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Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #2)

Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #2)

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by Jeff Kinney

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The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book!

Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.

Whatever you do, don't ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn't want to talk about it.

As Greg enters the new school year, he's eager to put the past


The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book!

Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.

Whatever you do, don't ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn't want to talk about it.

As Greg enters the new school year, he's eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular.

Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Greg's attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.

Editorial Reviews

Add a diary with an embarrassing summer secret and then stir with two brothers and you have the essential recipe of Rodrick Rules, already a hit installment in Jeff Kinney's cunningly clever Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. At the center of stew is Rodrick's younger brother Greg who is attempting ever so valiantly to somehow survive middle school with his dignity intact. This story of peer problems and adolescent hijinks gains new legs this month with the March 25th release of a comedy film based on the book.

Julie Just
The voice is pitch-perfect and the action recognizably elementary, and not too mean.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Kinney's junior-high diarist returns to chronicle another year's worth of comic moments in this riotous sequel. Once again, school-related drama constitutes a good portion of Greg's subject matter, from an ongoing correspondence with a pen pal ("I'm pretty sure 'aquaintance' doesn't have a 'c' in it. You really need to work on your English," Greg replies to the French student's polite introduction) to mastering book reports by writing "exactly what the teacher wants to hear" ("There were a bunch of hard words in this book, but I looked them up in the dictionary so now I know what they mean"). As in the previous book, cartoons form part of the narrative, corroborating (or disproving) Greg's statements. He claims that kids with last names at the start of the alphabet are smartest, and a side-by-side comparison of prim über-nerd Alex Aruda and gap-toothed Christopher Ziegel drives the point home. Additionally, Kinney fleshes out the often testy relationships between Greg and his slacker older sibling, Rodrick, and his little brother, Manny (when Greg gets mad at Manny for shoving a cookie in his video game system, the toddler protests, "I'm ownwy thwee!" and offers a ball of tinfoil with toothpicks shoved through to apologize). The hilarious interplay between text and cartoons and the keen familial observations that set Diary of a Wimpy Kidapart are just as evident in this outing, and are just as likely to keep readers in stitches. Ages 8-up. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Kinney's success as writer and cartoonist with the best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid is now followed by Diary #2, again about middle-schooler Greg, This time, Greg is at the mercy of his truly horrible teenage brother Roderick. Kinney is not judgmental. Greg and Roderick do anything they can get away with, without a thought for the feelings of others, and readers are left to draw their own conclusions. Dad and ever-vigilant Mom are largely clueless; at least, that's Greg's perception. What is the worst thing the brothers get up to? Probably Roderick's inviting his disreputable friends for an all-night party when Mom and Dad are away. (How could they trust Roderick with the house?) Poor Greg is sucked into the scheme and then blackmailed into cleaning up after the disaster. Greg has plenty of middle-school episodes of his own, like causing his friend Rowley to break his big toe or teaming up with magician Scotty for the Talent Show only to sabotage the act. The final entries of his diary recount how Greg saves Roderick with a last-minute science project (answering the question, "Do Plants Sneeze?") and achieves unexpected celebrity when he hides in the women's restroom (don't ask). When Mom reassures him that his classmates will know it was an "honest mistake," Greg sagely remarks: "So that just proves once and for all that Mom doesn't understand a THING about kids my age." Kinney's clever cartoons (too slick to have actually been done by Greg) are just as funny as the ones in Diary #1. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8- Hapless and hilarious Greg Heffley returns with another diary full of the minor irritations, major disasters, and occasional triumphs of a wimpy boy's middle school life. Kinney combines hand-written text with comical cartoons to present a character who is self-centered, sneaky, and dishonest, but also occasionally insightful and always very funny. Older brother Rodrick is his primary nemesis this time, partly because he threatens to spill Greg's embarrassing secret to the whole world. A nerdy best friend, a little brother who gets away with everything, and a bunch of clueless adults add significantly to Greg's problems. Readers, of course, will note that most of the narrator's troubles are self-inflicted, as when he wraps himself in toilet paper to avoid hypothermia in the boys' bathroom, does a disastrous job of pet-sitting, or decides to "wing it" for his school report on "The Amazing Moose." He's a character that readers can laugh at and empathize with at the same time. The line drawings that appear on every page play a large part in bringing Greg's world to life, providing humorous characterizations and details not mentioned in words. They also extend the appeal of the book to readers who are still a few years away from middle school themselves. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007) has been wildly popular, and this sequel should be an equally big hit with reluctant readers, especially boys, and anyone looking for a funny book.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

