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Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1

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Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10T5.219784
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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on April 1, 2007 by Amulet Books
ISBN-10: 0810993139
ISBN-13: 9780810993136
383 Book Reviews
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  • readfreak
    readfreakMonday, April 6, 2015 at 5:47 am22 stars
    OK...I just didn't like it. It was too goofy and half the things would never happen in real life. I'm in 6th grade and I just didn't find the humor funny.
    • toxictiger
      toxictigerMonday, April 6, 2015 at 5:05 am55 stars
      I think that this book is a very good one for the beginning. You can get how the main chararcter acts in the family, you know what he thinks, or even how. Eveen a the beginning you feel close to Greg Heffley, and this book makes it a highlight.
      • toxictiger
        toxictigerMonday, April 6, 2015 at 2:39 am55 stars
        This book is a very good one for the first book of the series. Already in the beginning of the book, you feel you also have something like the main character Greg Heffley. You also meet Greg´s character. Another reason for why this book as `Book 1´ is good, is that you directly know how Greg thinks. Also, you know how Greg acts in the family, so you basically know how his everyday life is.
        • EGM999Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9:48 pm
          I really liked this book because it was really funny
          • dogo770
            dogo770Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:26 pm
            this is the only book I haven't read in the diary of the wimpy kid series so if someone would let borrow it for 1 or 2 weeks that would be nice
            • edwinsky
              edwinskyFriday, March 20, 2015 at 6:16 am55 stars
              It s funny me like it
              • iamfbaby55
                iamfbaby55Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm
                i love these
                • dogo0656
                  dogo0656Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:07 am44 stars
                  This book is about Greg Heffley and his best friend Rowley Jefferson's first day of middle school. They realize at the end of the day, that getting along with other kids at the school, isn't the easiest thing...
                  • iamcanada
                    iamcanadaThursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:40 pm
                    i am in grade two but i still really enjoyed reading this even though it is not my reading level i enjoyed having it read to me.
                    • nana280
                      nana280Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 3:21 pm
                      Me too I agree
                    • wabbit
                      wabbitThursday, March 5, 2015 at 12:17 pm55 stars
                      this book was hilarious, i really enjoyed it and i recomend it to all ages.

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