REVIEW: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 by Jeff Kinney

Originally published on 2015-01-15: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – 2015 TBR Pile Challenge Review #1

When I couldn’t get through the first book on my Roof Beam Reader 2015 Challenge List, I selected Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 by Jeff Kinney as my first alternate read. I put this on my list because I had considered letting my eight-year-old daughter read it, but I wasn’t sure if I would be comfortable with the content, as it is listed as 5th grade level.

cover of children's book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1 by Jeff Kinney


The main character, Greg, is probably your typical eleven-year-old. Bullied by his older brother and annoyed by his younger brother, he’s often left feeling put out in the middle. His best friend, Rowley, is a likable dimwit.

His mother tries very hard to make him a “well-rounded” person (his emphasis), which at times can be a burden to Greg, who wants nothing to do with personal growth unless it will get him out of doing schoolwork or win him the attentions of a girl.

This makes him borderline unlikable, but at his age, I don’t think many people really are that likable, so I cut him some slack.

My Rating

not unpleasant

What did I think about the book? It was cute. And it was just fine for an eight-year-old to read. I prefer for my daughter to read books with less pictures, but I won’t hold it against the author; the subtitle is, after all, “A Novel in Cartoons,” so it was to be expected.

Overall, I think this series has probably shaped up to be a well-loved one by mid-grade readers. I give it three out of five stars, and I’ll be handing this off to my daughter the next time she says she’s out of books to read.

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