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Kirkus Reviews
In a second set of entries-of a planned three, all first published in somewhat different form online in installments-slacker diarist Greg starts a new school year. After a miserable summer of avoiding swim-team practice by hiding out in the bathroom (and having to wrap himself in toilet paper to keep from freezing), he finally passes on the dreaded "cheese touch" (a form of cooties) to an unsuspecting new classmate, then stumbles through another semester of pranks and mishaps. On the domestic front, his ongoing wars with older brother Rodrick, would-be drummer in a would-be metal band called Loded Diper, share center stage with their mother's generally futile parenting strategies. As before, the text, which is done in a legible hand-lettered-style font, is liberally interspersed with funny line drawings, many of which feature punch lines in speech balloons. Though even less likable that Junie B. Jones, Greg is (well, generally) at least not actively malicious, and so often is he the victim of circumstance or his own schemes gone awry that readers can't help but feel empathy. This reasonably self-contained installment closes with a truce between the siblings. A temporary one, more than likely. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)

Product Details

Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
Diary of A Wimpy Kid
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and five-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. 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 magazine’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 Plainville, Massachusetts, where he owns a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.


Brief Biography

Southern Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1971
Place of Birth:
University of Maryland

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Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 537 reviews.
MONEYBAGS More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Jeff Kinney. I found this book hard to put down. Once you read this book you will learn that you're not out there alone. There are other people that go through the same thing. After you read this book you learn that you're not alone so never feel like you are. This book is great for kids. Its great for anybody to read. I encourage teachers to introduce this book to their students because its funny, absorbing, amusing, thrilling, and teaches kids life lessons they need to learn. READ THE BOOK MAN!!! YOU WON'T WANT TO PUT IT DOWN!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story I am doing my book report on is Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrik Rules. This was written by Kinney Jeff. The main characters in this book are Rodrik, Greg, Manny, and Rowley. Let's start with Rodrik. Rodrik is Greg's brother and he is really mean to Greg. He also has a band and I guess their dad thinks they are not very good. Rodrik is the bad child in the house because he doesn't follow the rules and he doesn't give respect to his parents. In this book Rodrik is the protagonist. Next is Greg. Greg is the main character in this book. He is also one of the antagonists. Greg is kind of wimpy but nice. He is the one who doesn't do something bad but gets framed for doing it. Like his brother Rodrik always blames it on Greg or Greg just gets in trouble. At school Greg has one friend and he is Rowley. Manny is next. Manny is Greg's and Rodriks little brother. Manny is the tattletale in this book. When he sees Greg do something bad he tells their mom. But some how that never happens with Rodrik. Manny is also one of the antagonists. He is nice too. Manny is my favorite character because he can't talk very well. He says things like "Greg bwoke the window". Rowley is next. Rowley is Greg's best friend. He is very nice and weird. Rowley visits a lot of places around the world. Usually when Rowley comes back from a new country he gets hooked onto what's hot there. He lives with his mom and dad. He loves to play video games with Greg and they have a lot of sleepovers. Rowley is another antagonist. These were all the main characters. The plot of the story is that Rodrik is always being a jerk to Greg and Greg always tries to tell on him. But then Rodrik always says he'll tell everybody what happened to Greg in summer. It is also about Greg trying to get many in trouble but like always Greg is the one to get in trouble. In this story Rodrik got in trouble a couple of tomes but not all the time. Manny is the one who causes the most trouble but never gets in trouble for it. This was the plot of the story. This story probably takes place in the present day. It takes place at Greg's school and at his house. The theme of this story is to respect your parents and love and cherish what they offer you. I liked this story because I can relate to Greg and how he feels sometimes in this book. Like when his brother Rodrik is tormenting him. One connection I had in this book is to me. I connect to this book because I have an older brother and he torments me a lot too just like Greg and Rodrik. Another connection I have to this book is to the world. This connects to the world because I'm probably not the only person who has a brother or sister that torments them. A couple related books I've read are Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Last Straw and Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days. Thank you for reading my book report.
