Thursday, April 24, 2014

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

389627From Goodreads:    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.

My Thoughts:

-    Very funny and unique book. It isn't quite a graphic novel, but it isn't a regular book either. 

-    I really like how visual this book is. I like the fun font on lined paper, so it actually looks like Greg's journal. 

-    The whole cheese touch thing cracked me up. I was pretty grossed out about what happened to Rowley and the cheese. 

-    The illustrations really add to the story. They are funny yet simple. I can believe a 12 year old boy drew all those funny pictures. 

-    Greg is such a typical adolescent boy trying to look cool in school. I like his childlike logic. it is so simple and it makes sense, but I know it isn't right.

-    I love how Greg ruined the school play! So funny! 

-    Greg is a bit of jerk. He pulls all sorts of stuff on his friend Rowley and his little brother. His mean shenanigans are hilarious though. 


  1. I absolutely loved this book when I was a little kid, Kami! :D I used to read it a lot when I was in the second grade, but now that I'm in my freshman year in high school, I kind of lost interest in it. I liked how unpopular and hilarious Greg was because he showed a lot of things that were more embarrassing than my experiences (which makes me feel a lot better haha!)

    This was technically my favorite childhood book :>
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  2. I love the illustrations in this book!! It at to the humor. I do think the books are a little too young for me so I didn't continue in the series. Though I think there is a zombie spinoff now!

  3. I'm pretty sure I saw the movie of this and thought it was cute. I never did check out the book, though. Maybe I should. I love stories that have illustrations mixed in with the text.