The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

shelved under Children's Books

Generally suited for kids ages 8 to 14 (generally boys, but who's to say?), this series of books/comics/graphic novels do a marvelous job of capturing the trials and travails of the on-the-cusp-of-teendom protagonist. It's been a while since I was this age, but from dealing with the "wrestling unit" in gym to pondering the mysteries of Junior High School popularity to the endless torture of siblings, the author gets it pitch-perfect.

P.S. As always, here at Flashlight Worthy we don't rely on Amazon ratings as the sole indicator of excellence, but when you see every book in the series with a perfect 5-star rating... each with between 50 and 200 reviews... well, that tells you something.


#1: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kinney

D. Scott from Athens, GA says:

This series was the bestselling one at our school's last two book fairs. The kids love them and actually read them, which is a great thing!

This book also appears on Books to Inspire Book-Loving Boys


#2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

by Jeff Kinney

Karyn says:

I have not read this book, but as a second grade teacher this book often has to be confiscated due to its distracting nature in class. Often there is a crowd of boys surrounding a worn copy. These books travel with us to lunch, recess, computer, etc. If you want to give an eight year old boy a book they will not put down, you have found it here!


#3: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

by Jeff Kinney

Cameron & Mom says:

"I really liked it because I thought it was very funny and I thought it was the last book, but it wasn't." - Cameron, an 8 1/2 year old boy and the reader of the book.

"I did not read the book, but my son loves this series. He is a very big reader anyway, but these books are something new and he read each of them in a day." - Monica, Mom of Cameron


#4: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

by Jeff Kinney

Kristen Gladden says:

Kinney strikes again in his fourth installment of in the Wimpy Kid series starring the hapless Greg Heffley. As Greg looks forward to the dog days of summer glued to his video games, his mom has something else planned—a family retreat. Tweens won’t be let down as they will be eager to follow Greg and his vacation shenanigans.

This book also appears on The Best Tween Books of 2009


Bonus: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

by Jeff Kinney

Cameron & Mom says:

I liked this book because you get to write your own story and play games in it. You also get to write your own life story. — Cameron, 8 1/2 year old boy My son was excited to get this. Since the books are a combination of drawing and writing, this do-it-yourself book should help children use their imagination and create their own life story. — Monica, Mom of Cameron