Avid_Reader101 More than 1 year ago
This book is so funny! I read it and i finished it in 1 day. I also finished the first one in a day two. These books show you what kids in middle school are going through these days. It shows how appnouxious brothers and parents can be. I would recommend this book for kids ages from 10-13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read if you enjoyed the first one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Greg is just like me. I have a mean older sibling,I always have bad vactions,and I'm pretty much a wimp. READ THIS BOOK PEOPLE! YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!! I GARNTEE!!! :)
Bdog101 More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! It is about Greg's big brother Rodrick takes over and Greg is soooo tired of it!!! This book is hilarious!
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. hard to put down, Can't wait to read the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the book is better the movie.I love the part were the dad and the mom are figuring out about the party!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This guy writes awesome books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a halarious book. You should get it.it has amazing details and pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rodrick just got busted for the party
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book like totally. Five thumbs up and i hope you liked it too because once i picked it up i couldn't put it back down until i was done so yeah. Jeff Kinney is a great writer i can't wait wat he does next. ;-) bye bye
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my top 10 books of my 11 years of life!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny enough for me to spite milk out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy makes great books. There so funny, I could read these books all day
julianH-Beavers_3Period More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this book but not as much as the first one. I don't have a brother but reading this made me think about if i had an older brother and i always have wanted a brother to teach nme things but now i see it'd probably be a nightmare at most times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diary of awimpy kid is a bestselling book by Jeff Kinney. I would reccomend this book for readers that love comics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the diary of a wimpy kids and this is my favorite buy far!!!!! I like it because gregs bros are sooooo mean to him butthen he helps rodrick with his science project.But I also think 10 bucks is to much.I think you should just buy it at costco.
MiguelD More than 1 year ago
For entertainment, this book is AWESOME!  This book is something I recommend and something worth your time. It'll keep you laughing and smiling with the "cheesy" jokes they make throughout the story line.  There's no specific part where the book gets interesting. It's a kids/teens book; it has to be funny all the time! This book really makes you visualize many of the things it has. The message the author states in my opinion, is to always appreciate your family members because, not matter what they will always be there for you. Jeff Kinney is a great author with a lot of imagination, can't wait to read his next book!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was funny to me i like the book alot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for everyone. Any one that reads this book will get a good laugh out of it. Every time I picked it up and started reading I could not put it down! This book is about Greg his brother Rodrick, Manny, Rowley, there parents also. Rodrick and Geg were left home alone one weekend and the though a huge party at there house! THey thought their parents would never find out, but later on the parents find out the truth! The house was a complete and total mess!! Thngs were destroyed, trash was every were! From there parnets prized posetions to there bathroom door! You will have to read this story to find out any more! I would really recommend this book to anyone that can read! Its a fun and entertaining book that the whole family could enjoy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books R AWESOME!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book i dont know how the author does it but dang
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book if u love this book then i suggest u read the third book. This book is about rodrick playing tricks and about his band. It also includes him at school and trying to be popular and date heather hills. I also enjoyed the movie but it was nothing like the book. I give it four stars because in some parts i just wanted to stop reading and read another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rodrick does not rule