What is Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

The Wimpy Kid series is written by Jeff Kinney, who is also the creator of the online game Poptropica. There is also a movie which I have not yet watched, but I wish to do so someday.

Wimpy Kid Book List

The series consists of 8 books.

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  2. Rodrick Rules
  3. The Last Straw
  4. Dog Days
  5. The Ugly Truth
  6. Cabin Fever
  7. Do-It-Yourself Book
  8. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary

Basically, the whole series is about a boy named Gregory Heffley writing in his journal. The Do-It-Yourself book is for readers to do some activities in the book, and the Wimpy Kid Movie Diary book is about some behind-the-scenes of the movie.

Greg calls his diary a journal but his mother bought him a book that said ‘Diary’ on the cover, so he is stuck with it. He writes mostly about his middle school life.

I have read most of the books in the series. In this article, I will review my top 3 favourite ones and the Do-It-Yourself Book.

My Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Reviews

Review of Book 1

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
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In this book, Greg writes about his time in middle school, his entry starting from September to June. He also writes about his friends and his family, and how his parents show favouritism to his little brother Manny. At the beginning of the book, Gregory cleared things up about the book being a journal and not a diary. He said that he told his mother to buy a book that did not get the word 'Diary' on the cover. He also said that the idea of writing in a diary was his mother's idea, and he only agreed because he thought that it would help him save time by giving these books to people who ask him questions when he becomes famous in the future.

What I disliked about this book is that the last part was disgusting to me. It was mentioned that a cheese that fell from someone's sandwich had been on the basketball court for months with mould growing on it, and due to some incident on Halloween, Greg and his best friend angered a couple of teenagers. The teenagers got their revenge by forcing Greg's best friend to eat the cheese. Greg managed to avoid eating the cheese due to his quick talking.

What I like about the whole book is it had humorous parts in between. I also liked the ending, which was that Greg's schoolmates were wondering what happened to the mouldy cheese. Instead of telling his schoolmates the actual incident, Greg made a cover-up story about how he was the one who got rid of the cheese. His best friend was grateful that he did not tell everyone that he ate the cheese, and their friendship grew a bit stronger.

Review of Book 7, The Third Wheel

The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)
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In this book, Greg wrote about how he regretted not keeping a journal earlier. He wrote about his life before he was born and how enjoyable it was, and he compared it to his current life which is not as enjoyable as it was before he was born. He mainly wrote about his uncle, his school life and his experience of the school's Valentine's Day Dance.

A funny part of the book that I liked was when Rowley tried to be Greg's wingman for him and vice versa to get a girl to the dance, but it wasn't really working out. My favourite part was when Greg's family went to a restaurant called Corny's and it had a rule about not wearing ties to the restaurant. Greg's father had to learn about that rule the hard way when one of the waiters cut off his tie and pinned it onto the wall of shame.

The diary entries link to each other in one way or another, so I feel that the book's content was organised.

Review of Book 3, The Last Straw

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3)
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In this book, Greg writes about his family's New Year's Resolutions, his school life and how he nearly got sent to a military academy. Greg's neighbourhood had the worst teenager named Lenwood Heath, and Greg's dad called the police on him a lot of times for being disruptive. Lenwood was sent to a military academy and when he came back he was a completely different person. He impressed Greg's dad and he wanted to send Greg to the same military academy. However, a last-minute incident changed his mind and he decided not to send Greg to the military academy.

What I found hilarious about this book is that during Greg, his brother and his father's camping trip, Greg fell for his brother's trick and he was pushed out of the room by him. Unfortunately for Greg, he was only in his underwear when he was pushed out and he had to hide behind the drinks and snacks vending machine while waiting for his father to arrive, since he knew his father loved junk food. This book, like all the other Wimpy Kid books, has lots of entertaining parts. I also loved how the diary entries all link together in one way or another, like upcoming events that Greg wrote about in the earlier parts of the book occurs in the later part of the book.

The Do-It-Yourself Book

The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (revised and expanded edition) (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
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This book allows you to write about your life just like what Greg does. It also allows you to write things such as what would you bring with you if you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life, and have you ever done certain things in your life. You get to take a personality test, make your own 3-4 strip comics, play a game to 'predict your future' and many other enjoyable activities. There are also comics written by the characters of the Wimpy Kid series provided!

I wrote some things on the book when I was younger and I left it unfinished. It was fun to read back and see what I was like when I was younger.