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A New ‘Wimpy Kid’ Book Is Coming – Here’s The Complete Series To Read First

Does your child love Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? Does he or she know a new book hits shelves soon?

Here’s the complete list of Wimpy Kid books to get your kids hooked on the series.

Does your child love Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? Does he or she own the entire series?

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

Wimpy Kid Books Complete Series

As of October 2020, there are 15 main series books with a 16th book coming in October 2021. The Deep End is the most recent.

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 (Wimpy Kid #1)

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

Rodrick Rules (Wimpy Kid #2)

As Greg enters the new school year, he’s 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.

The Last Straw (Wimpy Kid #3)

Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s 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 father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to a military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out.

Dog Days (Wimpy Kid #4)

It’s summer vacation, the weather’s great, and all the kids are having fun outside. So where’s 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 Greg’s mom has a different vision for an ideal summer . . . one packed with outdoor activities and family togetherness.

The Ugly Truth (Wimpy Kid #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.

Cabin Fever (Wimpy Kid #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?

The Third Wheel (Wimpy Kid #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?

Hard Luck (Wimpy Kid #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?

The Long Haul (Wimpy Kid #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 are not exactly Greg Heffley’s 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.

Old School (Wimpy Kid #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?

Double Down (Wimpy Kid #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 that’s not scary enough, Halloween is just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.

The Getaway (Wimpy Kid #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.

The Meltdown (Wimpy Kid #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.

It’s 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?

Wrecking Ball (Wimpy Kid #14)

In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house.

But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up.

Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?

The Deep End (Wimpy Kid #15)

In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ​ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they’re already in too deep.

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 Haul and Diary 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, the 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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