Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney


by Captain Lyaf Yarr

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
Page Count: 217
Format: Paperback
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Greg is starting middle school and his mom buys him a “Journal” (diary). In it he writes all of his problems, events, and whatever is happening in his personal life. The book follows him through his first year in middle school and it isn’t exactly as Greg thought it would be.

Why I Started This Book:

I knew kids at school who had read this book and liked it and when my mom heard about it she told me I should grab it from the library. I did and I grabbed another one too, just in case the first was any good.


  • I like the idea of reading someone’s diary. I’ve always wanted to without being caught and yelled at for invading their privacy.
  • In this book I liked the moldy cheese that was always on the basketball court and never came off. I was kind of grossed out when I found out what happened to it at the end of the story, but I thought it was funny.
  • I loved the comedy in the book; sometimes it was funny because it was stupid, but I was laughing all the time anyway.


  • In this book there wasn’t just one major problem. It was more like ten problems, and they weren’t very big problems except one. I thought it was kind of weird reading with more than one problem going on. It’s not something I’m used to and I’m not sure really how I feel about it.
  • I didn’t especially like the fact that there were so many pictures in this book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the picture it’s just that it took up most of what could have been text, and it felt like I could finish ten pages in ten seconds.

Last minute thoughts: I was never tired of reading this book. I was eager what would happen next.

Buy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Book Rating: I give this book 3.5 Treasure Chests, and I will read the second one soon!

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  1. What was the second book?
    As far as the more than one problems thing goes, thats good writing method, most authors will try to tie them together later, often in ways the reader didnt predict.

    I guess the more of your reviews that I read the more I wonder how you would categorize the book? I always felt young adult was a little too vague for the variety of books you find under that label. Maybe as a future project think about what categories you would give the books yourself?

  2. CaptainYarr

    Hi Aaron,

    The second book is Rodrick Rules.

    As for the YA Genre it is School Situations and Graphic Novel. I have sub YA Genres listed under my categories. So far us yarrs have reviewed books under Action and Adventure, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Paranormal, Romance, and School Situations.

  3. cellofreak

    I read this a while ago and I thought it was funny. I remember liking the cartoons because they were cute and took up space. Which allowed me to reach my reading requirements without interfering with my after school activities. I would give this book a 4.

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