Top 10 Best Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books

The Top Ten
1 Cabin Fever

This to me is Jeff Kinney's best work. I only wish he could return to his original form. Nothing has been the same since he released this book, and everything after pales in comparison to it. It has the best moments among characters in my opinion. Greg and Rowley's chemistry in the book is the best here, as well as between his family. Manny in the previous entries has come off as annoying, and in some ways unneeded, however here, he establishes himself as being an enjoyable character to see despite what he may have caused his family.

The events that take place within the book are the best here. The stakes are high, while not being over the top like newer entries of the series. Greg's newspaper, and him and Rowley's holiday bazaar were fantastic story elements. The individual stories as well that happen overtime come off as realistic, and believable as well as enjoyable to read all at the same time.

The writing has never been better. The stories build up, and central plot ...more

Cabin Fever is a fantastic book! It really showcases the chemistry between Greg and Rowley with the Holiday Bazaar. The tension building up in the second half with the snow-storm and the newspaper article had me flying through pages. To top it all off, the end of the book really establishes what we've been looking forward to all 200 so pages and we see all loose-ends finally unite for Christmas. Such a magical story, but sadly, it's never been the same after this one.

Ok, I'm 15 years old, and I may have been a long-time fan of the series, since 2007 or 2008, but I have gotten way too old for the series, and I've read all the books, to realize how terrible this series is nowadays. Here is how I would see the book.

1. The Original Book - Not too bad of a book, but the plot is stupid. 7/10
2. Rodrick Rules - Better, and the best in the series. - 8/10
3. The Last Straw - Not terrible, but he tries to send a kid to military school because he was weak, and it was not nearly as funny as the first two books. - 6/10
4. Dog Days - I honestly think they should've ended with The Last Straw, but still ok, I guess. - 5.5/10
5. The Ugly Truth - Just not a good book, really stupid. - 4/10
6. Cabin Fever - I guess it doesn't suck nearly as much as The Ugly Truth. - 5/10
7. The Third Wheel - Only one good part where his mom comes to school to embarrass him. The rest of the book was garbage. - 4/10
8. Hard Luck - The last book in the ...more

Easily the most re-readable book in the series. The Christmas theme is nailed perfectly in this book. I want Disney to make this a movie (FOX bought by Disney) and I know they will do it perfectly! This has some of the funniest moments in the series from Manny Turing off the power to the Santa's scout following Greg around. Overall the best book.

2 Rodrick Rules

Well I like almost every part of this book. The starting of this book is really great when his dad thinks that he is destined to be a great swimmer and what all he does in the swimming school is really funny. And the Mum Bucks and all are just really creative. His friend Rowley really does it for this book. Everything else like the party, the projects that he does etc. are all amazing. I really think that this one needs to be at the top of the list.

Rodrick is awesome. I like him the best that's because I like rodrick rules the book and the movie. I agree with the person who said rodrick rules is the funniest. it should be number 1 that's right number 1 it is the best diary of a wimpy kid book ever ps Rodrick does rules

This is such a good book. I don't know how Cabin fever is even CLOSE to this one. I've read every single diary of a wimpy kid book except for 'the sticker book' and 'big nate' I have read a big nate book, yet it is not part of the wimpy kid series, but its good. anyways, none even come close to bein better than this. the plants sneezing and dancing mom really make this good. no great. no awesome. no, aww... just forget it

I think this is the best because its funny how at the end, (spoiler alert! ) rodrick uses a old project! Funny stuff!

3 The Last Straw

I just don't know how I'm going to say this. In fact, I haven't even read that book before. It's just that I'm promised a book trade to Edgar, my friend, -Rodrick Rules for The Last Straw and I'm hoping that I've made a good decision. I also love the cover of the book as I find it more humorous and interesting than any other Wimpy Kid Books.

This one is superb, every thing was super great, it is funny when he is in church and also when he starts soccer, and valentines day, and when he was at the Snella party and his pants fall of the tree and his Wonder Woman underwear are and video tape. It was also funny when he was locked out of the hotel in his tighty whities.

I read these books for their story, but mainly for the brand of comedy that goes into the story perfectly, this has got to be the funniest one by far.

I loved the scene where Greg's dad scared Greg into staying in bed by telling him that he was going to run into Shel Silverstein in the hallway if he got up again.

4 Dog Days

It's hilarious, and I also think the Third Wheel should be at number 2, so I'll make it like this:
1. Dog Days
2. The Third Wheel
3. Cabin Fever
4. The Last Straw
5. The Ugly Truth
6. Rodrick Rules (The movie rocks! )
7. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
8. Do it yourself book
9. Movie Diary
First I thought Dog Days would be my least favorite but I slap myself in the face, pow, pow, it's my favorite, impressive comedy, and the dog was funny, the Cranium Shaker was awesome, I haven't seen the movie Dog Days, but I sill for sure.

I like the part were Greg and Rowley camp out at a video game store to go to a video gaming tournament and Rowley wins and instead of entering for the tournament he grabs a box of chocolate raisens. I like the muddy hand also. The beach part is funny. And when he gets hair cuts at the lady salon he starts to go crazy of tabloids. It is also funny when their dog

Easily the best Diary of a Wimpy Kid book because it makes the most sense to it's necessarily young readers. Basically, the summer goes by quickly and you need to make the most of it.

I think I have read all of them, and this one is just an all around great book. But my favorite, would probably be The Third Wheel, this, then Cabin Fever.

5 The Long Haul

This was my favorite one out of the entire series. It was nice, because it used the new idea of a road trip. It's way better than Rodrick Rules, which was horrible, and I hope This book gets past Rodrick Rules.

I love the ones that take place in the summer, and my favorite used to be dog days. But this one was so exiting and funny that I HAD to promote it to the top of the list.

I thought this book was extremely relatable, it almost reminded me of "National Lampoon's Vacation" in the form of a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, with disaster after disaster.

The Best One by Far! So Funny! I also love how it has more of a plot line than the other books did as the whole book is about their road trip to Disney World instead of many different things

6 Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This one is great because it is the maiden voyage of the series. It has some awesome Christmas features, and Halloween features. I like the school play and when he beans Patty Farrel in the head with an apple. It also has great comics in it to.

This is my second favorite. It establishes the good of the series, and has very little bad. The Halloween chapters are some of my favorite in the series, nothing like those chapters have been done since.

I loved the diary of a wimpy kid books. This was the first one I read and I instantly fell in love with it. From there in went on to read the rest of the books.

This book introduces the whole of Greg's first year at middle school, and it is written according to months. Good plot and it is filled with humor.

7 Hard Luck

The first Wimpy Kid book I ever read, it will always have a special place in my heart. It was also very easy to pick up as someone who hadn't read the books before it in the series. It was also quite funny, and the magic 8 ball jokes and Uncle Gary plotline were quite good too.

I like what books he finds in his mother's closet. People who haven't read this book, I deeply suggest it. Wait until this part and the part when they talk about the Easter egg hunt!

I think this book is the best Diary of a Wimpy Kid book that Jeff Kinney ever made. It is really funny and just a lot of greatness. For me 1 out of Infinity I would give this an Infinity+. And this is just what I think. Here is a list of the books that I like...
1. Hard Luck
2. Cabin Fever
3. The Ugly Truth

After the book third wheel jeff kinney went back to what made diary of a wimpy kid diary of a wimpy and blew us out of the park. this one should at least be top 3, I can clearly remember everything that happened.

8 Old School

Great book! They kept it nice and simple, and I finished it in like an hour! It was an improvement from the Long Haul, which I thought was the worst book of the series because it was way too plot focused (Rowley appeared like what, once? ) The only negative was the restaurant that Rodrick worked at, which was an obvious recycling of Corny's from The Third Wheel. Overall, very great book though! Deserves to at least be higher on this list!

This book was AWESOME! The only part that is strange is that when Mom makes the whole neighborhood electronic-free and when people are eating dinner or doing whatever at home, they gotta turn OFF the lights! I think it deserves the fourth or fifth place. I'll give a like to Jeff Kinney for writing this book.

I just finished reading this book, and personaly I loved it. Of course there was some negative parts, like for example, what I didn't like about it was that they practically changed the whole story when he went on the field trip, but that's ok. What I also loved about it was the plot twist in the end. Not gonna spoil it.

Yet again shows how dumb Greg's mom is.

She comes up with a crazy plan to unplug electronics in town. She really tries to force greg to see things her way. Greg never like that idea.

After running from the girl scouts and almost being force to leave town with a criminals (Thanks to Mom's crazy idea), she was force to give up her electronic free weekend. She got upset that her electronic free weekend ruined. It was her fault for putting Greg endanger in the first place.

I bet if she tried to restart it again, it will never happened after she reveal to be a hypocrite.

this would have been a new good gag, that every-time she comes up with a new idea, it gets ruined and no one wants to support her idea again and she'll never get a second chance on her idea and was force to come with a new idea which will fail again

9 The Ugly Truth

The very first book I ever read of all the diary of a wimpy kid books. This book in particular was in my school library and ever since that I bought every single book.

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, one of the main themes is growing up, something a kid never wants to to in their life. When Greg realizes that puberty is a big thing for middle school kids growing up he does not want to grow up anymore.

I think the best part about the ugly truth is when they went to the school for the overnight lock down and everybody ended up wanting to go home.

Honestly, this is the worst Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. It's boring and has no clear plot it was heading for. But this was the only bad book in the series

10 The Third Wheel

This is LEGIT! So great, like chicken pox, his uncle Gary, Corny's, the party, I also liked Strong Steve, and all the toilet paper fights. And the assemblies, it was also really good when it explained Greg's childhood, Manny's crusty stub remains of the umbilical cord on the belly button still scares the crap out of me. This book is awesome. Just take my advice.

Quite a good one, this book explores Greg's failings in love as the big dance approaches. Well written and entertaining, it's not the series' best but it's better than many of the books after it in the series.

One of the first books I ever got. Nice book but honestly I don't ship Abigail and Greg or Abigail and Rowley.

I always loved this one best! The comedy just seems to take a huge upward turn from the previous two.

The Contenders
11 The Meltdown

This book is a masterpiece and I can't explain it differently. The snowball fight was executed perfectly and I couldn't have thought of a better way to write it. 10/10 book and my favourite.

I would say Cabin Fever, but this book took the crown. I had low expectations for this one, because the last two had been mediocre. But from the first page, I was captivated by this one. It introduces a completely new form of writing which is both interesting and refreshing. Not to mention, the plot is amazing.

Not to spoil anything, but there is one part in the book that truly positively shocked me. I had never seen Kinney use such a technique in his books before, and it was fantastic.

I also love the GameOfThrones-esque tone of this one. The battles, alliances that are formed, betrayal, and "tragedy." Definitely fit my taste.

This one is low on the list because it was released just a few weeks ago, but I hope with time this one can climb up. It truly deserves it.

Ok, I was sincerely surprised on how inpressingly good this book to the series was. It brought a lot of new battle to the series and finally had a real winter setting that was key many of the major plot points including the lower surrey street kids, the goat man, the epic snowball fight in the end, and best of all... Baby Gibson fighting with Greg and Rowley! God baby Gibson's the best!

This book? 3 stars! This book really just got me into it. It is so interesting compared to the other winter book Cabin Fever and has a great storyline. The best part was the snow fight. I would say that from old school to the meltdown are great improvements. Rodrick Rules and The Getaway were in TOP 3, but this one really stunned me. I actually wasn't so prepared for such a great book after reading Cabin Fever. From lower surrey kids and upper surrey kids battle, to safety patrols and surrey kids battle and to whole town and Mingo kids battle. Such an awesome book. I read this book about ten times.
And here is my list:
1. The Meltdown
2. The Getaway
3. Rodrick Rules
4. Double Down
5. Old School
6. Original diary of a wimpy kid
7. The Long Haul
8. Cabin Fever
9. The Third Wheel
10. Hard Luck
11. The Last Straw
12. Dog Days

12 Double Down

I got this when it came out! I liked how it gave flashbacks but it really just went back and forth, some times I get confused if it's the present or a flashback. However it was a great book and it didn't fill me up with a whole page of words. I loved the pictures to add extra effect!

The eleventh book in Kinney's Wimpy Kid series, the young adult novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down follows middle-schooler Greg Kinney on his humorous experiences that he encounters while being forced by his mom to spend less time on video games and more time on being creative.

