This is about a boy named Greg who doesn’t look forward to middle school. He keeps a daily journal of how his day has gone— at home or at school.Even though I’m not that fond of reading, this wasn’t that bad of a book to read.I would recommend this for most students to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hahaha, it is a very funny book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book for the first im really looking forward to the next series!! I love Diary of a wimpy kid!!! I read u all thr time!! I posted u on istagram every body loved it so do i!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, all we need now is the Do It Yourself Journal.