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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
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Cover of the first edition of the book
AuthorJeff Kinney
IllustratorJeff Kinney
Cover artist
  • Jeff Kinney
  • Chad W. Beckerman
CountryUnited States
SeriesDiary of a Wimpy Kid
GenreComedy, young adult fiction
PublisherAmulet Books[1]
Publication date
April 1, 2007[2]
Media typePrint (paperback, hardcover)
ISBN978-0-14-330383-1 [1]
Followed byDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a satirical realistic fiction comedy novel for children and teenagers written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. It is the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book is about a boy named Greg Heffley and his struggles to fit in as he begins middle school.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid first appeared on FunBrain in 2004, where it was read 20 million times.[1] The abridged hardcover adaptation was released on April 1, 2007.[2] The book was named a New York Times bestseller, among other awards and praise. A film of the same name was released on March 19, 2010. The sequel to the film is Rodrick Rules, followed by Dog Days and The Long Haul.


As Greg Heffley is getting ready for his first day of middle school, he is teased by his teenage brother Rodrick, because his mom bought him his supplies for school. He has a little brother, a toddler named Manny, who is "spoiled rotten" because he gets everything he wants and also gets away with everything he does wrong. His father, named Frank Heffley, does not encourage Greg's way of life - playing video games all day - rather than going outside and playing sports.

During the first day of school, Greg is immediately rejected and is forced to sit with another outcast named Fregley, from whom Greg tries to keep "a safe distance". He is initially unsure whether his best friend Rowley Jefferson will be able to fit in, as he considers Rowley to be immature. However, Greg strongly believes that he can become popular. He and Rowley decide to take part in wrestling at school, although Greg quits after losing a match against Fregley.

On Halloween, Greg and Rowley go trick-or-treating, but are challenged by teens who spray Greg and Rowley with a water-filled fire extinguisher. Greg tries to threaten them by saying he's going to call the police, but the teenagers start to chase them. The two friends escape and go to Greg's grandmother's house until the teens leave.

After getting few presents for Christmas, Greg decides to play a game with Rowley in which Rowley must ride a bike while Greg tries to knock him off. On one of Greg's tries, the ball gets under the front wheel, which causes Rowley to fall off and break his arm. When Rowley goes to school with a plaster cast, the girls take care of him (carrying his books, feeding him food) which makes Greg jealous. After Rowley's arm heals, he and Greg decide to enroll in the safety patrol program in which they walk younger kids to their homes.

One day, as Greg is walking the kids by himself he chases the young children after scaring them with a stick with worms on it. A neighbour contacts the school and tells them about Greg's unusual behavior. The principal suspects Rowley, as Greg was wearing Rowley's jacket. Rowley is suspended from the safety patrol. Greg later decides to confess the truth, but Rowley has already informed on him, resulting in their friendship breaking off.

Greg tries to befriend Fregley to make Rowley jealous, although he is uncomfortable around Fregley. Resorting to auditioning for the school play (based on The Wizard of Oz) Greg lands the role as a tree, while Patty Farrel is cast as Dorothy, the protagonist of the novel. During the show's opening performance, Rodrick brings a camera to film the play. Greg becomes too nervous to sing, confusing the other "trees" who also fail to sing. Patty gets frustrated and angers Greg, who throws props at Patty, and then everyone gets in the fight, ending the play in chaos.

Feeling desolate from being blatantly rejected by everyone, Greg is surprised and a little happy to see Rowley approaching him at recess, until, he discovers that he's only there to demand back a CD he'd left with Greg. They get into an awkward fist-fight. While they are fighting, the teens who chased them at halloween are drawn to the chaos crowding around Greg and Rowley tumbling around in the dirt. When the leader of the teen gang scares away the rest of the students, they force Greg and Rowley to eat a moldy piece of cheese that has been left on the school grounds for years. Rowley is the first to eat the cheese - except when it comes to Greg's turn, he claims that he's lactose intolerant and that eating cheese will kill him. The principal turns up and the teens disappear. The other students see the cheese in front of Rowley and believe he has eaten from it. Greg takes the blame and claims he ate the cheese. Greg and Rowley mend their friendship.


