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Jeffrey Kinney is an American New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist famed for creating the Diary of a Wimpy Kid; a book series for children.

Born and raised in Maryland, he attended Potomac Landing Elementary School and Bishop McNamara High School before joining University of Maryland, College Park in the early 1990s.

Jeff came up with the idea for the series in 1998; working on it for nearly eight years before submitting it to a New York publisher.

The series has been published into 200 million print copies worldwide and translated into 61 languages.

Jeff currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

More about Jeff Kinney

Website: https://wimpykid.com

Born: 1971

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a Novel in Cartoons (2007)
  2. Diary of a Wimpey Kid: Roderick Rules (2008)
  3. Diary of Wimpy Kid. The Last Straw (2009)
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009)
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010)
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011)
  7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (2012)
  8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (2013)
  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2014)
  10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School (2015)
  11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (2016)
  12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (2017)
  13. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown (2018)
  14. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (2019)
  15. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (2011)
  16. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (2012)
  17. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal (2019)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a Novel in Cartoons

Greg Heffley finds himself hauled into middle school in the beginning of a new school year.

It’s a place where short weaklings use the same hallways as kids who are a lot taller, more malicious, and have even began shaving; practically growing up before they are ready.

In his first part of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg enjoys the company of his sidekick, Rowley.

And when Rowley gains popularity, Greg tries to use his best friend's fame to his own advantage; triggering a series of events that will put their friendship to the test in the most hilarious of ways.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn
Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0810987586
Publisher: Amulet Books; First Paperback Edition edition
Diary of a Wimpey Kid: Roderick Rules

“Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.”

Greg Heffley certainly doesn’t want to talk about how he spent his summer vacation.

So when he starts the new school year, he just can’t wait to forget what happened over the last three months; one event to be precise.

Regrettably for him, Rodrick—his older brother—knows all about what happened.

In this second installation of the series, Greg tries to go steer through middle school, impress the girls, avoid the school talent show, and most of all, keep his secret hidden.

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0141324913
Publisher: Puffin Books
Diary of Wimpy Kid. The Last Straw

“Let's face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg's father.”

Convinced that his son can still toughen up, Frank Heffley enrolls Greg in organized sports and other activities by and large considered "manly".

When Greg effortlessly manages to circumvent his dad’s efforts to change him, he is threatened by the option of a military academy.

It’s only until then that he acknowledges that he has to toughen up or get shipped out!

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0141324920
Publisher: Penguin
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Greg Heffley is a self-professed "indoor person".

So when other kids enjoy having outdoor fun in the summer heat, Greg is inside the house, shades drawn, and playing video games.

With no responsibilities and no rules whatsoever, he seems to be fulfilling his summer fantasy.

Until his mom comes up with her version of what should be an ideal summer; one that entails outdoor activities and "family togetherness."

Who will have their way?

Could everything perhaps change when a new member joins the Heffley family?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Director: David Bowers
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn
Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-0141340548
Publisher: Puffin Books; 1 edition
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

“Greg Heffley couldn’t wait to grow up. But is getting older really all it's cracked up to be?”

Greg soon has to learn how to deal with the pressures of boy-girl parties, compounding responsibilities, and even the weird changes that come with getting older.

Even worse is that he has to go through it all on his own without the help of Rowley, his best friend.

Can Greg make it without anyone by his side? Or will he eventually have to face the "ugly truth"?

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0141340821
Publisher: Puffin Books; 2000 edition
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

"Greg Heffley is in a world of trouble."

Wimpy Greg is considered the primary suspect when school property is vandalized.

The crazy part however is that he is innocent...well, sort of!

When an unexpected blizzard however hits, Greg is temporarily spared from facing the authorities as his family is forced to stay indoors.

Nevertheless, Greg knows all too well that he will have to face the consequences once the snow melts.

But is there a punishment worse than being stuck indoors with your family for the holidays?

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0141343006
Publisher: Puffin
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

“Love is in the air—but what does that mean for Greg Heffley?”

Greg's world has been turned on its head by a Valentine's Day dance at middle school.

As he races against time to find a date, he can’t help but worry that he will be left out in the cold on the big night.

Rowley, his best friend, doesn't look like he will find a date either, but that simply isn’t enough of a consolation for Greg.

An unforeseen turn of events however sees Greg get a date for the dance, as Rowley is left out.

