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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a series of comedy realistic fiction graphic novels, written by American cartoonist and online game designer Jeff Kinney. They follow through the illustrations of Greg Heffley, a male student in middle-school explaining his everyday adventures through his drawings and simple notes. It first started as Igdoof in the early 1990s and after its failure, he made up of which was a comic about a middle school weakling called Greg Heffley. Jeff Kinney started writing ideas and eventually made a online fiction novel, uploaded to funbrain.com in 2004-2005, where it got 20 million views and was later made into a book series, then later were made into film adaptions.

The books are published by Abram Books in the United States and Penguin Books in the United Kingdom. They are released in hardback, paperback, and digital format each.

Development[edit]

After Jeff Kinney was unsuccessful in syndicating his comic strip, lgdoof, he started writing down his ideas for about 6 years (from 1998-2004), which eventually became Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The series are believed to be based on a family that Jeff Kinney know personally, and virtually all the characters are based off people in reality, who are replaced by fictional names to protect their identity.

Greg Heffley was made in 1998 as a middle school weakling, and Jeff Kinney started making stories about Greg in a cheap writing-pad from 1998-2004, and when a single joke was made, Jeff Kinney stuck it together with others. This resulted in a big 1,300+ pages book, which was cut to about 600 pages when Kinney uploaded it on funbrain.com in 2004. It then achieved over 25 million views, and soon after the success of the web book, he converted the series into published books.

Books[edit]

Main series[edit]

Cover # Title Plot Release date
Diary of a Wimpy Kid cover.jpg 1 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Greg tries to become popular in school and introduces his family, his friends, and the Cheese Touch. April 1, 2007
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules cover.jpg 2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Greg must prevent Rodrick from telling about an embarrassing incident. February 1, 2008
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Last Straw cover.jpg 3 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw When Greg's father plans to send him to military school, Greg takes up sports and joins the Boy Scouts to make him reconsider. January 13, 2009
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days cover.jpg 4 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Over summer vacation, Greg is annoyed by his mother's attempts to make it the "best summer ever." October 12, 2009
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Ugly Truth cover.jpg 5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth As Greg grows up, he struggles with changes such as having a different dentist and getting The Talk. November 9, 2010
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever cover.jpg 6 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever Greg fears that he will be sent to jail for accidentally vandalizing the school, while a snowstorm traps him in his house. November 15, 2011
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Third Wheel cover.jpg 7 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel Greg tries to find a date for the Valentine's Day Dance. November 13, 2012
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck cover.jpg 8 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Unhappy with his decisions, Greg finds a Magic 8 Ball and uses it to make choices for him. November 5, 2013
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul cover.jpg 9 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Greg and his family go on a road trip. November 4, 2014
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School cover.jpg 10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School Greg's mother passes a petition to prevent use of electronics for a weekend. Greg later goes on a school field trip to a farm. November 3, 2015
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Double Down cover.jpg 11 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down Greg's mother wants him to do creative activities, so he joins the school's band and films a movie with Rowley. November 1, 2016
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Getaway cover.jpg 12 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Greg and his family board a plane and fly to a resort for Christmas vacation. November 7, 2017
Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Meltdown cover.jpg 13 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown Greg and Rowley participate in a street-wide snowball fight. October 30, 2018
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Wrecking Ball cover.png 14 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball Greg's family renovate their home after receiving an inheritance. November 5, 2019

Other[edit]

Cover Title Description Release date
Red DYS Book Dowk.jpg Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book An activity book containing original illustrations. October 1, 2008
DoaWK DIY More US cover.jpg The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book An expanded version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book, containing more full-color comics and extra activities. May 10, 2011
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary cover.jpg The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary A book about the creation and development of the first three Diary of a Wimpy Kid films. This book was re-released and expanded after the premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and again after Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days March 19, 2010
March 25, 2011
August 3, 2012
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary The Next Chapter cover.jpg The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter A book detailing the development of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. It is a follow-up to the original The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. May 9, 2017
Diary-of-a-Wimpy-KId-Large.png Diary of Greg Heffley's Best Friend A shortened version of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal, containing the first half of the book. October 2018
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Rowley Jefferson's Journal cover.jpg Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal As Greg's biography, Rowley writes about his experiences with Greg. April 9, 2019

Reception[edit]

The New York Times, which ranks children's book series collectively on a "Series Books" bestseller list, has included the Wimpy Kid series for 64 weeks as of April 10, 2010 . USA Today, which ranks best sellers based on sales alone regardless of genre or intended audience, has listed Diary of a Wimpy Kid in its top 150, peaking at number 8, for 141 weeks as of April 4, 2010. As of the same date, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules has been on the list for 117 weeks (peaking at number 4), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw has been on the list for 65 weeks (peaking at number 1), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days has been on the list for all 25 weeks of its publication (peaking at number 1), and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary has been listed for all three weeks of its publication, peaking at number 2. As of May 2010, more than 200 million Wimpy Kid books are sold worldwide., and the books have been sold in more than 30 countries in the world. As of 2014, Jeff Kinney has made 25 million dollars from the series.

Film Adaptations[edit]

  • In March 2010, Fox Film 2000 released a movie named Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the first book. The film garnered mixed reviews, and is rated 55% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • In 2011, a second movie named Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules hit theaters. 47% of critics gave the film a positive review, according to the aforementioned Rotten Tomatoes.
  • In 2012, a third movie named Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was released. It got 51% on Rotten Tomatoes unlike the first two films. Dog Days combined the third and fourth books (The Last Straw and Dog Days).
  • In 2017, a fourth movie named Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul was released. It got 20% on Rotten Tomatoes which received negative reviews because of the new casting changes. This film combined the ninth and tenth books (The Long Haul and Old School).

Covers[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese グレッグのダメ日記
Gureggu no dame nikki
Greg's Useless Diary
Spanish Diario de Greg Greg's Diary
French Journal d'un dégonflé (stylized as "gonflé," meaning the opposite of "wimpy") Diary of a Courageous Kid
Dutch Het leven van een loser The Life of a Loser
German Gregs Tagebuch Greg's Diary
Italian Diario di una schiappa Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Danish Ikke en dagbog Not a Diary
Polish Dziennik Cwaniaczka Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Welsh Dyddiadur Dripsyn
Bulgarian Дневникът на един дръндьо
Dnevnikŭt na edin drŭnd’o
Afrikaans Dagboek van 'n Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid