Diary of a Wimpy Kid free PDF by Jeff Kinney – Diary of A Wimpy Kid is a series of fiction books written by the American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. All the main books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. Befitting a teen’s diary, the books are filled with hand-written notes and simple drawings of Greg’s daily adventures.
Summary of Diary of A Wimpy Kid PDF
Greg Heffley’s mother gives him a notebook to write and draw in when he starts his final year of middle school, and this book is the result of those recordings. Greg starts his journal by describing the other students and assessing middle school popularity, which is a quality he will be looking for throughout the year. He narrates a story about an old slice of cheese that was left on a basketball court outside. Anyone who touches the cheese will be cursed and shunned. Greg introduces his older brother, Rodrick, who plays the drums in a heavy metal band and teases Greg mercilessly; his younger brother, Manny, who is treated like a prince; and his best buddy, Rowley. Despite his father’s constant encouragement to spend more time outside, Greg is “very good” at video games. Greg is found using headphones to listen to Rodrick’s CDs with parental warning labels and is sentenced to a video game ban. Greg campaigns for class treasurer at school, but the vice principal throws his offensive posters in the trash.
Greg and Rowley build their own haunted home in Rowley’s basement in October, inspired by a haunted house in town. When one of the terrified children crawls under the bed, Rowley’s father discovers the boys and orders the haunted house to be shut down and Rowley to be grounded for a week. Later, when trick-or-treating, Greg and Rowley are soaked by a gang of high teenagers in a vehicle (known as the Whirley Street Kids). The youths pursue Greg and Rowley after they threaten to call the cops. They hide at Greg’s Gramma’s house, but when Greg’s mother demands that they return, Greg’s father soaks them in the driveway.
Greg’s physical education teacher announces a wrestling unit in November, and the boys are partnered by weight, which means Greg will battle another lightweight named Fregley. Greg wants to increase his weight class, so he asks his parents to help him with a bench press. They, on the other hand, prefer to wait until Christmas to buy one. Greg’s mother forces him to audition for The Wizard of Oz, in which he is cast as a tree. The play turns out to be a flop. Greg requests the computer game Twisted Wizard for Christmas, and the family purchases a red sweater for a church Giving Tree program. Greg received a bench press for Christmas, but he is uninterested in using it. Mom also gives Greg the red sweater intended for the Giving Tree by accident. Greg gave Rowley a child’s Big Wheel and an L’il Cutie book he received (but disliked) for Christmas. Greg is sent to bed early on New Year’s Eve after teasing Manny.
Greg and Rowley devise a Big Wheel game in which Greg throws a football at Rowley while he rides down a hill in January. Rowley, unfortunately, fractures his hand and receives a great deal of compassion and attention at school. Greg enrolls in Independent Study, and his class is tasked with building a robot; however, the session is canceled after the lads compile a list of all the words the robot should not speak. Greg and Rowley volunteer to walk kindergarteners home halfway through the day as part of the Safety Patrol program. It snows in February, and Greg and Rowley attempt to break the world record for the highest snowman, but are ambushed by the Whirley Street youngsters. Greg and Rowley produce cartoons that end with “Zoo-Wee Mama!” when the school paper needs a new cartoonist. Greg constructs his own persona, Creighton the Cretin, and submits multiple samples before winning the job. Mr. Ira, on the other hand, transforms Greg’s masterpiece into a math-themed comic.
Greg chases the kindergarteners with a worm on a stick in March, and Rowley is held responsible. When Greg is undecided about confessing, Rowley tells the truth. Greg is dismissed from the Safety Patrol, while Rowley is promoted. Collin Lee, Rowley’s new best friend, arrives in April. Greg goes to Fregley’s place for an overnight when Rowley has a sleepover with Collin, but it goes badly. Greg determines that he wants to be known as Class Clown during this period.
When Greg’s history instructor announces that they will have a substitute in May, he sees an opportunity to pull a practical joke, but his plan backfires when his mother turns there and embarrasses him. With “Zoo-Wee Mama!” Rowley becomes the new cartoonist for the school paper. Rowley and Greg almost fight on the playground when Greg confronts him about stealing his idea. Rowley is forced to eat the cheese from the basketball court by the Halloween teenagers. When someone finds the cheese is missing the next day, Greg takes the fall. Greg and Rowley rekindle their friendship in June. Greg throws his yearbook in the trash on the last day of school, when Rowley is named Class Clown.
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Since the release of the online version in May 2004, most of the books have garnered positive reviews and commercial success. As of February 2008, it has been purchased one million times.
The first, second, fourth, and ninth installments have been adapted into films by 20th Century Fox. Diary of A Wimpy Kid PDF
The website Poptropica released islands in the theme of Diary of a Wimpy Kid called Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk, both of which credit Kinney in an ambiguous contributor’s role.
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Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Jeff Kinney
Question: Given all the jobs that you have–game designer, fatherhood, Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie work, etc.,–do you have a certain time that you set aside to write?
Kinney: I still treat writing like a hobby, working mostly at night and sometimes on weekends. But when a deadline looms my hobby time gets extended into the wee hours of the night. It’s not uncommon for me to work until 4:00 a.m., and I’m usually back at work by 9:00 a.m.
Q: Did you get to choose which character you would play in the Wimpy Kid films (Mr. Hills)? What do you enjoy most about working on the movies?
Kinney: I never any real desire to appear in the Wimpy Kid films, but one day my wife encouraged me to be an extra in one of the crowd scenes. So I walked onto the set, ready to ask the assistant director to put me somewhere in the back. It happened that right at that moment the director was looking for someone to play the role of Mr. Hills, Holly Hills’s father. What I didn’t realize was that I’d be front and center in the church scene, and in the new movie, I’m even more prominent. I’m incredibly self-conscious so appearing on-camera was a real stretch for me.
Q: In 2009 Time magazine named you as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World–what’s the first thing you did after you found out?
Kinney: I thought it was a practical joke, so I tried to track down the source of the joke. I eventually reached a voicemail of a reporter who said they worked for Time, and at that point I thought it was just a well-planned practical joke. It took me a while to realize it was for real. It was a big honor, but I don’t take it very seriously. I’m the fourth most influential person in my own house.
Q: Would you ever consider making Wimpy Kid into a newspaper comic strip or creating another one? Do you have any favorite comic strips that you currently read?
Kinney: I’ve considered it. I set out to become a newspaper cartoonist but failed to break in. But I like the freedom books give me, so it would be tough to cram my ideas into three or four panels.
Q: What is (or could be) you motto in life?
Kinney: I was inspired to write by a Benjamin Franklin quote: “Well done is better than well said.” But I always encourage kids to “create something great,” because the tools to create something original and find an audience are available to them like never before.
Q: What was your favorite year in school, and why?
Kinney: Fifth grade was my favorite year. I had a great teacher, Mrs. Norton, who encouraged me to be funny and challenged me to be a better artist and joke-teller than I was. I liked it that she didn’t coddle me.
Q: Kids now ask for a book that is “like Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and with this series you’ve created a whole new subset of books for young readers–how does it feel to be the person behind such massive book enjoyment, reaching reluctant readers, and spawning any number of titles that aspire to be “the next Wimpy Kid?”
Kinney: I’m happy that kids are reading. I think graphical books reach kids who might otherwise see books as work. Books should be fun!
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Kinney’s popular Web comic, which began in 2004, makes its way to print as a laugh-out-loud “novel in cartoons,” adapted from the series. Middle school student Greg Heffley takes readers through an academic year’s worth of drama. Greg’s mother forces him to keep a diary (“I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I specifically told her to get one that didn’t say ‘diary’ on it”), and in it he loosely recounts each day’s events, interspersed with his comic illustrations. Kinney has a gift for believable preteen dialogue and narration (e.g., “Don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that”), and the illustrations serve as a hilarious counterpoint to Greg’s often deadpan voice. Diary of A Wimpy Kid PDF
The hero’s utter obliviousness to his friends and family becomes a running joke. For instance, on Halloween, Greg and his best friend, Rowley, take refuge from some high school boys at Greg’s grandmother’s house; they taunt the bullies, who then T.P. her house. Greg’s journal entry reads, “I do feel a little bad, because it looked like it was gonna take a long time to clean up. But on the bright side, Gramma is retired, so she probably didn’t have anything planned for today anyway.” Kinney ably skewers familiar aspects of junior high life, from dealing with the mysteries of what makes someone popular to the trauma of a “wrestling unit” in gym class. His print debut should keep readers in stitches, eagerly anticipating Greg’s further adventures. Ages 8-13. (Apr.)
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Review – Diary of A Wimpy Kid PDF
My 6 year old son began reading “Wimpy Kid” books just as he was learning to read. Many times I would allow him to read before bed and would hear him laughing hysterically in his room. Now, 7 years old, he has read all of them and often will pick them up and read them again. They are silly, but the appeal to his age demographic was actually amazing to me. I didn’t have to make him read… he wanted to read. And he loved them all. I would recommend the entire series to any parent of a child who is learning and becoming comfortable with reading comprehension.
About the Author
Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. The 11th book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, will release on November 1, 2016. The first-ever theatrical adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid was staged by the prestigious Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company from April to June, 2016. It earned rave critical reviews and had sold out shows. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. Jeff spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. He lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, Massachusetts, where he owns a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.
Author: Jeff Kinney
Genre: Comedy, Young adult fiction
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: April 1, 2007
Cover artist: Jeff Kinney; Chad W. Beckerman