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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down cover.jpg
Number 11
Release date November 1, 2016
Author Jeff Kinney
Illustrator Jeff Kinney
Preceded by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
Succeeded by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down is the 11th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was released worldwide on November 1, 2016.

Main characters[edit]

Plot[edit]

Greg Heffley believes that his life is a TV show, and that his deceased Nana is watching him from Heaven. When a school book fair starts, he writes about how Susan, his mother, wants him to be more creative. Greg buys various trinkets, and Susan makes him return them and buy books, so he chooses the Spineticklers series. One book gives him a plan to freeze himself and be thawed out in a hundred years.

As Halloween approaches, Susan sends Rodrick to buy decorations, and he buys a noisy plastic witch that scares Greg. Greg then talks about the geese that have flocked to the neighborhood, and then his family's pet pig. Greg wants Halloween candy, so he joins the school's Balloon Brigade, the prize being a jar of candy corn. He then suspects that his Spineticklers books are giving him nightmares, and that adults are trying to get them banned.

Greg's balloon is received by Maddox Selsam, a teen who is not allowed to play video games and has bad social skills. Susan thinks Maddox is a good role model for Greg and sets them up on a playdate, ending with Maddox accusing Greg of having stolen a LEGO brick. After, Susan goes back to college to finish her master's degree. Greg turns in his balloon and gets the candy corn, which is eaten by the pig.

Susan is disappointed in Greg for his "pattern of deception" about the supposedly stolen LEGO brick, reminding Greg of lies he has told and has been told. Susan enjoys college and tries to get Greg and Rodrick interested, although Greg still plans to be a video game tester or a garbage collector. Susan takes Greg to the college campus and he helps a girl study for her psychology test, but is disappointed when he learns that she already has a boyfriend.

Greg hears about Mariana Mendoza's Halloween party and wants to attend, but hears that she is only inviting people who are in the school band. To get invited, he takes up playing the French horn. He then learns that Mariana is inviting only the woodwind section and decides to go with Rowley, who plays the flute, as a two-headed monster. Susan attends the party as well, and sets up party games, which Greg ends up enjoying. He leaves the party early when Rowley needs to go to the bathroom.

Greg gives up on playing the French horn, but his father, Frank, refuses to let him leave the band. At the Fall Concert, he and Rowley are locked in the band room. Greg rips his pants and has Rowley color his underwear with marker, at which point Frank comes in and accuses them of "goofing off," grounding Greg. Greg gets hungry and looks for candy, finding a bag of chocolate chips. He calls Rowley, and while going to get paper towels to clean up the now-melted chocolate chips, Greg finds bags of gummy worms and gets the idea to make a horror movie with them.

Greg writes the script for the movie, titled Night of the Night Crawlers, and has Rowley storyboard it. Greg records the scenes, with Rowley being the only actor in the movie, and spreads gummy worms outside for a scene in which a man looks outside to see the night crawlers in his yard. He finds the pig eating his gummy worms, and Rowley notices the geese outside, so they plan to get Rodrick's wolf mask out of the basement. The electronic witch is activated, and Rowley runs out of the house in fear and climbs up a tree, then Frank arrives home.

A few weeks later, Greg writes that Rowley has gotten famous and been on the news and talk shows. Greg is upset that Rowley hasn't given any credit to him for coming up with the idea for the movie, and writes that he would never "make a fool out of himself to get a cheap laugh from the people watching at home."

Trivia[edit]

  • This book contains multiple pop culture references:
    • The entire introduction where Greg thinks his life is a TV show is a parody of The Truman Show. It is mentioned from Pages 1 to 15.
    • Spineticklers is a parody Spinetinglers, by M.T. Coffin.
    • Spineticklers #48, “Wake Me Up In The Year 3000” is a parody of Futurama. It was first mentioned on Page 41.
    • The controversy surrounding Underpants Bandits is a parody of the controversy surrounding Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey.
    • "Night Of The Night Crawlers" is just Squirm, but with gummy worms, instead of real life worms. The movie poster is shown on Page 194.
    • There is a girl dressed like Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter franchise at the Halloween party. She is first shown on Page 168 if you see good.
    • Maddox enjoys playing with Lego.
  • The backpack tipping over Greg on the cover is meant to be an ode to the backpack that makes Greg slouch on the first book's cover.

Errors[edit]

  • On page 64, the word "roast" in "roast beef" is duplicated, making it "roast roast beef." This error was fixed in reprints.
  • In the book, Greg says his Nana worked as a waitress. However, in the preview, he says she worked as a nurse.
  • On the top of page 49, the characters appear too short.
  • On page 94, Mrs. Selsam's leg is in a humanly impossible position, and her skirt is shown as only covering that one leg.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese いちかばちか、やるしかないね!
Ichi kaba Chika, yaru shika nai ne!
I Have No Choice But To Do It!
Spanish !A Por Todas! For All!
French Double peine Double Trouble
Dutch Drie keer niks Nothing Three Times
German Alles Käse! All Cheese!
Italian Avanti tutta! Full Speed Ahead!
Polish Ryzyk-fizyk Risk Physicist