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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Big dose of sibling rivalry in very funny 2nd book.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 72 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Sibling rivalry, mean pranks played at school, and some plots for cheating, but nothing feels too mean-spirited and the humor is often based on lessons the clueless main character should be learning (and readers will get themselves).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Greg can be pretty mean to his friends, is sarcastic, often has poor judgment, and gets caught in a lie -- all lead to lessons and consequences. His mother does a great job of reeling him back in when he makes mistakes.

Violence & Scariness

Rodrick draws some violent cartoons, including one of his brother Greg being pushed off a cliff. A boy is shown injured when he kicks something heavy.


Mild name calling, like "jerk" and "nerd."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know this book has sibling rivalry, one wild party, and some scheming to cheat on tests and get out of chores. The great thing is, like most middle school kids, the characters get caught and are punished.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants April 25, 2011
Adult Written byashjark September 13, 2014
Kid, 10 years old March 23, 2011

A good book for kids

This is a funny book! I think kids 8+ would love to read the whole series!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written bylogan96 October 29, 2010

What's the story?

Greg Heffley is just trying to put the summer and its events behind him. It would be a lot easier if his mean older brother Rodrick didn't know his darkest secret. All Greg has to do is keep Rodrick quiet and keep his journal out of Rodrick's hands and everything should be OK, well not OK, but tolerable.

Is it any good?

A worthy follow-up to the first book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, RODRICK RULES gives us more of Greg's funny take on the world around him through his comics-laced journal. Greg's in more scrapes this time around, and worse than that, his bully brother Rodrick knows one of Greg's secrets that could definitely get him into trouble and threatens to tell the world. Here comes the brotherly blackmail (and a great topic for parent-kid discussions).

The cartoons that go along with Greg's journal entries are hilarious. Bestselling author Jeff Kinney does a great job portraying the hazardous environment of middle school and of showing us a relatable kid whose full of foibles -- while he's very likeable he can be sarcastic, snarky, and occasionally pretty mean to his friends. The situations Greg finds himself are both familiar and embarrassing. While Greg likes to think he's the victim of misunderstandings, like when he promises to be honest and takes it too far, the majority of the time he gets what he deserves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about lying and friendship. Why was Greg's mother more upset when she found out he lied?

  • How would you feel if your friends treated you like Greg did Chirag?

  • Have you ever done something in school that made other people feel bad, but made you feel cool and popular?

Book details

For kids who love to laugh

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