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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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  • hardcorekitty
    hardcorekittyMonday, June 24, 2019 at 7:46 pm44 stars
    Its a nice book to start in the first few days of summer its a good book hope you love it happy reading!
    • alvoed123Monday, June 24, 2019 at 4:56 pm
      wow i can't wait ive been waiting for this for a long time you guys know i think i was the first one to find out.
      • noahmrich
        noahmrichSunday, June 23, 2019 at 7:12 pm
        This is a book about Greg Heffley who is a middle school aged boy who writes about his life in his diary. I recommend this book because it was very funny.
        • lawalex
          lawalexWednesday, June 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm55 stars
          In this cool start of the Wimpy Kid series, Greg writes in his JOURNAL (Not diary!!!) about Gregs experiences in middle school. Join Greg on a wacky journey through the dreaded years of middle school. :)
          • jihcooky
            jihcookyTuesday, June 18, 2019 at 12:57 pm55 stars
            If you haven’t read this book, read it before anything else! Jeff Kinney does an amazing job of telling what it’s like to be a middle schooler in the form of a diary. This book talks about Gregory Heffley and everything that has happened in his middle school days.For example, he talks about how his friend Rowley, can sometimes be embarrassing. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read it. 10-10.
            • hunterdad64
              hunterdad64Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 8:54 am55 stars
              I love this book, it's like an autobiography but funnier . I like this book because there is a series and it takes time to read.
              • cyrusmilo
                cyrusmiloMonday, June 10, 2019 at 10:04 pm55 stars
                Where it all starts and still my favorite.
                • catabc
                  catabcMonday, June 10, 2019 at 5:56 pm55 stars
                  It's really funny Cool
                  • wolfiewizard
                    wolfiewizardMonday, June 10, 2019 at 2:36 pm55 stars
                    This book was FANTASTIC! It was a beginning to the Diary of a wimpy kid series. It was funny, and surprising. It was like you where Greg Heffley. When you read this book, it takes you to the point of view of Greg Heffley on the first days of Middle school. You should read this!
                    • sjsj
                      sjsjWednesday, June 5, 2019 at 9:34 am44 stars
                      I truly loved this book. I like how the cheese touch scares everybody, and it is heard around the whole school. Also, if you have not read this book, read it now!