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.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cover


By Jeff Kinney 

  • Original Graphic Novel 
  • Publisher : Amulet Books 
  • Release : 4/1/2007
  • Softcover : 224 pages
  • Dimensions : 5.8″ x 8.3″
  • Reading Age : 8 – 12+ years
  • Lexile Score: 950L
  • MSRP: $14.99

It All Started Here

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is one of my favorite book series. I researched that when Jeff Kinney was young, he was inspired by the books of Judy Blume (Freckle Juice), Beverly Clearly (The Mouse and the Motorcycle), and J.R.R Tolkien (who created the Lord of the Rings books).

The first book starts out with a middle school kid named Greg. He is having a hard time with school, friends, and even family. To start with Greg wasn’t a very good friend. I think he could treat people better. What I like about Diary of a Wimpy Kid is that it is funny. My favorite scene is when Greg touches the cheese because it shows us to put friends first and the importance of friendship. I like how the art style because it looks like its from a cartoon or animation. I really like Greg because he is a lot like me. He likes comics and video games. He seems to get in a lot of trouble.

Check out my short YouTube Video here:

Check out the official trailer for the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid cartoon on Disney+:

Check out this interview with Jeff Kinney from his YouTube channel:

In conclusion:

This is the book that started it all and is one of my favorites. I give it 9.5 out of 10. The only books I like more in the series are Meltdown, Deep End, and the Getaway. I like the small hardcover format of the books and that the corners aren’t sharp. $8 is a good price if you can find it. Normal price is $14.99.

Review by:

Hank Kelley

Hank Kelley

I like to read, draw. and play video games. My mom is my favorite person. I love my cat. I want a dog. I "almost" kissed a girl once.

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