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, 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, 217 pages
Published on April 9, 2009
ISBN-10: 1439582637
ISBN-13: 9781439582633
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  • demonheart
    demonheartFriday, January 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm44 stars
    This book is a good short run book to take a couple of these series on a trip with you and you will be busy reading it before you know it maybe even sooner!
    • fire_miner
      fire_minerThursday, January 18, 2018 at 2:24 pm55 stars
      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.
      • jizapukizy
        jizapukizyTuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:47 am55 stars
        this kid seems normal but his life has some twists with his friend rowley he tries to face all the challenges
        • orangey2011
          orangey2011Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm55 stars
          This is a cool book. Its about a wimpy kid and that is pretty much it. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is cool
          • jabokajisi
            jabokajisiThursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:57 am55 stars
            i love this book. it is very funny. if you like hummer or like to laugh you should read this book.
            • topycamymo
              topycamymoThursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:52 am55 stars
              This was a funny, silly, and crazy book! I recommend this book to well, anybody!!!
              • savageboy1031
                savageboy1031Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:51 am
                This book is one of the best books of in the series so far
                • punowokuha
                  punowokuhaThursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:43 am55 stars
                  for people who like long books with pictures I think you will love this.
                  • nepynidajy
                    nepynidajyThursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:40 am44 stars
                    I liked this book so much that I ended up finishing the whole series. It was really funny and I finished it quick because it was so good.
                    • batboy21
                      batboy21Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:20 am44 stars
                      Greg is a third the child , of in his family. is gets bullied by his big brother Rodrick and gets blamed by his little brother manny.