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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

(Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  445,676 ratings  ·  17,505 reviews
Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into a new year and a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving.

Desperate to prove his new found maturity, which only going up a grade can bring, Greg is happy to have his not-quite-so-cool sidekick, Rowley, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg t
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Amulet Books (first published 2004)
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May 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
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 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: jf, graphic-novel
Jesus, what an asshole.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Clumsy Storyteller
This was so cute and funny, i laughed out loud many times even the comedy books that i have read didn't make me laugh this hard!

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

“The best person I know is Myself.”

Ha, Me too!! XD

“And if you don't spend every second outdoors, people think there's someting wrong with you.”

i know, Right?

Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
daph pink
2 *overrated , meh , whatever * stars!
Rachel Hartman
Nov 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
it was an awsome and very funny book it got the laughes right out of me
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comedy
The only thing I liked in this book was Greg's handwriting.
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Harini by: Ash
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.
Archit Ojha
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
My first Wimpy Kid and is surely not the last. Who knew this Wimpy Kid would be playing with my head for such a long time.

Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.

Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
I have been hearing so much about these books. I saw the first movie and it was very funny and smart. I even saw the float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and I decided, ok, I need to read this. I picked it up.

This is smartly told with some honesty. There are several times it is honest enough I don't really like Greg. He is telling it like it is. We want to be liked. This is about middle school, humanity in the raw. These years are ripe for humorous riffing.

I believe my favorite scene is
Teno Q.
Feb 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved reading it.
Reminded me a lot of my schooldays.
However, there's a lot difference from the Indian scenario. But this cute book has all the right tricks to keep you hooked👍
The sketches are really AWESOME!
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
Kenny Hernandez
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, teen, kids
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
Cristina Monica
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I never thought I'd be reading this book one day because, to be completely honest, I always thought it looked like a silly, childish series. Well, I was half right. It is silly. But so is everyone's middle grade years, no? We do such stupid things at that age. I wouldn't say it's childish, though, because the characters behave like real middle schoolers, so realistic would be a better word to describe it. I had fun with it, that's for sure. I don't have to question why it's so popular among youn ...more
Kira Simion
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really shouldn't be reading this at my age say some, but I can't help but enjoy younger novels from time to time. It's fun to just sit back and read something you don't have to think about, but still be able to enjoy.

Thanks author. Appreciate that.
I guess I did end up finding Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid at least somewhat and marginally entertaining, but I honestly do not think that I am all that much interested in continuing with the series. For I am simply not that enamoured of graphic novels as a genre, and thus, while I have indeed enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid to a certain extent, I cannot say that I was ever anything but very very mildly amused and interested at best, and have certainly found the lack of descriptive text, the a ...more
Parissa Ahmadi
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
If I wanna say sth about this I will say this is so funny and written in a gentle way.
I recommend this book to those who are getting to learn English well.
May 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
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!

[Shai] Bibliophage
I've read the first five book in this graphic novel series way back then and I re-read them now so I can finally write a review. This series is one of my favorite because of how hilariously the experiences of Greg in middle school, neighbors and with his family were written. I can't speak for others but I could only guess that whoever dislikes this has no funny bone in them.
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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'.

Other books in the series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • 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)
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