I hope it will be like the Halloween chapters of the first book, which are some of my favorite in the series. Basically, I hope this will be a Halloween based book, similar to how Cabin Fever was Christmas based.

I just wanna' say that this book MUST be higher in this list! This is the last book of the series and a bestselling book and it is SO low in this list. I read all the books and I just loved this book, I loved the Halloween parts and none of the other books in the series has such special and interesting story as this one. I would just say that people should vote more on this book than the others

13 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

Very nice book. Questions are interesting. Main downfall for me is that you need to draw. Well that is my opinion and I don't know how to draw but very nice book.

The Wimpy Kid Do it yourself book Diary is a book about the making of the first film, which features stills and brand-new illustrations. Jeff Kinney dedicated the book to the film's main stars, Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron.

This is a book in which we can we draw or write something about
My daily journal, a noble, or tell your life story. But make it sure it is a journal not a Diary.

I had it when I was like eight and it was all about me and the strange life of a second grader...

14 The Getaway

This is getting ridiculous. Clearly, the Getaway is better than Cabin fever in every way possible. It has a much better plot, better characters, better vocabulary, even the drawings are much better! This is by far the best diary of a wimpy kid book of all time and if you don't like it... then you are an enemy of me, Rowley Jefferson. Of course, it kind of sucks that I'm not in the book very much, but oh well-
Rowley Jefferson

The entire book is just Greg and his families endless summer struggle. It isn't funny, it doesn't have a lesson, and the endless amount of crap getting thrown at these characters you've grown attached to for 12 years for the sake of comedy is just hard to read. Easily the worst book in the series.

Awesome! It came on 3rd November 2017. The plot is totally amazing and epic! This is the only book about Greg and his family going on holiday and the rest of the books are about Greg and his middle school. Sadly, this is the last book in the series. I loved the book title and cover AND story, so this is a book that I won't forget.

It is hilarious. I loved it when Greg asked the flight attendant she many questions during the flight. I was laughing constantly. This one is by far my favourite book in the series.

15 Wrecking Ball

This is in dead last, and is behind terrible stuff like duplicates, movie posters, and books that aren't even part of the series, and freaking calendars. This book has been out for over a year, so it is ludicrous to see it so low. Please, realise how bad Wrecking ball is doing and move it higher, fellow top tenners, and we can change the fabric of our very reality! But seriously, it needs to at least be in top 5, not 21st. (there are only 14 books)-
Rowley Jefferson

The irony and terrible stuff that happens makes this one a fun read. I will say, kind of repetitive, but whatever.

Wrecking ball rocks

Can't wait to read it.

16 The Deep End

Best diary of a wimpy kid book. I love the plot. Probably read it about 2-3 times already but it's very nice.

I love the plot

17 Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal

UGH it is horrible I absolutely despise this thing. Greg is such a bad character in all the books, but this one is the one where greg becomes the devil.

I read this one in the library. Quite entertaining and interesting to see it from Rowley's point of view, even if it does show how terrible a friend Greg is to him.

Its nice to see this from Rowley's perspective. I feel bad for Rowley having such a bad friend but this book is hilarious!

Rowley finally got his own spin off!

18 Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure

Very nice book. A little corny but who can change Rowley's imagination right?

I just wish rowley kept the alien, but other than that, I loved this book.

19 Big Shot

Big Shot was definitely an improvement upon the previous 2 books in the series. It has a focused plot and I really liked how Jeff Kinney brought back some old characters (Ruby Bird, the Woodleys, Edward Mealy). It was also realistic (unlike the endings of the last two books in the series). I really liked the new characters, especially Preet. It's not my favourite of the DOAWK books but I think this book has great potential to be the beginning of a renaissance era for the series.

20 Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories

Actually this book did not scare me. Anyways The book is very nice.

The least scary book, don't be fooled by the word spooky.

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22 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary

This book was a little too basic. It wasn't in-depth enough, it covered the bare basics of how they made the movie. I can enjoy it though. Not as an actual book in the series.

In my opinion, it's dumb to make a movie out of a book and than decide to make a book out of the movie about the book.

Better than Do-It Yourself. It was pretty interesting to learn about the production of films.

It's sad how low this book is.

23 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter

It show how The Long Haul movie was made.

It's obvious that this is last.

Related to the long haul

The movie was horrible.

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