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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot
AuthorJeff Kinney
IllustratorJeff Kinney
CountryUnited States
SeriesDiary of a Wimpy Kid
GenreChildren's literature
Graphic novel
PublishedOctober 26, 2021[1]
PublisherAmulet Books (US)
Puffin Books (UK)
Preceded byThe Deep End 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot is the 16th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. It was released on October 26, 2021.[1] The story follows Greg Heffley as he reluctantly signs up for basketball.


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Big Shot was first teased by Jeff in April of 2020 through Twitter. In a response to a fan letter, he confirmed that he was writing both a 15th and 16th book.[3] The title and cover were later revealed on May 27, 2021.[4][5][6]

The cover of Big Shot depicts Greg with mismatched equipment from multiple different sports. According to Kinney, this was a design choice to communicate that the story was about sports in general, rather than only basketball.[7]

Greg decides that he isn't all that talented at sports and "retires". However, Field Day approaches and he decides to prepare. He then is "traded" from his class to another. His team ("class") placed 5th, with the cafeteria lunch ladies going on to win Field Day. His mom decides to convince Greg to give sports another chance. After much conversation, Greg reluctantly signs up for the basketball try-outs. After a horrible try-out session, he is picked for the worst team in the league. His team places last and are relegated to the "Second Chance Tournament", where Greg is traded out (once again) to the opposition in the finals; where he wins the game for the opposition after chucking a 3-pointer.[8]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Big Shot Is The 16th Book In The Series, Release Teased on Twitter by Author". TheCineTalk.com. 29 May 2021. Archived from the original on 25 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  2. Kinney, Jeff (26 October 2021). Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 16) (Hardcover). ISBN 9781419749155. Retrieved 25 June 2021. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  3. Kinney, Jeff [@Wimpykid] (April 28, 2020). "Hey David! Thanks for the letter! Favorite character: Rowley! Favorite book: book one! Yes, writing more Wimpy Kid books now. 15 +16!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. "Kinney's 16th Diary of a Wimpy Kid coming in October". The Book Seller. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  5. "The 16th book in the Wimpy Kid series is coming: Big Shot". Comics Beat. 28 May 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  6. "GO BIG OR GO HOME! The BRAND-NEW Diary of a Wimpy Book Cover Revealed!". Wimpy Kid Club. 27 May 2021. Archived from the original on 25 June 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  7. Halls, Kiara (16 September 2021). "Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Jeff Kinney Teases the Series' 2021 Plans & Animated Film". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  8. "Jeff Kinney Scores with 'Big Shot'". Publishers Weekly. 25 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.