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

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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  126,825 ratings  ·  9,397 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Amulet Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jolie
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
Rick Riordan
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
Jenne
Jesus, what an asshole.
Tony
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.

It'...more
Lori
Oct 05, 2007 Lori rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Amanda
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...more
Lucy
it was an awsome and very funny book it got the laughes right out of me
David
Oct 07, 2009 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jen
Oct 21, 2009 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
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.
Lstirl
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...more
Sherrie
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:
I'm rea...more
Levina  C.
There! I added it! Happy now, Nahuy Banana Girl DouDou? (stop changing your name! D:)

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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.
Harini
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.
Joanie
May 27, 2008 Joanie rated it 2 of 5 stars
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!

The...more
Bill
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
Rachel Hartman
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
Jake W
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
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...more
Tuckerm
May 11, 2008 Tuckerm rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 5th though 6th graders
Recommended to Tuckerm by: Todd Ford
“Diary for a Wimpy Kid” is a worthless fictional book written by Jeff Kinney. Another interesting thing about this book is that it is some what of a graphic novel. Well, this novel or “Diary” is about the most pathetic kid ever, Greg Heffley. Greg goes to a middle school were more than half the kids in his school have gone through the big “P” (puberty) twice. Because of this, he finds himself constantly getting picked on because of his puny muscles, hairless pits, and twiggy figure. So he tries...more
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...more
Malbadeen
2. I'm reading some really great books right now. Some beautiful, thoughtful books, books that make you think and dream and hope.

Last night I skipped over all those books and choose to go to bed with this one again. I'm lovin it!


1. This is one of the books that has made me say something ridiculous to my son like, "If you don't close that and go to sleep you're going to be grounded from books" (which sets off a stream of laughter as we both realize how ludicrious my threat is even as I'm speakin...more
Donnell
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.

Th...more
Patrick
This was really funny, I don't know if it's supposed to be a kids' book or just meant to look like one. A fake journal of an awkward boy's first year of middle-school and his trials and tribulations, hand-written and complete with drawings. The voice is kind of like a less-savvy Nick Twisp from C.D. Payne's "Youth in Revolt." An example of a typical mini-storyline: the kid talks about how the only basketball hoop in his school's playground with a net has had a rotten piece of cheese underneath i...more
Erin
This book was hilarious. It may be a fun book for a kid in middle school, but I am twenty-four years old and enjoyed it immensely. It's refreshing to read a book like this where the main character is a boy. Most books with a diary style are aimed at girls, and while I find the Princess Diaries to be very entertaining, I find this book to be much more funny. This is a very normal boy who writes his true and simple thoughts about the middle-school world around him. It's the sort of simple honesty...more
Clare Cannon
Oct 30, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 8-15 years
Shelves: 08-12yrs, 13-15yrs
Don’t expect Tolkien, but this novel in cartoons will make you laugh.

Jeff Kinney is obviously still a big kid himself because he writes about the daily life of school boys with alarming accuracy.

Life as a school boy gives you plenty to deal with. You're the target of trick-playing big brothers, you endure the misfortune of landing in your school’s gifted reading group, and you're always on the lookout for ways to lower parental expectations (so they'll love whatever you manage to do).

Then there'...more
Dolly
Mar 20, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children starting to read graphic novels
This is an interesting and entertaining story that is a diary that a middle-grade boy writes about his life. It's the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Our youngest brought it home from her elementary school library, and we both read it and now her older sister is reading it, too. It was a fun, quick read, so now we'll likely continue on with the series - our youngest is already talking about borrowing the next one this week during her school library time.

The content of the story is...more
Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7)
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person
There are no words to describe this book. Wait, there are. Awful. Dreadful. That's only the beginning. If you're looking for a cheap laugh or something to pass the time while you wait at the dentists, then this is the book for you. If you re looking for an interesting and meaningful book, pick up Harry Potter and leave Diary of a Wimpy Kid behind. This was a class favorite when I was in fourth and fifth grade and will probably also be a favorite though I am now entering 7th grade. Youth nowadays...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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Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #2) The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3) Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #4) The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #5) Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #6)

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“I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." - Greg Heffley,” 519 likes
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