Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid
AuthorJeff Kinney
CountryUnited States
GenreRealistic fiction
PublisherAmulet Books / Puffin Books
Publication date
April 1, 2007  –
Media typePrint (paperback), (hardback)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is an ongoing series of currently seventeen books written by Jeff Kinney. The series is about a middle school student named Greg Heffley. The books are written in the style of Greg's diary. They contain many drawings, all with no color.

These books are about Gregory Heffley, most commonly known as Greg, who struggles with middle school and family life. Greg has one close friend named Rowley Jefferson. He goes to public school where he has multiple crushes including Holly Hills, known as Piper Elizabeth Mattews in the online version. The series is very successful, leading to many movie adaptations and popularity among children aged eight to twelve.

Main Characters[change | change source]

  • Greg Heffley is a middle school student who wants to be popular. He gets upset when things don't usually go his way.
  • Rodrick Heffley is Greg's older brother. He is a teenager, later on an adult who likes heavy metal music. Rodrick plays the drums in his band, Löded Diper.
  • Manny Heffley is Greg's younger brother. Greg thinks that his parents like Manny more than him and Rodrick. Manny’s parents spoil (do good things for) him.
  • Frank Heffley is Greg's father. He thinks Greg is weak. Frank wants Greg to stop playing video games and play sports instead.
  • Susan Heffley is Greg's mother. She is nice, but does not know very much about things that Greg and Rodrick like. She does not like technology and smartphones.
  • Rowley Jefferson is Greg's best friend. Greg sees Rowley as immature and childish because he acts younger than he actually is. Rowley has also made journals (he was inspired by his best friend Greg). His journal is about his and Greg's middle school life and their ordinary lives.

Minor Characters[change | change source]

  • Nasty Pants is a 5-year old character who does not like guests in his house. He is known to bully Greg and Rowley whenever they walk in his neighborhood. He appears in Cabin Fever and Wrecking Ball.
  • Fregley is an annoying character who lives in Greg’s neighborhood. Greg doesn't like Fregley and once crawled through a sewer to avoid passing by his house. Greg has reason to dislike Fregley because he often does strange and disgusting actions. Fregley appears in nine of the books, but lately has not been mentioned.
  • Mackie is one of Rodrick's friends and is a former member of Löded Diper. He got accepted in a school for robotics and appears in Diper Överlöde.
  • Drew is one of Rodrick's friends, and is a former member of Löded Diper. Drew has an older brother who works at the Deli Counter and lets the band play a song over the speakers. The song only played for thirty seconds before the manager turned it off and fired Drew’s brother. He appears in Diper Överlöde.
  • Bill Walter is the main singer of Löded Diper. He is the only member of Rodrick’s band to not be in high school. In high school, Bill was voted to be “Most Likely to become a Rock Star”, and this is why Rodrick invited him to join his band. Bill appears in five of the books, and was a major character in Diper Överlöde.
  • Christopher Brownfield is one of Greg's friends and is shown to have been a great mosquito magnet while hanging out with Greg in the summer. However, Greg does not see him as a close friend because he is "not a school-year friend". Later in "The Ugly Truth", he is on Greg's team for a game and hides behind a soda machine after the teachers told them they would call all of their parents.

Books[change | change source]

In 2019, a book called Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal was released. It is a book that follows the perspective of Greg's best friend, Rowley. In 2020, another Rowley book called Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure was published. And in 2021, one last Rowley book was published and it was called Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories.

Movies[change | change source]

The series has six movies, each based on the book of the same name. Two animated films that are the reboots of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules were released, the first on December 3, 2021, and the second on December 2, 2022.