Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid  
Diary of a wimpy kid.jpg
Cover of first edition of the book
Author(s) Jeff Kinney
Illustrator Jeff Kinney
Cover artist Jeff Kinney and Chad W. Beckerman
Country United States
Language English
Series Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Genre(s) Realistic fiction, comedy
Publisher Amulet Books[2]
Publication date April 1, 2007 [1]
Media type Print (paperback, hardcover)
Pages 217
ISBN ISBN 978-0-1433-0383-1[2]
Followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a realistic fiction novel by Jeff Kinney. It is the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book is about a middle-school child named Greg Heffley and his struggles in middle school.[3] The books focuses on Greg's life as he enters middle school and faces many hardships with his family. [4]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid first appeared on FunBrain.com in 2004. The online book was read 20 million times.[2]. The hardcover was released on April 1st 2007.[1] Diary of a Wimpy Kid was named New York Times bestseller among awards and praise. A film of the same name was released on March 19, 2010. The sequel is Rodrick Rules[5]



The book opens with Greg Heffley saying how embarrassing it is to be having a journal with "diary" on the front and that when someone sees him with it will call him a "sissy".[3] Greg also goes to mention that one day he will become rich and famous but for now he is "stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons".

Greg faces too many hardships, including Halloween. As Greg and Rowley go Trick-or-Treating, they anger some teenagers who chase them. They barely escape but manage to get to Greg's grandma's house, the teenagers see them inside and so Greg and Rowley taunt them. Not all goes to plan though and when they get home and Greg's dad, who was hassled by kids, throws water at them and the water soaks their candy.

The Wizard of Oz play[6] is also a hardship for Greg, Patty Farell, who plays Dorothy, is coming on stage, and since Greg is a Tree, he thinks he can throw apples at her, but the director takes it out for health and safety. Mrs. Norton, the music director, tries to make the Trees sing an embarrassing song, but on the night nobody sings out of fear and the play is ruined.[7]

Greg and Rowley's friendship is starting to fall apart. Greg invents a game where one person would throw a football to make the other fall off the Big Wheel, A gift Rowley got for Christmas, however when Rowley falls off ,he breaks his arm. Greg is jealous of the attention Rowley is getting. Rowley is also framed for scaring kindergardeners, when it was Greg wearing Rowley's hat. When Greg confesses, Greg is kicked out, and Rowley is promoted. Rowley also declares himself the owner of a comic strip, Zoo-Wee-Mama, that was created by Greg and Rowley, but Greg drops out to make his own comic strip. The two stop being friends.[3]

Greg and Rowley get into a fight at the blacktop, when the teenagers from Halloween come, and grab Greg and Rowley. They make Rowley eat the cheese, and are to make Greg do it too, but Greg finds a way out. The students however notice the cheese is gone. Greg, being a good friend to Rowley, lies and says he threw it away, but this gives Greg the Cheese Touch. Greg and Rowley becomes friends again, and Greg begins to see the good advantages of having the Cheese Touch.[3]



Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the first book in a six book franchise. The sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was released February 1, 2008, and has been on the sellers list for 117 weeks (peaking at number 4).[5] Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw was released January 13, 2009, has been on the list for 65 weeks (peaking at number 1).[8] Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was released October 13, 2009. The book was peaking at #1 for all 25 weeks of publication, making Dog Days the #1 Best Selling Book of 2009. [9] Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth was released November 9, 2010.[10] The sixth book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever was released November 15, 2011.[11]

Development and reception

According to an author interview, Jeff Kinney said the idea of Wimpy Kid came from "I wanted to write a story about the funny parts of growing up, and none of the serious parts. I had a pretty ordinary childhood, but lots of humorus stuff happened along the way. So, I decided to write a book about what it was really like to be a kid, or at least what it was like for me."[12]

Kinney signs copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid during a personal appearance at the booth of publisher Harry Abrams during the 2009 New York Comic Con

Wimpy Kid has sold in its top 150, peaking at number 8, for 141 weeks as of April 4, 2010.[9]


Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Thor Freudenthal and based on Jeff Kinney's book of the same name.[13][14][15] The film was released on March 19, 2010. It was released on DVD, iTunes, and Blu-ray on August 3, 2010. [16]The movie stars Zachary Gordon as Greg, Robert Capron as Rowley, Steve Zahn as Greg's father, Rachael Harris as Greg's mother, Devon Bostick as Rodrick, Chloë Moretz as a new character named Angie, and Connor and Owen Fielding as Manny. The film was released on March 19, 2010.[17]


  1. ^ a b The Book is in Stores, April 1, 2007
  2. ^ a b c "Diary of A Wimpy Kid details". Amulet Books. 2007-04-13. http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid-9780810993136.html. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Amulet Books. ISBN 0810993139. 
  4. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney ::: About the Books". Wimpykid.com. 2007-12-13. http://www.wimpykid.com/. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  5. ^ a b Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Amulet Books. ISBN 0810993139. 
  6. ^ "The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale". http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/oz/. 
  7. ^ "Coming Up In Parade, In Newspapers Sunday". Parade.com. 2011-03-20. http://www.parade.com/news/2011/03/20-table-of-contents.html. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  8. ^ Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series). Amulet Books. 
  9. ^ a b Dixler, Elsa. "The New York Times Best Sellers: Children's Books". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/books/bestseller/bestchildren.html. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series). Amulet Books. 
  11. ^ Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid:Cabin Fever. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series). Amulet Books. 
  12. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney ::: Author Interview". Wimpykid.com. 2007-12-13. http://www.wimpykid.com/. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  13. ^ Breznican, Anthony (September 29, 2009). "First Look: 'Wimpy Kid' actor embraces being 'a likable jerk'". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2009-09-28-first-look-wimpy-kid_N.htm. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (August 3, 2009). "Steve Zahn to star in 'Wimpy Kid'". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118006840.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  15. ^ McCarron, Heather (October 12, 2009). "Nothing 'Wimpy' about local author's success". Milford Daily News. http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x2118273676/Nothing-Wimpy-about-local-authors-success. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie main page". 20th Century Fox. Jeff Kinney. http://diaryofawimpykidmovie.com. Retrieved November 4,2011. 
  17. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=diaryofawimpykid.htm. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 

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