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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Books In Order

Updated on August 30, 2017

Reading The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series In Order Of Publication

As this is a series of books around the same character, the question is - should we read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in order or reading them out of order is ok as well?

The series is written by the cartoonist Jeff Kinney, who has so far written 7 Wimpy Kid books in the style of a diary written by Greg Heffley who wanted to write about happenings in his life. While some folks found the idea of a diary written by a guy a bit strange, however once you start reading the cute notebooks scattered with drawings, they're really fun - and wildly popular all over the world.

I'm not a kid, but I loved reading these diaries as well - and personally I loved reading them in order - afterall they're diaries, which are meant to be read in consecutive order. So in short, my answer to the question is - yes, I think reading the books in the order of publication makes the most sense.

When I read the books, I've noticed that the newer ones were making references to things that happened and people encountered in previous episodes. On the other hand, there is usually a small recap in each new book, so if your kid does start the series out of order, he or she won't be utterly confused.

So what I suggest is this - if they read a book that is not the first and they want to read other books in the series, they should go back and read from the first one in order. If, however, you want your kids to start reading this series, best is to buy all of them as a birthday or Christmas gift, for example, so he or she can read them in the right order whenever they choose. Or at least buy the first 4 and then the rest.

In the meantime here are the books reviewed based on what I read - sure they're kids books, but I love books for children and I'm proud of it :)

Overview Of The Published Books In Order

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Books In Order Of Publication

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The first ever book, which was published in 2007. It was already published in an online version in 2004, so many people already know the first book from that time.

  2. Rodrick Rules - the second book in the series was born in 2008. It follows the relationship of Greg with his brother Rodrick.

  3. The Last Straw is the third book, published in 2009.

  4. Dog Days, the 4th book in the series (the yellow cover book), was published towards end of 2009.

  5. The Ugly Truth is the 5th Wimpy Kid diary book in the series, published in 2010.

  6. Cabin Fever is the 6th book in the series and was first published end of 2011.

  7. The Third Wheel, the seventh book in the series, was published in 2012. To date this is the latest book in the Diary of a Wimpy kid series.

  8. Hard Luck is book #8 in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was published 2013.

  9. The Long Haul is the 9th book in the series, published end of 2014.

Check out the books in the series at Amazon, or keep reading further for the reviews.

Cute Covers Of Books In The The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Series


Review Of The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Books

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book #1)

So we're at the start of the series. And what a wonderful series for kids this is! Before I start, let me tell you that if you're an adult and think this book is not for you, think again. I read all the books in order, and I found them hilarious, they really cracked me up.

And yes, I'm an adult. As long as you have your sense of humor nearby, you'll enjoy this series reading it alone - or with your kids.

Greg Heffley is your average 6th grade kid who is the usual victim of bullies, and he feels also a victim of his surroundings as well.

I mean his parents ground him because of playing with video games (um, yeah, I do remember that), his big brother is regularly picking on him and he's basically a very unpopular guy at school. If you've ever been in any of these situations (and I bet most of us have been, at one time or another), you'll be able to relate...

Rodrick Rules (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Book #2)

The second book continues in the same funny vein as the first. Greg is still the usual uncool loser, he's picked by all, including his older brother, Rodrick. It's amazing what things he has to go through simply because his brother knows some terrible secret that Greg doesn't want to be known.

So he pours out his heart to his journal (the word diary is just for girls, so he only writes in a journal, thank you very much).

I really had lots of laugh out loud moments, but there were times when I had some painful flashbacks as well...

Overall a great read, no matter what your current age is.

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The Last Straw (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Book #3)

Here we have the third book - or Greg's journal to read, and so far nothing has changed. Greg is still uncool, still picked on, and still wimpy.

Greg is older now, and ready to ask a girl out, while at the same time his dad wants him to toughen up a bit and is ready to send him to military academy - a place where Greg definitely doesn't want to be in.

Among these important events in Greg's life, there are many hickups and funny things (like being thrown out of the hotel room only in his underwear, his feelings about doing the laundry and so much more.

While I had a few less giggles when reading this book, overall the humor was still there. Of course with Greg a bit older, the situations are a bit different too. Still, a wonderful read.

Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book #4)

Greg is a real geek, an unsocial guy in the making. While everyone is out enjoying the summer holidays, Greg is having fun with his everplaying video games and watching horror movies with his best friend - or at least that's how he things he will spend his summer vacation with his friend Rowley.

Unfortunately for Greg, his mom's ideas of summer holidays are a bit different, however.

At the same time Greg has a birthday coming, an event that will go awfully wrong as well. I really had a blast reading this part - actually reading the whole book.

There are many funny scenes, like when he has to pass through the men's shower room at the pool (won't give out details), and what changes his mind to actually go there every day.

Or the scene about using Christmas napkins as toilet paper...

I'm glad that the author hasn't lost the humor in the book. While the third one in the series was a bit more dry, here we have the unpopular Greg back with all the things that keep happening to him, without being able to do anything about it at all.

