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Diary of a Wimpy Kid | [Jeff Kinney]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal - not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.
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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed debut author Jeff Kinney brilliantly re-creates the typical humor and logic of middle-school boys sidling into adolescence.

Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal - not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.

©2007 Jeff Kinney; (P)2008 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"[This] should keep readers in stitches." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Catherine Sheboygan, WI, USA 04-17-08
    Catherine Sheboygan, WI, USA 04-17-08
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    "You need the cartoons!"

    My kids love this book, so we got it as an audiobook for a car trip. The trouble is that the cartoons are an integral part of the story. Without them, you lose some of the humor. It would be perfect for reading along, if your kids already have the book, but there is definitely something missing when you just listen to the audiobook without the visuals.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kara Arvada, CO, USA 03-21-10
    Kara Arvada, CO, USA 03-21-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Use both!"

    I use both the audio book and the actual book to help my son learn to read. He is autistic and he loves these books, but he has a hard time reading, so I bought him an i-pod and started downloading books he loves. Then I buy the actual book and he gets to listen to the books while he reads them.

    It has been tremendously helpful! I highly suggest doing this will all books for kids of all ages, if they are having a difficult time reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 02-22-11
    Diane United States 02-22-11 Member Since 2012
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    "My kids were laughing out loud!"

    Suddenly car trips aren't long enough for my kids (8 and 10 year old boys) because they want to continue listening to this series of books on their ipods.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-24-13
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    "My 5 Year Old LOVES this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to be better than the print version?

    I didnt read the print version. i just thought my son would enjoy listening to stories about another little boy. BOY did he!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

    My son keeps pulling the punch line, "Zoo We Mama"... I dont get it, but he and his little sister think its pretty funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    He had far too many.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes my son laugh ALOT.


    Any additional comments?

    I am on my 3rd time listening to this book. We are ordering the next book soon, but i cant get over how much my son loves it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mei Sheng 05-03-15
    Mei Sheng 05-03-15
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    "Everything is just perfect"

    The narrator is great, the story is great, overall, every single thin is just great, I like to listen to it everyday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 04-23-15
    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 04-23-15 Member Since 2008

    Maddie and I, are a dad-daughter combo who love audible books. She has recently started to write reviews also. I hope you can differentiate.

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    "Mixed feelings about this book"

    Let me first say that my daughter and I both had mixed feelings regarding this book. Here is the short description...the main character is an athletically challenged middle schooler who is trying to get through middle school and avoid being teased and/or bullied. Much of the story is recognizable to any person who went to school in America. As such, there are many funny points in the story, although some of the humor is along the lines of bathroom humor, it is mostly harmless. There were two things that we did not like about the novel. First , the main character is not really all that nice. He often throws his friends under the bus to save his own butt. Second, we did not like how this book also seemed to almost condone the bullying or at least tried to present bullying as an inevitable fact of life that all kids must go through as a sort of Rite of Passage to adulthood. The bullies themselves seem to be presented as good kids, who are just a bit rambunctious. I personally reject this interpretation of bullies, while I don't necessarily think they should be thrown in jail, I certainly don't think it is all harmless and the bullied should just learn how to deal with it. The book presents the bullies as the cool kids and the bullied as the dweebs and dorks. I don't like the premise that the bullies are the "cool kids", and neither did my daughter. I certainly don't like the idea of sending the message to my daughter that sets an equivalency of cool kids to bullies. I don't think I will be getting her the rest of these books for this reason.

    Perhaps I am a bit over critical regarding this and I should not take this book so seriously, kids are able to differentiate stores from real life. My daughter did think the book was funny at times, and she did finish it. I could not finish it, I did not like bullies when I was a kid, and I like them even less as I contemplate them bullying my children or worse, finding out that I raised one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Masaaki Mito, Japan 03-18-13
    Masaaki Mito, Japan 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple but quite enjoyable!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to be better than the print version?

    I actually bought the print version before purchasing the audio edition. Though their was difference in the nature of enjoyment, I found both editions to be equally enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Diary of a Wimpy Kid to and why?

    There was no book like this before at least for me and quite original, which is one of many reasons I like this book.


    What about Ramon De Ocampo’s performance did you like?

    His performance was great. He conveyed the atmosphere of the story well and contributed to the successful production of the audio version.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Welcome to the world according to the fifth grader, who keeps his "journal," not a diary, because he thinks when he's rich and famous, it is gonna come in handy!


    Any additional comments?

    I like the tone and atmosphere the author carried all through the book. Simple but quite enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID 06-19-12
    DAVID 06-19-12
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    "LAUGHT WHITH GREG"
    What did you love best about Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

    Sometimes it remember me in diferents situations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

    When Greg put the CD but forgot the bateries. However, he started moving his head and dancing whitout music. His teacher saw him, and she thought he were not a normal person


    Have you listened to any of Ramon De Ocampo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'haven't listened other performances before


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laught


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Ontario, Canada 05-02-12
    Roger Ontario, Canada 05-02-12 Member Since 2010

    If you always have a book with you...

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    "What's the big deal?"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought that the book was performed well enough, could have had some more expression.
    But what's with the story?! I did not care for the 'Wimpy Kid' at all. I though that this would be the story of a Wimpy kid and how he overcame his shortcomings. Instead, it's about a 'poor me' brat. Really no value for kids in this book, it teaches them the wrong way to behave.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MariaTeresa BROWNSVILLE, TX, United States 06-08-11
    MariaTeresa BROWNSVILLE, TX, United States 06-08-11
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    "Diary needing tone/voice"

    Plot is good, especially for middle school students, yet narrator's voice is monotoned and boring. Maybe having George Lopez read it would add more flavor to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Anna Rawlinson
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    "Full marks"

    Amazing i loved the story sooo much!!!! Rowley is funny and Greg's life is like mine! Could have been a little longer though...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paula
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    5/24/13
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    "Irritating narrator"

    Although the story is very popular, mostly with boys, the American narrator lets down this audio recording.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    LINGFIELD, United Kingdom
    8/16/11
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    "DJ 100811"

    I haven't laughed so much in a long time! It gives you a glimpse into the mind of an early teen boy and having been brought up with 3 sisters, I can now vaguely understand the teen boys I teach...oh the angsts and thought processes...if you want to 'go there', listen to it yourself...

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