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

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  194,171 Ratings  ·  11,692 Reviews
Being a kid can really stink. And no one knows this better than Greg Heffley, who finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving.

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, author and illustrator Jeff Kinney introduces us to an unlikely hero. As Greg says in his diary: "Just don't expect me to be a
Paperback, 217 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Amulet Books (first published 2004)
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Rick Riordan
Dec 04, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. I met Jeff before I'd heard of his books, so I knew he was a nice guy, but now I'm a fan too! I finished this on the way to Utah. Actually, it was such a quick read I finished it by the time I got to Dallas, and was left thinking, "Great, now what do I read?" Jeff has a perfect understanding of the middle school mentality. I loved The Cheese Touch and the Halloween story at Grandma's house. I can totally understand why these books are blowing the top off the bestseller lists. Well-dese ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Jolie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book based on a quick skim in the store where I saw lots of funny line illustrations and large fonts that mimic handwriting. Although the tone was sarcastic, I thought that it would prove to be a good read-aloud for my 6 year old son, who still needs some enticement into stories. I pictured him, the boy who fancies himself an author and artist, just eating up this book. And actually, he would have--except after one night of reading this out loud I discovered that the content was defin ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Jenne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jf, graphic-novel
Jesus, what an asshole.
Yes, I know kids love it. Duh. Kids are dumb. And so is this book. (Ok, that was mean. I apologize.)

One of my students gave me his copy of Wimpy Kid and then asked me every day for a month if I had read it yet. Not wanting to disappoint a student excited about a book, I finally sat down one afternoon and flew through it. Eh. The protagonist is a mean, unfunny little jerk. I freely admit that I probably "just don't' get it," and I'm okay with that.

I celebrate any book that makes kids want to re
Apr 21, 2008 Tony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for a conferance I'm attending about children's literature, and it's easily the worst thing I've come across in the 12 books or so on the reading list.

It features bland art that adds nothing (other than a misguided attempt to catch reluctant readers), boring characters who still managed to garner my dislike, a motionless plot with no character development or point. It was like a particuarly uninspired Saturday morning cartoon stripped of any of the facile enjoyment of animation.

Oct 05, 2007 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone with a child in school
While attending open house this year at my 10 year old sons school, he found this book for sale at the book fair. We thumbed through it, and thought it looked cute, so we purchased it, and read it together.

Its narrated by this middle-school aged kid in the form of a diary, with sketches and doodles included on every page, and basically follows his days from the begining of the school year to the end. He is a bit of a loser, and trys to create a better image for himself through attempts at being
Jul 03, 2008 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was an awsome and very funny book it got the laughes right out of me
Sep 06, 2008 Sherrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for my 9 year old son, who had begged me for it relentlessly for over a month. After i got it, i would hear him giggling and laughing in his room, and when i would peek in, he was always reading this book. So when he was done, i picked it up and started reading it myself.... and it really is funny! The voice of the main character is very authentic - a thing which is hard to find. I wish that people had been writing material like this when i was a preteen.
Edited to add:
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ياسمين ثابت

في كتب كتيرة اوي تستغرب انها موجودة في قائمة البستسيلر او الكتب الاكثر مبيعا على مستوى العالم وتيجي تقراها تلاقيها سيئة جدا وتقول سبحان الله طب ازاي الكتاب ده اشتهر

وفي كتب بتكون تجارية بحته بتناقش حاجات مثيرة للفضول عند الناس ويتعملها بروباجندا وبتاع

وفي كتب بقى في وسط الحاجات دي كلها تلاقيها فعلا تستاهل

مذكرات عيل مشاكس...عيل رزل...عيل كبر قبل اوانه....هذا الويمبي كيد....مذكرات لطيفة جدا جدا

اولا اسم الكتاب نفسه لذيذ ومثير....ثانيا اجمل واقوى حاجة في لكتاب ده التصميم الداخلي بتاعه

