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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order: How to read Jeff Kinney’s series?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order: How to read Jeff Kinney’s series?
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Even kids need to read their books in order, especially the wimpy ones!

What is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid about?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of fiction books written by the American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. It’s a children series about the young and wimpy Greg Heffley, his best friend Rowley, and his middle school problems.

It’s also a series of movies based on those books, so read the books before seeing the movies!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order Rodrick Rules Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order The Last Straw Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – It’s 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 you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
  2. Rodrick Rules – As Greg enters the new school year, he’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.
  3. The Last Straw – Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other ‘manly’ endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to a military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up … or get shipped out.

Dog Days Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order The Ugly Truth Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order Cabin Fever Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order

  1. Dog Days – It’s summer vacation, the weather’s great, and all the kids are having fun outside. So where’s Greg Heffley? Inside his house, playing video games with the shades drawn. But Greg’s mom has a different vision for an ideal summer … one packed with outdoor activities and ‘family togetherness.’
  2. The Ugly Truth – Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older – all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the ‘ugly truth’?
  3. Cabin Fever – Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of. The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors.

The Third Wheel Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order Hard Luck Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order The Long Haul Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order

  1. The Third Wheel - A dance at Greg’s middle school has everyone scrambling to find a partner, and Greg is determined not to be left by the wayside. So he concocts a desperate plan to find someone – anyone! – to go with on the big night.
  2. Hard Luck – Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
  3. The Long Haul - A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun … unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure and this is one the Heffleyswon t soon forget.

Old School Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order Double Down Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order The Getaway Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order

  1. Old School – Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.
  2. Double Down - The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side.’ When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie?
  3. The Getaway – With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

The Meltdown Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order Wrecking Ball Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order The Deep End Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order

  1. The Meltdown – When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield for an epic snowball fights. It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown.
  2. Wrecking Ball – An unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
  3. The Deep EndBut things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they’re already in too deep.

Big Shot Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books in Order

  1. Big Shot – After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball. Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team.

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