Worst Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books

The Top Ten
1 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)  Product Image

I don't really consider this an actual DWK book, more, just a movie tie-in book.

1. DWK - It's great, works well, it's a solid 8/10.

2. RR - Didn't find it as great, rather repetitive, still a good 7/10.

3. LS - It's forgettable, and has some of the laziest, boring sup-plots, it's a 5/10.

4. DD - It embraces the repetitive nature of the second, but makes it work, 8/10.

5. UT - Has sloppy focus and storytelling. Slightly forgettable, 7/10.

6. CF - Added Social commentary, and the best parts of the other five. The best to me, 10/10.

7. TW - I didn't expect it, nor did it, live up to Cabin Fever, decent concepts, 7/10.

8. HL - Attempted to make as mainstream as it could get, forgettable stories, 6/10.

9. LH - Worst Storytelling, despite author thinking it's the best, 4/10.

10. OS - Attempted Social commentary fails, storytelling worst it's ever been and the laziest, 1/10.

With the exceptions of the first one, Rodrick Rules, Dog Days and Cabin Fever, Diary of a Wimpy Kid has never made a good book. Period.

I hate this book and I think this should sell this book then also I read it 25 times but I think this should be banned and a nice book should be launched.

This list is dumb. I love every Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. This one is kind of boring, though. BUT THIS LIST IS STILL PRETTY STUPID.

2 The Third Wheel The Third Wheel Product Image

Horrible for a few pages. All it talks about is Greg's childhood. I DON'T CARE! JUST TELL WHAT'S HAPPENING TO YOU NOW! Rodrick Rules is better even though it's boring too but after he talks about his childhood it gets better and better

Greg exaggerated his childhood to make him look smarter. He says that whenever his parents kissed, he would kick because he wasn't comfortable when they did that... IN HIS MOM'S womb. Impossible.

This book is not a good story because it talks about valentines and crushes! It was very boring to read. This is probably my least favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid book in the series.

Who cares that you got dumped. I don't. Also, it is medically impossible to remember anything when you were still in your mother's womb. SO STUPID!

3 The Ugly Truth The Ugly Truth Product Image

This Book IS COMPLETE CRAP!, The most boring scene was the appearance of the MOST character in all the history of the BOOKS, Isabella, who watches Drawn Together (that is very famous because of the pornographic content) and South Park (that is very famous of his racist content and parodies of very famous cartoon characters of cartoons like The Simpsons and Mickey Mouse) AND SMOKES DRUGS!.

This is the worst and most boring book in all the series and I like that in some time Greg and Holly Hills have sex

I hate how this is centered around puberty. Everybody goes through it. Sowhat he is slow, so am i, and many other people. Gosh, if Kinney really wanted introduce sex jokes, then maybe he shouldn't have started targeting a younger audioence as of book 3. Plus, all of the characters are extremely flanderized. AND, he purposely gradually making the time frame per book shorter. It went from 9 months, to 4, to 3, to 2, to ONE WEEK!

This Book is SUPER CRAP!,The Most boring scene was the appearance of the most character in all the history of the book,Isabella,who watches Drawn Together and South Park, and smokes drugs.This book is most boring in the series it most interesting that Greg has sex whit Holly Hiis

What, this book ruined the history of comedy, Ho the what would publish an boring stlyed book to a comedy series, DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF POO

4 Cabin Fever Cabin Fever Product Image

Greg seems to be much younger in this book than the previous. It seems like it should be a prequel, but there is also a small bit of evidence against this, and it is never mentioned by the author. There is minimal plot and bad humour. Trying to reach a younger audience was a bad idea of Jeff Kinney. This is an insult to the series. I hope that in Third Wheel, he is at least as mature as in the recent DWK books before this, and they have a better plot than most of the series. That is important for the concept of the next book.

After reading the description on the back, or blurb, I only cared about what was happening on the blurb, but when I read it, it made no sense! I didn't really enjoy it, since it seems like Greg is not being too mature. I mean, Net Kritterz is based of Webkinz, which is for little kids, and baby alfredo? Honestly, I did not enjoy it.

This one is my personal favorite - It blends the good of the first five, while combining, and not overdoing the humor of the recent books. I don't blame Jeff for what he did after this, because this book is hard to top.

