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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on April 1, 2007 by Amulet Books
ISBN-10: 0810993139
ISBN-13: 9780810993136
989 Book Reviews
  • zilonady-164157237638
    good book\
    • colts10
      colts106 months55 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_lover6 months55 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
          zice9 months
          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.
          • bloxburgboy
            bloxburgboy10 months55 stars
            It is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.
            • adroit_avimimus
              adroit_avimimus10 months44 stars
              When I told my friend I was reading 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid', she said only one thing "What are you... 12"? If enjoying reading this book makes me 12, so be it. I liked this book. Its funny, a very quick read, unique and very cute. Worth a read for anyone who has a child living inside them. I seldom give five-star ratings, but I feel the need to balance some of the negative reviews. First of all, this book is intended for slightly older readers--say, 9 and up. Second, anyone looking for profound wisdom will be disappointed. It's just a funny book, a very funny book. I'm not sure I'd go as far as to call is a graphic novel, either. The doodly illustrations enhance the "story" (such as it is), but they don't tell it. This book doesn't tackle any issues, nor does it try to make the reader a better person; it's just fun. My first Wimpy Kid and is surely not the last. Who knew this Wimpy Kid would be playing with my head for such a long time. I believe my favorite scene is the play of the Wizard of Oz. That was so funny. I'm glad I gave this beloved novel a read. It was worth it.
              • sprizz
                sprizz11 months55 starsFeatured
                I have read the series multiple times, and my mom was always mad about it. I don';t know why, but Jeff Kinney had m hooked on from the first page. That is not something that happens a lot with me. I have to read a few pages and then I decide whether I want to read the book or not. So this is probably one of the many books that would be my go-to if I didn't have any other books to read. If you don't know what this book is about, it is about a kid that is in middle school. He has weird people in his h=neighborhood and school. He wants to to do grown-up stuff and all the things his parents do. But when he tries, he finds out how hard it is. It shows his emotions about school, at his home, and a bunch of other stuff many kids have to deal with. I don't know how, but Jeff Kinney mixed comedy with actual life o well, you would actually think he was writing this books when he was a child. Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars. Well done, Jeff!
                • adey
                  adey11 months55 stars
                  It s a good story i have the book at home
                  • adey
                    adey11 months55 stars
                    It's a good story I like it I have book at home
                    • kaitlyn0802
                      kaitlyn080212 months55 stars
                      It is about Greg’s life and it was fun