Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Book Review

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the third book in the series. In this installment, Greg Heffley is dealing with the dog days of summer. As usual, he’s got big plans that don’t quite work out the way he wants.

This book is a great read for kids who are dealing with the dog days of summer themselves. It’s funny and relatable, and kids will love following along with Greg’s misadventures.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney, was published in October 2009. The book was released on October 13, 2009, in the United Kingdom and was released on October 27, 2009, in the United States. The book continues the adventures of middle school student Greg Heffley over the summer vacation, between his seventh and eighth grade year. The book is 283 pages long.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days chronicles Greg’s summer vacation spent mostly indoors due to his fear of sunburn. Bored with nothing to do and desperate for something to amuse him, he descends into various get-rich-quick schemes with friend Rowley Jefferson. When these fail to keep his interest, he takes a job at country club where his father is a member, which only leads to more trouble.

Dog Days was released to generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its humor and themes of adolescence. It debuted at number one on three bestseller lists: The New York Times Children’s Paperback Best Seller list, Wall Street Journal’s Children’s Books Best Seller list, and USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list. In 2010, the book won two Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Book and Favorite Funny Book.

Plot Summary

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book was released on October 12, 2009.

The book starts out with Greg Heffley and his family going on a road trip to visit their Meemaw. On the way there, they make several stops, one of which is at a Dairy Queen. When they get there, Greg’s father accidentally locks the keys in the car. They have to call a tow truck to come and help them get the keys out.

Once they finally make it to Meemaw’s house, Greg is bored and has nothing to do. He tries to find things to keep himself busy, but all he can really find is trouble. He gets into several fights with his cousin Rowe and accidentally destroys his Meemaw’s flowers. He also gets stuck babysitting his little sister Manny while his parents go out to dinner.

One night, while babysitting Manny, Greg finds her diaper bag and inside is her baby monitor. He decides to use it to eavesdrop on his neighbors. He eventually learns that one of his neighbors is having an affair. The next day, he tries to tell his friend Rowley about it, but Rowley doesn’t believe him.

Later that week, Greg’s parents go on a date night and leave him andRowley in charge of Manny. They end up having so much fun that they forget about her until it’s almost midnight. They have to rush her back home before she wakes up their parents and gets them in trouble.

At the end of the book, Greg’s family goes back home and he reflects on all of the crazy adventures he had over the summer.”


The characters in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days are interesting and unique. Each character has their own distinct personality that makes them memorable. The main character, Greg Heffley, is an average kid who is trying to navigate his way through middle school. He is not the smartest or most popular kid in school, but he is definitely the funniest. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, is the complete opposite of Greg. He is naïve and gullible, but he is also loyal and always ready for a good time. Together, these two friends have some hilarious adventures.

Other memorable characters include Greg’s older brother, Rodrick; Greg’s friend and nemesis, Fregley; and Holly Hills, the girl of Greg’s dreams. These characters and many more help make Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days an enjoyable read.


The themes in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days are family, friends, and school.

Family is a big theme in the book. The Heffleys are always going on some sort of family adventure, whether it’s a camping trip or a road trip. This book is no different – the family goes to visit their grandparents for the summer. Even though the children may complain about spending time with their grandparents, in the end they always have a good time.

Friends are also an important theme in the book. Greg has many friends, but his best friend is Rowley. Rowley is always getting himself into trouble, but Greg always sticks by him. In this book, Greg and Rowley have to deal with bullies and find a way to get out of trouble together.

Finally, school is a theme in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Greg is excited for summer vacation so he can relax and not have to worry about schoolwork. However, he quickly realizes that he’s bored without school and starts to miss his friends. He also starts to realize that he might not be as smart as he thought he was.

Writing Style

The writing style Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is very simplistic, which I think is one of the reasons that the book is so popular. The point of view is first person limited, meaning that the reader only knows what Greg thinks and feels. The language is basic and easy to understand. There are a lot of illustrations throughout the book, which also makes it enjoyable for young readers.

I think that Jeff Kinney did a great job writing this book. It was easy to read and I think that kids will enjoy it. I would definitely recommend it to parents with young children who are looking for a good book to read aloud.


In conclusion, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a worthy addition to the Wimpy Kid series. It is sure to please fans of the series, and may even win some new readers over. The book is funny, heartwarming, and contains just the right amount of teenage angst.

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