Almost everybody's read it so it seems like a good book to read for younger children but not my kids no they think Greg in movies and in books is a jerk to his friends

5 Hard Luck Hard Luck Product Image

This book is pretty awful. It's plot is very badly constructed. It lacks continuity (In the earlier books, Greg had a ton of friends, like Chirag Gupta and Manuel Gonzales, for example, but all he had here was Rowley.), and it's jam-packed with filler. The first three quarters are just about bad stuff happening to Gred, and the last quarter is just Greg doing schoolwork and using his Magic 8 Ball to do his decisions, and a pretty weakly done ending. The only good thing about this book was the introduction of the Mingo clan, which could make for great antagonists in later books.

This book was the worst in the series, it was not horrible. But it was not nearly as good as the other books in the series.

I actually liked this book. It was a massive improvement to the previous one, and the plot was actually interesting.

Well it was funny but.. The story well.. Every thing Greg talks about is not that important

6 Rodrick Rules Rodrick Rules Product Image

I only disliked the torment he gets, but siblings and all :I

It is more good book than I thought it is my favourite

Really liked it. Better than the first.

This should be above hard luck at least

7 The Last Straw The Last Straw Product Image

This is the worst in my opinion, boring plot (barely any either), and overall just not that good compared to other books

It has one of the weakest antagonist in the series and it just isn't as good as the other books in the series.

Don't know why, but this one is my least favorite, and yet, I was hooked. This just proves how awesome these books are!

"I love all of these books but none have had me laghing so much that in school when any one said the name I cracked up. Its not the best but I recomend it."

8 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid Product Image

This is not the worst. It is the book that started the trilogy, and I feel that in this book, Greg actually cares about his friendship (mostly) with Rowley instead of with the newer books.

Horrible Jokes. However this was Jeff Kinney's first book in the series so it wasn't that bad but still I HATE this book for some reason. My friend loves it.

I love the books, but the Cheese touch is just a huge rip off of the cooties, which is dumb.

I know it's Jeff Kinney's fist Diary of the Wimpy Kid series but it's my least favourite

9 Do-It-Yourself Book Do-It-Yourself Book Product Image

Pretty good but has too short of a journal in the back

I love Diary of a wimpy kid! But this is my favorite one.

Really! this book should be number 1

You get to be Greg awesome

10 Dog Days Dog Days Product Image

The book is boring, but the movie is sooo much better. The only example of a movie book adaptation that was actually better than the book.

How the hell is Greg and Rowley scared of a MUDDY HAND?! Wow. Just, wow. Good book though, that was my only problem. - astroshark

Manny washes his hands in a urinal. How amusing.

That's also a good part.

Is was supposed to be are. Wow, my grammar sucks. Sorry about that guys - astroshark

The Contenders
11 The Long Haul The Long Haul Product Image

Bad thing after bad thing happening to Greg and nothing else. This is ABYSMAL. Old School seems to be even worse (from the excerpt)

1 - 8/10

2 - 8.5/10

3 - 7/10 (Also worst because sending a kid to military school because they're weak. Really? _

4 - 6.5/10

5 - 5.5/10

6 - 7/10 (the last truly good one)

7 - 6/10 (about the time when it got boring)

8 - 5/10 (Mediocre. Had some funny bits (would have been 3.5) but mostly boring and the start of the bad thing after bad thing and nothing good ever happening to Greg)

9 - 2.11/10 (Boring, long and drawnout, bad thing after bad thing happening to the main character, the only good part was the 5 or so pages when the pig went in, was midily funny. Always makes bad decisions, gullibie, nothing good happened to Greg, worst book ever. NEVER EVER READ THIS! AGAIN!

The Long Haul is awful, and it begins the trilogy of the Wimpy Kid books where Jeff K. was all about pleasing his younger audiences. First of all, bringing the Pig into the story was an awful decision. How did Manny manage to speak fluent Spanish when the lessons weren't even on for very long? And how the hell did that small little minivan bring a huge boat with them? That's probably against the law, as if they turn it could hit another driver... this book is so awful and deserves to be at least at #10.

