Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 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, 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
Published on June 21, 2011 by Books Events - Special Repackaged Edition
ISBN-10: 1780810296
ISBN-13: 9781780810294
984 Book Reviews
  • rosemary_books
    rosemary_books16 days55 stars
    This book is awesome! The whole series is about the misadventures of the average middle schooler, Greg Heffley. Between Jeff Kinney's wonderful writing skills, simple but interesting art, and relatable situations, this book is amazing! I highly recommend it.
    • grayfox567
      grayfox5674 months33 stars
      It pretty good!!!!!!
      • greenrangergavi
        greenrangergavi5 months55 stars
        I liked the cheese touch
        • taylorwc
          taylorwc11 months55 stars
          Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • newsreader277
            newsreader277about 1 year55 stars
            So funny and perfectly imitates a middle school boy in a very funny way
            • soft_princess
              soft_princessabout 1 year55 stars
              The diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney is a hilarious series, the book is simple yet the illustrations are so cute and cool. You should read this book!
              • zilonady-164157237638
                good book\
                • colts10
                  colts10about 1 year55 stars
                  I read this book because I love the diary the diary of a wimpy kid books. If you love the diary of a wimpy kid books you will love this book.
                  • bird_lover
                    bird_loverabout 1 year55 stars
                    While the Diary of a Wimpy books are easy reads -- they are also super HILARIOUS! I have read these books for years and never gotten tired of them! I started reading these in 2nd grade and recommend them for anyone in that grade or above! After you start reading you can't stop reading (and laughing)!
                    • zice
                      ziceover 1 year
                      This book is amazing. In this book, a HUGE cat is looking for prey. It needs food for the winter or it will die. It goes after bird and his best friend squirrel. They have to run away from the HUGE cat or they will die. They go from scary moments to enjoying moment. But overall, I would love for you to read this book. This book also inspired me to read about scary moments. Really because I hate scary things. The theme is never be a bully because it was chasing them for a wile. If you love scary moments, you should read this book.