A lot can however take place in one night. And when all is said and done, someone is going to be lucky in love.

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1419705847
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

Nothing seems to be going right for Greg Heffley at the moment.

Rowley Jefferson, his best friend, has deserted him, and making new friends in middle school is becoming quite the challenge.

In one final act of faith, Greg resorts to leaving everything else to chance.

Will things get better with a roll of the dice? Or is Greg surely poised for another upsetting phase in his life story?

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0141355481
Publisher: Puffin
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

“A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys.”

Gas station bathrooms, wildly out of control seagulls, a fender bender and a pig on the run; a promising journey quickly takes several wrong turns.

It’s not exactly what Greg Heffley envisioned as having a good time.

What Greg however doesn’t know is that even the most dreadful road trip can unexpectedly turn into an adventure.

And for the Heffleys, this outing will be one for the history books!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Director: David Bowers
Cast: Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tyler Branscum
Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0141354224
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

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

Greg Heffley finds himself asking this question when his town willingly unplugs and goes electronics-free.

The modern life however comes with its fair share of comfort; something Greg isn’t just ready to give up yet.

With uneasiness growing inside his family home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is he just not cut out for the “old school” life?

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1419719615
Publisher: Amulet Books
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down
Greg Heffley is beginning to feel the pressure.

His only talent and passion is playing video games, but his parents want him to do something, anything, for himself.

So when he comes across an old video camera in his basement, Greg reckons he could very well have discovered something that could prove that he has an incredible talent.

He thus comes up with the idea of making a scary movie; but not without the help of his best friend, Rowley.

Seeing that he wants to become rich and famous in the process, is fully focusing on movie-making a smart move? Or is he just setting himself up for more troubles?
Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0141379029
Publisher: Puffin
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

The Heffleys are looking to head out of town.

Desperate to evade the cold weather and the pressures of the holiday season on the horizon, they take off to a tropical island resort to relax.

A couple of days in an island paradise should certainly help Greg and his exhausted family to reenergize.

But with sun poisoning, running stomachs and venomous creatures all over the place, the tropical island isn’t what they signed up for.

Can their much needed holiday still be saved, or will it end up being a complete disaster?

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0241344279
Publisher: Puffin Books Penguin Random House UK
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown

A wintry battlefield if formed in Greg Heffley's neighborhood after his middle school is shut down due to a snowstorm.

Legendary snowball fights take place as rival groups build huge snow forts and fight over territory.

In the midst of it all is Greg and his best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

It’s survival of the fittest as the two friends shift alliances in what is complete chaos in the neighborhood.

In the aftermath of the snowstorm, will Greg and Rowley become the heroes? Will they even live to see another day?

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1419736421
Publisher: Amulet Books
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

In this fourteenth book of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, the Heffleys fortunes change for the better.

A surprise inheritance presents them with a chance of undertaking major improvements to their home, only for them to realize that construction isn’t as smooth as they thought.

From rotten wood to toxic mold, and critters of all sorts, Greg and his family start questioning whether the refurbishment is worth all the trouble.

When things get worse, will the Heffleys be able to stay, or will they be forced to move into another home?

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1419739033
Publisher: Amulet Books
The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

“Now you can write your own bestseller!”

Isn’t it exciting that you get to the author, illustrator, and main character in The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book?

With several interactive pages and a lot of space to write your own life's story, you won’t need anything more when wanting to create your own work of art.

And when you finish, just make sure you keep it somewhere safe and secure.

This book is going to be worth a fortune when you finally become rich and famous!

It includes 32 pages of full-color comics!

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0141339665
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK); Re-issue edition
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary

Ever wondered how a movie gets made?

Celebrated author and illustrator Jeff Kinney didn’t know how they are made either.

It’s only until his bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series was adapted into a live-action movie by 20th Century Fox, that he learned how books come alive in the form of major motion pictures.

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary is a collection of photographs, script pages, storyboard sketches, costume designs, and original art by Jeff Kinney.

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1419706424
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal

This is an entirely different look into Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

Greg Heffley documented his middle-school years for thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals (and counting).

For the first time however, readers are treated to Rowley Jefferson’s point of view.

In this book, Greg’s best friend writes about his experiences in a journal of his own.

Author: Jeff Kinney
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07MBHVFN5
Publisher: Puffin