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A New ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Book Is Coming – Here’s The Complete Series To Read Before ‘The Meltdown’

Does your child love Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? Does he or she know a new book hits shelves on October 30th?

Wimpy Kid Books: The Complete List

Does your child love Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? Does he or she know a new book hits shelves on October 30th?

The Diary of Wimpy Kid is a beloved books series from author Jeff Kinney.

In 1998, Kinney came up with the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a story about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley.

Kinney worked on his book for almost eight years before showing it to a publisher. Before that, the University of Maryland alum posted his original Wimpy Kid cartoon online.

The online versions of Diary of a Wimpy Kid have more than 100 million visits since that time.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has remained on the New York Times bestseller lists since the publication of the first book.

That’s more than 600 weeks in total! The Wimpy Kid books are available in 63 editions in 56 languages.

Not so wimpy after all.

There are 13 Wimpy Kid books, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown, in the series.There are four additional books dedicated to the life of Greg Heffley – The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Special Cheesiest Edition.

Here’s a quick overview of every book in the Wimpy Kid series, including the new book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid(Book #1)

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowleys star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friends newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Book #2)

As Greg enters the new school year, hes eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular. Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book #3)

Lets face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Gregs father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other manly endeavors.

Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his fathers efforts to change him. But when Gregs dad threatens to send him to a military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out.

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

Its summer vacation, the weathers great, and all the kids are having fun outside. So wheres Greg Heffley? Inside his house, playing video games with the shades drawn.

Greg, a self-confessed indoor person, is living out his ultimate summer fantasy: no responsibilities and no rules. But Gregs mom has a different vision for an ideal summer . . . one packed with outdoor activities and family togetherness.

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

In his latest diary, the fifth in the mega-best-selling Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley, star of page and screen, proves indisputably that when it comes right down to it, middle-schoolers are just a bunch of wild animals.

Its a jungle out there for sure, and the key components are farting, pimples, family gatherings, headgear, fatherly homework help, a lousy aim in the bathroom, and, of course, girls.

Greg’s main focus as the school year gets underway is replacing his best friend, Rowley, with whom he had a falling out over the summer.

Although he has not reached full-blown puberty quite yet, Greg feels as if he’s hit his childhood expiration date, and when you’re no longer a cute kid, nothing is as easy as it used to be.


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

Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.

The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?

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

A dance at Greg’s middle school has everyone scrambling to find a partner, and Greg is determined not to be left by the wayside. So he concocts a desperate plan to find someone anyone to go with on the big night.

But Greg’s schemes go hilariously awry, and his only option is to attend the dance with his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, and a female classmate as a “group of friends.” But the night is long, and anything can happen along the way.

Who will arrive at the dance triumphantly, and who will end up being the third wheel?

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

Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

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

A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig not exactly Greg Heffleys idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (Book #10)

Life was better in the old days. Or was it?

That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.

With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going old school just too hard for a kid like Greg?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (Book #11)

The pressures really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his creative side.

As if thats not scary enough, Halloweens just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (Book #12)

Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (Book #13)

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

Its a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

Wimpy Kid Books (Non-Series)

  1. Check out The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book
  2. Read the The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary
  3. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Special Cheesiest Edition

There are even five movies dedicated to Greg Heffley and his life as a wimpy kid. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1,2 and 3,Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long HaulandDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.

Books Like Wimpy Kid Series

If you’re a parent on the hunt for books just like the Wimpy Kid series, here are some other titles to consider buying your kids.

  • Dork Diaries: Dork Diaries chronicles the oh-so-fabulous life of Nikki Maxwell as she navigates the halls of middle school, mean girls, BFF drama and first crushes.
  • Dog Man: New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it’s Dog Man, the #1New York Timesbestselling, crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! And he’s ready to take on Petey the Cat, the felonious feline who’s always hacking up harebrained schemes.
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants: George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!
  • Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja: My name is Chase Cooper, and I’m a 6th-grade ninja. It’s my first day at a different school and the only person I know is my cousin, Zoe (but she might be a little too cool for me). I was just another scrawny kid until a group of ninjas recruited me into their clan.


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