The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book #5)

Greg is growing and finds himself in all sorts of 'grown-up like' situations that he's struggling to deal with. Why can't he just remain a small boy?

Finally Greg is no longer friend with Rowley, so now each of them has to go out and find some other friends, which Rowley seems to be able to do quite easily, making Greg quite jealous of it.

Oh I loved the scene about Greg thinking that he's going to a boy girl party (he is becoming, afteral a groomsman), but his illusions are dearly shattered. He's only a flower boy, and the girl boy party, well, let's just say it doesn't turn out the way he wants.

Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book #6)

The 6th book in the series finds Greg being a major suspect for vandalizing some school property. In addition it is winter and he has the job of shoveling the driveway of a friend - and how he tackles of issue of the never ending snow.

I think this is the first book where I didn't find myself laughing all the time. It was a good book, but maybe the author is kind of burned out, and it shows. The storyline is a bit disjointed, and you felt more like chuckling now and then rather than outright laughing loud in a way that would annoy neighbors.

Still a good read, and if you've read so far the previous books, it's worth reading it, afterall it's rather a short book, to be finished in a few hours tops.

The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book #7)

In The Third Wheel Greg has the hots for Holly and he wants to asker her out at the next schoo dance. But what do you know, his old friend Rowly asks her finally out since he was too shy to do it.. Of course this doesn't sit well with Greg...

After a lot of funny adventures, he ends up dancing with Abigail. During a slow dance, he notices a zit on her chin, and freaks out, thinking she's got the chicken pox. I really really loved this scene, it was one of the most hilarious ones in the book.

So far this is the last book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and I loved each of them. I forgot for a little while that I'm an adult, and I felt like a kid again while reading the books.

If you like funny books, lough out moments and don't feel weird about reading kids books, I suggest you read this entire series, you won't regret it, no matter what age you are at the moment.

Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book #8)

Hard Luck is the 8th book in the fun kid series. It is a sad day for Greg Heffley when his best friend, Rowley simply gives him the boot. Now he's all alone and in he awkward position to find new friends.

Throughout the book he tries and keeps trying, all without luck. And you know how kids of this age need a good friend. They can't rely on their parents to be their best friends (parents don't believe or trust them), and life without a friend is just not the same. I mean how can one become popular without friends?

After lots of trials and unsuccessful tribulations, Greg leaves it all the chance. The dice should finally change his luck to good fortunes.

The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book #9)

The latest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid follows Greg and his family on the road. The book is out end of 2014.

The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book is not actually part of the series, however it's a great addition to any Wimpy Kid lover, and it makes a cute gift too.

This is basically a journal that your child can start writing and filling in with his or her own drawings. It's an activity journal and many parents actually encourage their kids to start using.

For example there are lists to be made, questions to answer, drawings to make, a novel to start...many things that can really jump start the creativity of any child. I recommend this, especially if you have in your family a true Wimpy Kid fan!

Gifts For Kids

If your kid is fond of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you have their gifts already sorted out. There are tons of accessories for kids who love it, including:

* action figures

* additional supplementary books

* movies

* bookmarks

* audiobooks

* posters

* wall calendars

* Christmas stockings

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - The Movies

So how many diary of a wimpy kid movies are there? Currently there are 3 made movies based on the first 3 books. If your kid hasn't seen the movies yet, all three are great and worth watching. And they make great presents for them as well - how about watching the movies with the entire family as a quality time spent together?

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - First Movie

The first movie was made based on the first book. Greg is played by Zachary Gordon and he is playing the nerdy and weird role quite well.

While I did find myself laughing out loud more in the book, the film had also its funny moments. Recommended.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Second Movie)

The second movie was based on the second book in the popular kids book series.

I think this second movie is best than the first, it's really full of funny moments, and you'll get to see things that kids nowaydays don't get to see so often - roller skating scenes. I liked it as I actually grew up in the 70s, so I had a few memorable flashbacks.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Third Movie)

The third movie, based on the third book in the series, is also a great one to watch with the entire family gathered around the TV.

Just like in the book, here Greg is in his summer holidays dreaming away at his dark days spent in his room with his video games. And again, as in the book, things don't quite turn out the way he things they would.

A laugh out loud kind of movie, I loved it. I hope there will be more done soon.

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      6 years ago

      The Wimpy Kids series is the current craze for my 8 year old and he can't stop at one. Has completed the series and now wants the movies as birthday gift.

    • chocochipchip profile image


      6 years ago

      Great series

    • DuaneJ profile image


      6 years ago

      I love this series of books!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      These have been popular at my house, especially for one of my kids who doesn't like to read.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      My kids loved The Wimpy Kid books. I was especially happy that my son, who is not really into reading, enjoyed the series.

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      6 years ago

      I think the most lovely part is the activity diary. My daughter will fill it in a day, and will want another... I suppose:)

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      6 years ago

      My kids have a few of these books and love them! :)


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