الكتاب صفحاته فيه
Oct 07, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I seldom give five-star ratings, but I feel the need to balance some of the negative reviews. First of all, this book is intended for slightly older readers--say, 9 and up. Second, anyone looking for profound wisdom will be disappointed. It's just a funny book, a very funny book. I'm not sure I'd go as far as to call is a graphic novel, either. The doodly illustrations enhance the "story" (such as it is), but they don't tell it. Jeff Kinney is an obvious disciple of Matt Groening (not Simpsons-G ...more
When I told my friend I was reading 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid', she said only one thing "What are you... 12"? If enjoying reading this book makes me 12, so be it. I liked this book. Its funny, a very quick read, unique and very cute. Worth a read for anyone who has a child living inside them.
mohsen pourramezani
Feb 11, 2016 mohsen pourramezani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: satire, cartoon
به نظرم از آن دست کتابهایی است که ردهی سنی ندارد. تجربهاش حسی شبیه خواندن نیکولاکوچولوی سامپه و گوسینی راداشت با همان تصاویر جذاب و طنز شیرین دوران کودکی و نوجوانی
برخلاف تصاویر کتاب نیکولا کوچولو که به نظر میرسد تصاویر حالت تزیینی برای متن دارند در این کتاب تصاویر کامل کنندهی متن هستند و بدون آنها داستان ناقص میشود
جزییات طنز روایتها و انسجام داستانیاش را دوست داشتم
بیشتر کتاب را توی مترو خواندم و گاهی بلند بلند میخندیدم :)
این کتاب را چند نفر دیگر هم با نام های مختلف ترجمه کردهاند اما در یک مقای
Kenny Hernandez
I really kind of did not....Love this book its like about telling u about Greg's school. But the "cheese touch thing is a BIG part of the story you should really read that part.
Rachel Hartman
Nov 24, 2010 Rachel Hartman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I find this whole series depressing. Sure, there are funny moments - I even laughed out loud once or twice, seriously - but the fact of the matter is, Greg is so completely devoid of any kind of human feeling or understanding of other people that I'm beginning to suspect he's some kind of clinical narcissist. He blames everyone else for his problems; he doesn't care about anyone. He doesn't grow, he doesn't learn, he doesn't change (does he even age? He's still in junior high after four books? I ...more
Oct 21, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reluctant readers
Recommended to Jen by: my son, librarians everywhere
My two oldest sons are night/day different about reading, at least for now. Both read above their grade levels, but one is besotted with books while the other merely reads them sometimes when the urge to sit and be still suddenly hits him. As you might imagine, this urge doesn't come too very often. So, when my mother asked what my more reluctant reader would like for his birthday I told her about this book, the wimpy kid diary, the book that keeps the ditch digger, bee buzzing, Tarzan yelling ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Lstirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A web comic turned novel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid strikes the funny bone of kids everywhere.

This "novel in cartoons" is a hilarious addition to the tween fiction section. Presented as a 'journal,' because the word diary is much too girly, this story chronicles the misadventures of Greg Heffley, middle school student. This was a fast read that was hard to put down. Each page featured at least one, sometimes many, cartoon illustrations that added to the humor of the book. Kids of the targeted age gro
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

If you work with middle grade kids, be sure to check out DIARY OF A WIMPY KID.

Greg Heffley is a 6th-grade weakling trying to make his mark in the middle school world. His family includes a mom, a dad, a heavy metal big brother, and a whiny, tattling little brother. His best friend is Rowley, another odd 6th-grader with overprotective parents and the world-class ability to annoy.

Greg is always a victim of the big, mean bullies in
Levina  C.
There! I added it! Happy now, Nahuy Banana Girl DouDou? (stop changing your name! D:)

I don't see why this book is so popular. I zoomed through it in less than an hour and thought it was boring and immature. It has a biased idea of middle school life and I didn't find it funny at all, which it was obviously trying to be. Oh, and sheer amount of clichés made me want to gag.
Nov 08, 2014 Mariℓina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny, interesting and highly entertaining book. I read it after my nine year old brother did -by the way, he loved it- and i had an amazing time.

The cartoon style of this novel, is amusing and an element that makes quite an impression.

To be honest though i have to point out that some of the situations make the reader believe the hero is of younger age. But beside that i think it's a fine choise for any boy to read.

All in all, it's enjoyable, with a quick tempo and the author doesn't drag the
Nov 17, 2014 Ted rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Haven't actually read this, am writing the review for my grandson. He'll be seven in a month.

He's not here, so I'm guessing five stars. It could be a four.

He's read this one and the next in the series. Liked them both.

As he was leaving this afternoon I showed him Asterix the Gaul, telling him it was sort of a comic book.

"Oh so that's what a comic book is!", he said.

I mentioned that there were some rather large words in it (just glancing) and that he might not be able to read it quite yet.

