Synopses & Reviews
Now every kid can write like a Wimpy Kid!
An exciting companion to the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
First of all, let me get something straight: This is a journal, not a diary.”
This innovative interactive journal based on Greg Heffleys own diary” lets kids express themselves in an exciting new way. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, kids will be asked: What was the best dream you ever had? The worst thing you ever ate? The best secret you ever heard? The most trouble you ever got in for something that wasnt even your fault to begin with? This Do-It-Yourself Book features art throughout, along with ruled and blank pages for readers to create their own stories, keep their own diaries, and record their favorites and least faves. Includes a bonus full-color comics section featuring the collected cartoons of Greg Heffley and his best friend, Rowley.
16 pages of full-color comics!
Move over, Harry Potter. . . . Theres a new set of titles dominating the bestseller list for kids chapter books, and theres nothing fantasy about these.”Andrea Yeats on NPRs All Things Considered
Perfectly pitched wit and believably self-centered hero . . .”The New York Times
Charming and hilarious from the get-go. . . . [Kinney has] an uncanny eye for the depredations and triumphs of middle school life.” The Boston Globe
The writing is sharp, and the artwork, though deceptively simple, is both entertaining and expressive . . . adding comic punch to these funny-because-theyre-true scenes . . .” Bookpage
Perfect for someone about to go to middle school, perfect for parents to help ease their child into this new phase. . . . Kinney has done a wonderful service for preteens by talking about all those awful, embarrassing, and good moments.” The San Diego Union Tribune
F&P level: T
The highly anticipated third book in the critically acclaimed and bestselling series takes the art of being wimpy to a whole new level.
Letand#8217;s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Gregand#8217;s father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other and#147;manlyand#8221; endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his fatherand#8217;s efforts to change him. But when Gregand#8217;s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out.
Greg and his family and friends, who make the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books a must-read for middle school readers, are back and at their best in this hilarious new installment of the series, which is sure to please current fans while attracting new ones.
Publishers Weekly-1/19/2009:The third book in this genre-busting series is certain to enlarge Kinneyand#8217;s presence on the bestseller lists, where the previous titles have taken up residence for the past two years. Kinneyand#8217;s spot-on humor and winning formula of deadpan text set against cartoons are back in full force. This time, Greg starts off on New Yearand#8217;s Day (he resolves to and#147;help other people improve,and#8221; telling his mother, and#147;I think you should work on chewing your potato chips more quietlyand#8221;) and ends with summer vacation. As he fends off his fatherand#8217;s attempts to make him more of a man (the threat of military school looms), Gregand#8217;s hapless adventures include handing out anonymous valentines expressing his true feelings (and#147;Dear James, You smelland#8221;), attempting to impress his classmate Holly and single-handedly wrecking his soccer teamand#8217;s perfect season. Kinney allows himself some insider humor as well, with Greg noting the and#147;racketand#8221; childrenand#8217;s book authors have going. and#147;All you have to do is make up a character with a snappy name, and then make sure the character learns a lesson at the end of the book.and#8221; Greg, self-centered as ever, may be the exception proving that rule. Ages 8and#150;12. (Jan.)and#160;FandP level: T
Its summer vacation, the weathers great, and all the kids are having fun outside. So wheres Greg Heffley? Inside his house, playing video games with the shades drawn.
Greg, a self-confessed “indoor person,” is living out his ultimate summer fantasy: no responsibilities and no rules. But Gregs mom has a different vision for an ideal summer . . . one packed with outdoor activities and “family togetherness.”
Whose vision will win out? Or will a new addition to the Heffley family change everything?
F&P level: T
Go behind the scenes with Jeff Kinney and the making of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid
If you've ever wondered how a movie gets made, you're not alone. Author and illustrator Jeff Kinney didn't know either, but when his bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was turned into a live-action movie by 20th Century Fox, he learned how a book gets adapted into a major motion picture.
Complete with photographs, script pages, storyboard sketches, costume designs, and original art by Jeff Kinney, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary is the perfect companion to the bestselling series.
Boys dont keep diariesor do they?
The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to
Its a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before youre ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowleys star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friends newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.
Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, Just dont expect me to be all Dear Diary this and Dear Diary that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he wont do and what he actually does are two very different things.
Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day. F&P level: T
This revised and expanded innovative journal based on Greg Heffleys own “diary” lets kids express themselves in an exciting new way. In the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
, kids will be asked: What was the best dream you ever had? The worst thing you ever ate? The best secret you ever heard? The most trouble you ever got in for something that wasn't even your fault to begin with? The Do-It-Yourself Book
features art throughout, along with ruled and blank pages for readers to create their own stories, keep their own diaries, and record their favorites and least faves.
The book includes a bonus 32-page full-color comics section featuring the collected cartoons of Greg Heffley and his best friend, Rowley. Revised and expanded! With brand-new content: 16 more pages of full-color comics, and 32 more interactive pages
Now you can write your own bestseller!
With The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, you're the author, illustrator, and main character. Filled with loads of interactive pages and plenty of space to write your own life's story, this book is all you need to create your masterpiece. Whatever you do, make sure you put it someplace safe after you finish. Because when you're rich and famous, this thing is going to be worth a fortune.
Includes more thanand#160;60 new pages! 32 pages of full-color comics (16 brand-new)!
The highly anticipated sequel to the #1 NEW YORK TIMES
Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.
Whatever you do, donand#8217;t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesnand#8217;t want to talk about it.
As Greg enters the new school year, heand#8217;s eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular.
Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules chronicles Gregand#8217;s attempts to navigate the hazards of middle school, impress the girls, steer clear of the school talent show, and most important, keep his secret safe.and#160;FandP level: T
About the Author
Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and four-time Nickelodeon Kidsandrsquo; Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazineandrsquo;s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazineandrsquo;s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.