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Boys don’t keep diariesย—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, ย“Just don’t expect me to be all ย‘Dear Diary’ this and ย‘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
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  • buzzkill
    buzzkillSunday, July 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm55 stars
    I Love it so so soo so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    • Ella bella Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 8:32 am
      I loved this movie because it is so relatable to me I get bullied a lot but I don't think it is good to be ok to get bullied because you are nice and good it just makes me feel like no one likes me when someone and me get bullied I stand up for every one not bullies
      • bookfan2008
        bookfan2008Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 6:22 am55 stars
        Amazing! Very good and supper intresting!!
        • helacruela
          helacruelaSunday, June 28, 2020 at 7:35 am55 stars
          This book is about a kid named Greg. Greg is a kid who's in a rush to grow up. He's a kid who wants to get to that next level. He wants his bedtime to be later. He wants a cell phone. He wants to be able to see that PG-13 movie instead of PG and he doesn't realize what a good thing childhood is. Greg also has a friend named Rowley, And Rowley's job is to make Greg's life more and more Embarrassing! Greg is a lot like me because he wishes to be older. My mom always says "Enjoy childhood while you can!", But i think being older would be really cool. i love the series and this book will help me get through middle school. Rodrick is my favorite character, He is really funny and loves pulling pranks on his little brother, Greg. Manny on the other hand is super funny and creative. Manny is Greg's little brother, and Manny gets on Greg's nerves sometimes, just like my little brother named Ian. I am a little bit like Rodrick because i am the oldest, and i have the longest hair of the boys in my family. Frank is Greg's father. He wants Greg to play outside more, And Susan is Greg's mother. She is nice, but does not know very much about things that Greg and Rodrick like, and she wants to get them to read more. I really recommend this book to anybody who likes books that are funny, or anybody who is going to Middle school.
          • swirlycool
            swirlycoolTuesday, June 2, 2020 at 1:31 pm55 stars
            ''Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving.''- This book is the start of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It introduces you to Gregory (Greg) Heffley, his family, and his best friend, Rowley. Greg's mom buys him a journal, so he turns it into his diary where he explains his daily troubles, ranging from his problems at school, to troubles at his house. This book is hilarious, and I recommend it to people who enjoy the Dork Diaries series, and also enjoy other books written by Jeff Kinney. I rate it 5/5. I recommend it to elementary and middle schoolers.
            • girlpower4ever
              girlpower4everMonday, June 1, 2020 at 3:28 pm55 stars
              Greg Heffley is just another tweenage boy entering middle school. He's the middle child of a classical family and is the best friend to a slightly clueless Rowley Jefferson. Greg's not a jock, or a nerd, or a geek - more like "that boy" in class. You know what I'm talking about. Despite being "the average American," though, Greg sees himself as something special. His egotistical nuances about the little things in life will make anyone's day. A perfect book for those entering the "awkward years" or simply want to relax their mind, the classic diary entry is reinvented in the mind of Greg Heffley.
              • swirlycool
                swirlycoolFriday, May 29, 2020 at 4:34 pm55 stars
                ''Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving.''- This book is the start of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It introduces you to Gregory (Greg) Heffley, his family, and his best friend, Rowley. Greg's mom buys him a journal, so he turns it into his diary where he explains his daily troubles, ranging from his problems at school, to troubles at his house. This book is hilarious, and I recommend it to people who enjoy the Dork Diaries series, and also enjoy other books written by Jeff Kinney. I rate it 5/5. I recommend it to elementary and middle schoolers.
                • armaniexpress
                  armaniexpressWednesday, May 27, 2020 at 8:31 am55 stars
                  very good book i like the cheese part it was very hilarious i very much recommend the book because it will give you a laugh
                  • t-nice
                    t-niceSunday, May 24, 2020 at 6:36 am
                    I want to read it and I want to see the movie
                    • t-nice
                      t-niceSunday, May 24, 2020 at 6:34 am
                      It looks cool