I figured a lot of people would have lost respect for this installment because of the movie (I was neutral to the movie but I can understand why everyone hates it). However I kinda liked the book version. It was a nice change for the setting to take place during the holidays as opposed to at school and over a few days as opposed to several months. The jokes were good too in my opinion, so yeah, not bad.

I honestly thought Hard Luck would've recovered the series, but then Kinney killed it with this unrealistic crap. 6 days of the Heffleys acting completely stupid. Breaking into a motel, adopting a piglet, throwing a family's keys out, and Manny fluently speaking Spanish after only listening to one CD is the icing on the cake to this long, boring series of unfortunate events.

12 Double Down Double Down Product Image

Absolute mess of a book. No story at all, it felt just little snippets of story put together and random unrelated stories. There was no direct buildup, a very messy explanation, and the story had some really bad character development. The maddox kid did not play any factor to the story at all besides just being there. That was utter filler, one of the worst things a story can have. And the whole recording a movie part was so rushed and boring, it just appeared at the end, while it should've been a more serious part (It was described in the back of the book).
A book suited for third graders who have no taste and think any book is good.

The series is now selling out. Not from bookstores, but in a writer's perspective. The story is now lazy and plotless, but Braindead kids will still buy the book, because they're not influenced by negative media yet.
Double Down, as far as I'm concerned, would have worked better if the author has confirmed that this was an Anthropology. Small stories put into a book.
The series has dropped off tremendously since Book 6. Book 8 was a slight improvement, and so was Book 10. That was an enjoyable book.
Book 12, the Getaway, looks like a remastered version of The Long Haul, considered the worst at this point because of the movie. The series has to end. Or Kinney can keep selling out.

The dad and mom are selfish rodrick blames Greg but manny is like able in here he is acutely lovelbol and who keeps a pig in the house any way

The first 10 in the series have been absolute masterpieces, but it took me a while to fully understand the plot in this one. The story was weak and unappetizing. Let's hope this isn't the first step in the downfall of one of the best children's books ever written

13 Old School Old School Product Image

Not out yet, but this will be terrible. Here's what I think1 8/10 - A good start to the series, but the Cheese Touch game at school gets annoying.2 8.5/10 - An even better book, but not the best in the series.3 9/10 - The only bad thing about this book is the reason why his Dad wanted to send him to Military school.4 8/10 - Whatever the crap happened to this good series. Gets worse just like SpongeBob and Metallica, both were good at first, but are now so terrible, nobody can stand them.5 5/10 - The point where the book goes downhill. It is also the most inappropriate, and Greg is an idiot saying that he doesn't need someone telling him its not cool to smoke.6 7/10 - The point when things start to get boring and every entry goes from 1-3 pages to 40 pages, and Greg talks more about crap than the good stuff in the first 4 books.7 6.5/10 - Contains the last good moment in the series, where he brought his dad's leather jacket to school and his MOM came in and made him wear her winter ...more

The fact I hate this is an understatement. This is an abomination! I hate it with a burning passion! Here's how I would rate the books. Book 1:good start. Rodrick rules: I have a great love for this! The last straw: I am a big fan of the intresting concept. Dog days:good finale to the movies(hopefully not). The ugly truth:very decent. Cabin fever:funny and the last true diary book. The third wheel:kinda decent. Hard luck:terrible moral but mediocre. The long haul:worse than hard luck by a hair. Jeff Kinney shouldn't have added an extra annoying character,and not that funny. Old school:the only diary book I hate. Not funny at all,and all the characters are unlikable(except maybe rowley)! Double down:It didn't come out yet!

I found Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School more of a big mystery then a funny book. The plot is what really gets me though. No electricty for 48 hours, really? Jeez! Is this book trying to tell us that we should stop being addicted to electronics? Also, there wasn't a lot of the old charcters back. There wasn't Patty, Holly, Craig. that's what got me mad. Whats the deal with this Silas Scratch crap? Everyone thinks he's some type of scary guy but then he turns out to just be fake. I was really disapointed with this book and if I wasn't such a fan about the series, I would of stopped reading.