"I thi
Feb 18, 2008 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, kids, teen
I know everyone seems to love this book, but it left me with a resounding "meh." Maybe it's because my own middle school experiences were so unpleasant that I have no desire to revisit them, even vicariously, but I think it's mostly because I didn't find the main character to be particularly interesting, or even worth my time. The kid's a little turd who sails through life learning nothing. Protagonists aren't required to be likable, but they should have some noticeable character arc, and this k ...more
May 27, 2008 Joanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reluctant boy readers
Okay, so it's funny and offers some insight into the preteen boy psyche. A ton of boys in my 5th grade class are reading it. Graham read it, then Todd did. Todd laughed out loud frequently, and then went back and asked Graham if he thought it was funny, too. Graham responded "yeah", but not with as much enthusiasm as I thought he would. I guess, for Graham, it's just a bit too close to reality to be SO funny. Todd, however, can look back on middle school with some perspective and laugh more!

George Jankovic
Feb 06, 2016 George Jankovic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When my son was about 8, he read all Harry Potter books and didn't think a book that had pictures in it, like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was for him anymore. It made perfect sense to me too. Recently, I heard from a few friends how funny the Diary was so I had to read it.

OMG, this book is hilarious! There were times when I couldn't stop laughing. Of course, I recommended it to my son and can't wait to get his comments. I wholeheartedly recommend it to the kids, their parents and all adults who w
Grace Tjan
Jess, my 8-year old little girl, gave it 3 stars.

Comments while reading:

1. "I want to read this book because all the kids in my class have read it."

2. "That's the CHEESE! Don't touch it! Why? Because if you touch it you'll have the 'cheese touch'."

3. "What is the 'cheese touch'? Just read the book!"

4. "He had to tie his fingers together so he won't get the cheese touch. And he got a D in handwriting."

5. "Is it true that if your hand is bigger than your face you have low intelligence?"

6. "What is
Jun 29, 2016 Drishti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Drishti by: My little sister! :p
It all started two years ago when my sister bought her very own copy of this book. And (yeah, you guessed it right!) she fell in love with it. Then, of course, she tried to convince me to give it a try. She rambled about it for hours on end, yelled at me to read it and when nothing else worked, she even made puppy dog eyes at me. But my reaction was something along the lines of

Yeah, yeah. Shame on me!

But on the fateful day of June 26, 2016, while I stood admiring my bookshelf, my hand involuntar
Nov 30, 2013 Donnell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Due to a Jeff Kinney visit to my local book store, I read Diary of A Wimpy Kid Hard Luck--and found it delightful. When a respected children's librarian, however, reported her dislike of the series, I was puzzled. After reading this book, the first of the series, I understood.

Greg Heffley of Hard Luck says, on the first page, "I love my family..." he then goes on to befriend the nerdy Fregley and act as a wise, compassionate observer when describing his extnded family and their interactions.

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I'm very obviously not the target audience here but I'm worried about Greg. I think Greg might be a little psychopath.

Anyhoots, reading this at the bequest of my nephew. He wants to talk books with adults and was rather shocked that I read so much and hadn't read this yet. He thinks it's the business and obviously I can see the appeal to kids. I mean there are butt jokes. Also that cheese thing was proper gack so 9 year olds be all over that!

I'll no doubt be encouraged (told

Middle schooler, Greg Heffley is not ready to watch his best friend walk out of his life forever, and certainly not because of a girl. Greg's best friend, Rowley Jefferson has been dating a new girl, Abigail. It's not that Greg doesn't like her, she just has something against him. Abigail has been trying to wedge between them, ever since she and Rowley started dating!
The book was hilarious and relatable, yet a bit repetitive since Greg and Rowley fight, and make up, in almost every book. If yo
Antonio Washington
Diary of a wimpy kid was a book that at one point everybody has either heard about,read or watched the movie. jeff kinnney wrote this book about a boy named greg heffley. greg finds himself in his first year of middle school.Greg is happy to have his best friend Rowley join him in his next three years of middle school.During this book greg will find out that middle school will not go as planned and his friendship with rowley will be tested.

At westmore middle school there has been a piece of chee
Jake W
Nov 15, 2012 Jake W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading diary of a wimpy kid. The authors name is Jeff Kinney he has wrote a series of these books but I am reading the first one. The two main characters are Greg and Rowley and they bath just got to middle school and right now there like the little kids in the school and every body picks on the sixth graders. Greg is not an out side Pearson for him a perfect day is sitting in his house playing video games with pop corn. And let's get this strate Greg's dad does not like Greg playing video ...more
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Jeff Kinney is an author of children's books including Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. Jeff was born in College Park, Maryland, in 1971 where he created a comic strip called "Igdoof."He also created the children's website 'Poptropica'.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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