Cropped screenshot of the online version

In 2004, FunBrain and Jeff Kinney released an online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The website made daily entries until June 2005.[3] The book became an instant hit and the online version had received about 20 million views as of 2007.[1] Many online readers requested a printed version. At the 2006 New York Comic-Con Kinney proposed Diary to Charles Kochman, Editorial Director of the ComicArts division of Abrams Books, who purchased the rights to the book. According to Kochman, the two initially conceived it as a book for adults, believing it would appeal to audiences similar to that of the TV series The Wonder Years. Kochman brought it before the Abrams publishing board, which convinced Kinney and Kochman that it would be better aimed toward children.[4][5] In 2007, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, an abridged version of the original online book, was published.[citation needed]


Gregory Heffley

The main character, Greg, has trouble with family, friends, and his local middle school. He is very concerned about how popular he is at school, and he daydreams a lot about being rich and famous when he grows up. He tries to fit in at his school, but usually he does not succeed. Facing many challenges, Greg attempts to handle them very creatively, but unfortunately his antics often backfire on him.

Rowley Jefferson

Greg's best friend has a larger than average frame. He is always willing to do what Greg tells him, including dangerous stunts. Rowley goes on vacations all the time, which annoys Greg. Rowley is a loyal friend, but he sometimes behaves in an immature or childish manner. He also dresses in an unusual way.

Manny Heffley

Greg's "spoiled" little brother, a three-year-old toddler. He never gets in trouble no matter what, even when he really deserves it. Manny is just getting toilet trained.

Rodrick Heffley

Rodrick is Greg's teenage brother and he never misses a chance to be cruel to Greg. He is known for sleeping excessively in the morning and for his rebellious attitude. Rodrick is part of a basement band (garage band in the movies) called "Löded Diper". Rodrick will do anything to embarrass Greg and will even cause problems for Manny to make everyone's life miserable.


Author and illustrator Jeff Kinney signs copies of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid in 2009.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the first book in an ongoing franchise. The second, Rodrick Rules, was released February 1, 2008, and was listed on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 117 weeks.[6] The Last Straw, the third book in the series, released on January 13, 2009 was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 65 weeks, peaking at number one.[7] Dog Days, which was released in October 12, 2009, was ranked at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers List for all 25 weeks of inclusion, making it the #1 best selling book of 2009.[8] The Ugly Truth was released in November 9, 2010.[9] The sixth book, Cabin Fever, was released November 15, 2011.[10] The seventh book, The Third Wheel, was released on November 13, 2012. The eighth book, Hard Luck, was released on November 5, 2013, in the United States and on November 6 in the United Kingdom. The ninth book, The Long Haul, was released on November 4, 2014, in the US and November 5, 2014, in the UK. The tenth book, Old School, was released globally on November 3, 2015.[11] The eleventh book, Double Down, was published on November 1, 2016. The twelfth book, The Getaway, was published on November 7, 2017, followed by the thirteenth, The Meltdown, on October 30, 2018.


The book won the Blue Peter Book Award 2012, revealed live on British kids channel CBBC on March 1, 2012.[12]


Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a 2010 American comedy directed by Thor Freudenthal and based on Jeff Kinney's book.[13][14][15] The film was released on March 19, 2010.[16] It was released on DVD, iTunes, and Blu-ray on August 3, 2010.[17] The movie stars Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley, Robert Capron as Rowley Jefferson, Steve Zahn as Frank Heffley (Dad), Rachael Harris as Susan Heffley (Mom), Devon Bostick as Rodrick Heffley, Chloë Grace Moretz as Angie Steadman, and Connor & Owen Fielding as Manny Heffley, Greg's brother.


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  2. ^ a b Kinney, Jeff (April 1, 2007). Diary of a wimpy kid (Hardcover ed.). New York: Amulet Books. ISBN 978-0810993136.
  3. ^ Kinney, Patrick; HQ, Who (2015-08-18). Who Is Jeff Kinney?. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-399-53970-1.
  4. ^ Vorce, Kristin (August 11, 2011). "Abrams Books: Making Publishing an Art" Archived 2013-10-23 at the Wayback Machine.. NYU Pub Posts.
  5. ^ Thomases, Martha (September 7, 2008). "Interview: Harry N. Abrams’ Charles Kochman" Archived 2013-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.. ComicMix.
  6. ^ Kinney, Jeff (February 2008). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Amulet Books. ISBN 0-8109-9313-9.
  7. ^ Kinney, Jeff (January 2009). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Amulet Books.
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  10. ^ Kinney, Jeff (November 2011). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Amulet Books.
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  12. ^ "Blue Peter Book Awards 2012". BookTrust. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
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