1 10/10 (Great start)

2. 11/10 ( Is very good, but I hate Rodrick behavior, if I was Greg I would kick him in the balls and punch him in the goddam mouth)

3. 12/10 (The best one of the original 3 series of books, but I hated the joke to Chirag Gupta and the dad of Greg because he is like Hitler)

4. 9/10 (I think is good but I hated the dumb of Susan she doesn't wanted Greg to play Mario or Angry Birds because she is a moron and she doesn't know that is Greg preferences and don't respect other preferences).

5. 1/10 (This is definitely the worst one, I doesn't liked the things it had such as the arrogant and nerd of Jordan Jury, he invited Rowley and others to make them Nazis or from the ejercite of William Walker, I hated to death the apparence of Isabella, the dumbest character in the whole wimpy series, she is more lazy than Patrick star or Richard from The Amazing World of Gumball, she watches South Park and Susan thinks she is not lazy, ...more

14 The Getaway The Getaway Product Image

This is one of my least favourites. Seriously, it's just about Greg and his family going on a trip and unfunny things happen to them.

After the massive disappointment that was Double Down, I have no anticipation for this at all. It's a rehash of The Long Haul - which has arguably been proven to be unsuccessful/ bad storytelling all around. I say this because the film adaptation flopped. It could be argued that the two are vastly different, however, the same key elements remain there and present. I doubt it will improve upon the previous book, but nothing is worse then Old School.

Worst of the series. An atrocious book.

I hate this for life because Greg is going on a horrible trip just like The Long Haul.

Stupid, why is that street member in a chapter book?

Awful generic overrated trash!

This is when Jeff Kinney want to make more bad DOAWK books.

Also, it has this bad-ass monkey in it.

Have you ever put Wrecking Ball just because this franchise is going downhill? This book is terrible. The Meltdown is also terrible.

Apparently, after they made Wrecking Ball, they might be making another one. NO! DON’T DO IT!

This is one of the strangest executions I’ve ever seen in terms of rehashing the previous book. The changes made from the previous books are either pointless or stupid. A decent concept botched by sloppy pacing and bland/unlikable characters. The story tries to mix old and new stuff, and comes across as...really weird. Oh, and the director sucks, not only for his development, but possibly the stupidest solution to a problem I’ve seen in a long time. At least the animation was good.

15 The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter Product Image

This book is a stupid idea. I don't see how it will even sell since it was basically about a rubbish movie.

This was actually a lot better than the Long Haul Movie itself.

All of them are good but this is the worst one out of them all

Better than the actual movie.

16 The Meltdown The Meltdown Product Image

The book starts with saying that Greg is having a snowball fight, and it only gets stupider from there. One half of the book is a stupid and generic plot that you’ve seen time and again. It’s boring as hell. Why is winter important to other people? The second half of this book is even stupider. So now Greg caused a mess. And now he needs a way to get rid of the mess. He adds non threatening jokes and a pointless snowman of youth to make it dumber. This is GUMMO levels of stupid writing. 90% of the characters contribute NOTHING to the plot. Most of them are there just to be annoying “comic relief” characters and simply waste time. Hell, Rowley, one of the MAIN characters, does very little here. And they give Greg an advice for no apparent reason. Everything about this is just stupid.

It was double down all over again until near the end where it was pretty good. the most mediocre diary of a wimpy kid book yet

How is this bad, according to one of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans?

Not out yet but will be good

17 Manny Madness

Why is a fanmade book here? What even is this book?

This doesn't exist.

18 Wrecking Ball Wrecking Ball Product Image

In my opinion, the main issue with this book is that almost every other word is unnecessarily capitalized, an issue which started to become noticeable since Old School. When I read The Meltdown, I thought too many words were capitalised but oh, I had no idea what was coming in Wrecking Ball! Seriously, what's the point of capitalising the words BREAKFAST or SATISFACTION? I hope Jeff Kinney won't do this again in The Deep End!

19 The Deep End The Deep End Product Image

Guess what? Jeff Kinney is out of ideas!

But seriously, it's evident that he took The Long Haul and The Getaway and merged them into one book. This is by far the most unoriginal book in the franchise.

These books keep getting worse and worse each series, it doesn’t have the same charm as the older books from the series. They keep adding new characters that will 100% be forgotten. What happened to characters such as Holly, Chirag, Fregley, and Patty?

20 Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Product Image
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