- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
From Cabin Fever to The Long Haul, we’ve read (and re-read) every Wimpy Kid book. Here’s our definitive ranking of every book in the series.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of fiction books written by American author Jeff Kinney. All the books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. The books have been published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, and all have achieved commercial success.
The first book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was published in 2007 and has since been made into two films. The series has been praised for its witty humor and its ability to appeal to readers of all ages. The books have also been criticized for their crude humor and being poorly written.
There are currently twelve books in the series, with the most recent being Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, which was published in 2015. Below is a list of all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, ranked from worst to best.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is one of the most popular book series for kids. The series follows the life of Greg Heffley, a middle school student, as he navigates through the ups and downs of adolescence. While the books are often funny, they also deal with some serious themes, such as bullying and peer pressure.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is the second book in the series and was released in 2008. In this installment, Greg Heffley is dealing with his older brother Rodrick, who seems to be out to make his life as difficult as possible.
Despite its title, diary of a wimpy kid: rodrick rules is actually a pretty solid entry in the series, with plenty of laughs and plenty of heart. It’s not quite as good as the first book, but it’s still a must-read for fans of the series.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
The third book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, was released on January 13, 2009. In the book, Greg is sent to therapy after his mom and dad catch him watching a movie where two dogs hump. In therapy, Greg talks about how he’s always the wimpy kid and how he wants to be more like his older brother, Roderick. Meanwhile, Greg’s friend Rowley is becoming more popular, and Greg is jealous. When Rowley gets invited to join a club for popular kids, Greg pretends to be his friend so he can join too. But things go wrong when Greg accidentally destroys the club’s clubhouse. This book was named a 2009 Top Ten Book for Reluctant Readers by the American Library Association.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Published in 2009, the book continues to chronicle the adventures of middle school student Greg Heffley, this time during his summer vacation.
Dog Days was well-received by critics, who praised its humor and relatability. It was also a commercial success, spending 36 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list and becoming one of the bestselling books of 2009.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is the fifth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was released on November 9, 2010.
The book starts off with Greg Heffley telling the reader that he is going to write an advice column for his school newspaper, after getting the idea from reading an advice column in a magazine. He then gives out some “enter at your own risk” disclaimers, and tells the reader that his first piece of advice is not to take any advice from him.
In the column, Greg gives out tips on how to get rid of a cold, how to deal with bullies, and how to get out of doing homework. He also tells stories from his own life, including the time he got food poisoning from eating undercooked hamburgers, and the time he got his head stuck in a banister.
Near the end of the book, Greg’s column becomes increasingly auto-biographical, as he starts talking about his parents’ divorce and his feelings about it. This culminates in him writing an open letter to his father, telling him that he is glad they are divorced and that he never wants to see him again.
The Ugly Truth was generally well-received by critics. Common Sense Media gave it 4 stars out of 5, saying “The Ugly Truth is another laugh-out-loud winner in Kinney’s blockbuster Wimpy Kid series.” The Wall Street Journal also praised the book, saying “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth may be Jeff Kinney’s best book yet.”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever is the sixth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was released on November 15, 2011.
In the book, it is wintertime and Greg Heffley is cabin feverish. When a blizzard hits, school is canceled for the week and Greg is thrilled. But being cooped up with his family quickly starts to drive him crazy. In desperation, Greg hatches a scheme to get his mom out of the house – even if it means selling his soul to the devil.
Cabin Fever was made into a movie that was released on December 21, 2012. The movie was directed by David Bowers and starred Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley and Devon Bostick as Rowley Jefferson.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
The Third Wheel is the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book was released on November 13, 2012, and was adapted into a 2015 film of the same name.
The book starts with Greg Heffley and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, trying to come up with ideas for a new board game. They eventually decide on a dating game, which Rowley dubs “The Third Wheel”. When they start testing the game out on people, Greg realizes that he may not be as good at matchmaking as he thought.
Meanwhile, Valentine’s Day is approaching, and Greg is worried that he will be left out once again. He comes up with a plan to ask out Abby Hilliard, but things don’t go quite as planned.
The Third Wheel is generally considered to be one of the weaker entries in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. However, it does have its moments, and it’s still a fun read overall.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
The eighth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Hard Luck was published in 2013. It follows the story of Greg Heffley, who is trying to get his crush to notice him. When all his attempts fail, he comes up with a plan that involves a lot of good luck charms. Will it work?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is a novel written by Jeff Kinney, published on November 4, 2014. The fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, it marks the first time Kinney has had sole writing credits for the series.
The book was generally well-received, with critics praising the new direction that the series was taking. However, some felt that the book was aimed more at younger readers than the previous entries in the series.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul follows protagonist Greg Heffley and his family as they go on a cross-country road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party. Along the way, Greg must deal with his childish antics, as well as his brothers’ pranks.
This is the first entry in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series to be solely written by Jeff Kinney. The previous three books were co-written with ghostwriter Wallace Wolodarsky.
The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series is one of the most popular book series for kids, selling over 150 million copies worldwide. The books follow the adventures of Greg Heffley, a wimpy kid who is always getting into trouble.
While the books are all very funny, some are definitely better than others. Here is a ranking of all 14 “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books, from worst to best:
14. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway”
13. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School”
12. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck”
11. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel”
10. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”
9. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever”
8. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”
7. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules”
6. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw”
5. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth”
4. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown” 3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Snake & Slippery Stairs” 2. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Diariy.” 1.” Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”