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Parents' Guide to

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.

Book Jeff Kinney School 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 87 parent reviews

age 7+

Get a grip.

My 7 year old daughters absolutely love these books. They’re funny easy to read and a great introduction to books. The reviews I’m reading on here seem to be from parents who seem to want their children placed in a bunker or sealed from any form of imperfection in life. One said the main character is “lazy” SERIOUSLY. Stick to unicorns and books for infants. We’re you ever a child??? Should children only read books so they can be moulded in the form of Anthony Robbins or do we allow them the possibility that life isn’t always sunshine and lollipops. Wimpy Kid is our Hero.
age 14+

Not recommended

Before my child start reading this book can say she was a different person to what she b ecome now. She's only 8 but I can tell that she mimics those characters in the book.she starts to disrespect me and her dad her school teachers which is something out of her character . Plz if you care enough for your child don't bother buying this stupid book

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (87 ):
Kids say (303 ):

Begun in 2004 by a game developer as comics on the site, this "novel in cartoons" translates well to book form. Diary of a Wimpy Kid reads like little episodes in clueless middle schooler Greg Heffley's life, with a great sense of humor throughout. Many kids have been there before, so they'll laugh heartily at Greg's mishaps.

Greg's grand schemes -- to become popular (running for treasurer, writing the comic for the school newspaper), get the most candy on Halloween, or build a robot that won't repeat swear words -- are all destined for failure. The reader knows where the flaws are in Greg's half-baked plans, as well as the lesson he doesn't quite get in the end. Writing down your thoughts on actual paper may be old-school in the age of social media, sure, but it still has many benefits -- including privacy.

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