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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141324902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141324906
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (Sun)

Kinney is right up there with JK Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet (Independent)

Hilarious! (Sunday Telegraph)

The most hotly anticipated children's book of the year is here - Diary of a Wimpy Kid (The Big Issue)

About the Author

As well as being an international bestselling author, Jeff Kinney is also an online developer and designer. He is the creator of the children's virtual world, poptropica. He was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2009. He lives with his family in Massachusetts, USA.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on 11 April 2012
Format: Paperback
its a very good book with hilaurious illistrations even though its quite easy to read and i finished it very quickly!i rate it 5 stars and i also think its suitiable for 9 to 11 year olds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 16 May 2014
Format: Paperback
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1" by Jeff Kinney was previously published as online comic becoming very popular and due to that deserved its release in classic novel edition.

The comic book main character is called Greg Heffley, who is a 6th grade student that wants to become popular, as most boys his age want too.
He lives in an almost normal family together with his parents and two, one small whiny and second big heavy metal fan, brothers.
His best friend is Rowley, who is of same age with annoying parents who are trying to protect him from everything.

Being usual victim of older boys, Greg seems to find himself always at the wrong places and due to his constant desire to be popular and cool he will do numerous things like engage in body building that looks silly due to his thin appearance, he will try to enter Guinness Book due to building biggest snowman ever or creating his version of haunted house...

Unfortunately, the only thing he managed to do successfully so far is acting as guard for kindergarten children while they're going home during lunch.
Although it isn't necessarily a bad thing because it allows you to get free chocolate and not to be on the whole math class...

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is good book if you are middle grade kid or parent to one (or more) because all the events you'll encounter inside will seem familiar.

Greg is having typical problems for teenage years due to which is easy for reader to identify with him.
He's having problems with older brother who mistreats him, due to little one he is always guilty for something, his parents always something forbid for him, and girls do not perceive him at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lea on 3 Aug. 2012
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I bought this for my nephew who is 10 and he loved it. It's difficult to engage my nephew as he has Aspergers condition but he was captured by this book due to all the funny illustrations on each page. Even I found it funny when I was flicking through some pages of this book in Asda when deciding to buy from Amazon for a better deal! ha ha
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2008
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If you haven't had a good laugh lately, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is your source for timeless humor.

There's a particular goofiness about boys in middle school that drives parents crazy but has to delight when considered from a distance such as through reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Jeff Kinney captured that goofiness with a tongue-in-cheek irreverence that will amuse anyone reading this book.

This is a graphic novel, but not the slick sort that you see from Japan. Instead, Mr. Kinney imitates the style that a middle school boy with good printing skills might use in displaying this simulated diary in the form of Greg Heffley's journal.

Greg is a middle child as well as a middle schooler. His older brother Rodrick can't be bothered with Greg except when the temptation to torture occurs to Rodrick. His younger brother Manny is the apple of his parents' eyes and is spoiled rotten.

Greg has a few, simple needs to satisfy: Avoiding touching the cheese that's been on blacktop since the prior spring, not getting beaten up by bigger kids, playing his favorite video games (which his parents don't approve of), avoiding embarrassment, and getting credit for doing something right. Parents, teachers, fellow students, and fate conspire to thwart Greg. But Greg has one ace in the hole . . . his friend Rowley is even more of a loser than Greg is. And Greg exploits Rowley for all he's worth. The gags are often based on the results not turning out as Greg anticipated.

The book has many funny parts that will have you laughing out loud. Occasionally, Mr. Kinney goes over the top and employs too much self-satire. But the story is quickly rescued by going back into straight satire.

I derived special pleasure from the book by recounting the adventures of one of my sons and his best friend at this same age. That gave me many more things to laugh about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kath979 on 18 Jan. 2012
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usually i don't like reading and when i read a book i wont to finish it straight away but with this book i don't want to read it to fast i want it to last forever and i am 11
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By JRW on 21 July 2008
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i bought this book for my seven year old son, and decided to read a bit on the train home..... i would like to think of lots of clever things to say, but this book is just really funny. My son loved it too, and actually asked me if he could read for a bit longer! The comic style illustrations are also great fun. I recommend this book to anyone aged anything!
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By S on 15 Jan. 2011
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After reading Happyface and The Raven's Gate I found myself looking forward to reading my next illustrated novel - Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I'd been hearing a lot about this series but hadn't ever gotten around to reading them so I thought I'd give the first installment a whirl.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a fun, simple read that will leave you feeling happy and fulfilled, with no worry that the protagonist's heart will be broken being repair/they will remain a vampire/werewolf/other paranormal being forever with no hope of ever falling in love. No, no - none of that here. Just the trials and tribulations of a young boy trying to get through school without too many dramas - but don't even think about calling this book a diary, it's a journal, okay?

Greg is a loveable character from the outset of the story, where he has a rant about the fact this is NOT a diary but a manly journal that he will give out to journalists when he's rich and famous, instead of having to conduct interviews.

One of the great things about Greg is that he's well aware he's a bit of a loser and, although he's not comfortable with this position, he accepts that he's low down on the social hierarchy. However, this year he decides that he will be a loser no more and goes on a quest to get into the yearbook as `class clown', so he will be forever immortalised as a cool kid.

Unfortunately for Greg and his best friend Rowley, nothing they do seems to go to plan, which makes for hilarious writing and illustrations for us to enjoy. I think maybe my favourite mishap was the Trick or Treating escapade - but let's not forget the horror of the Cheese Touch, which I hope will be back in the next books!
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