Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Melissa on January 16, 2010 · 1 comment

in 9-12, ATOS 5.0-5.9, Good book for boys, Graphic Novel, Humor, Lexile 900-999, Part of a series or set

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
Publisher: Amulet Books
Author: Jeff Kinney
Lexile: [?] 950L
ATOS Level: [?] 5.2
Parent Rating:
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Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)
PAUSE For Ages: 9-12


Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a school where he and his friend Rowley hope to survive as undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily. And when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take measures to save their friendship.


This is a pretty irreverent book-but I found myself laughing as I tagged stuff to comment on.  Very true to how kids feel and think in middle school.  Parental guidance suggested for kids in the lower end of the age-range, but it will be pretty familiar material for kids over 10.5.  This is a good book for boys and for reluctant readers.


None [?]

Sexual Content

Word usage: ‘hot girls’. Boy has magazine with picture of girl in a bikini.


A kid smokes.


Some description of scary stuff in a haunted house—guy with a chainsaw, vampires, headless people. ‘evil eye’.


Bullying, getting the girls is about ‘wearing the right clothes, how rich you are, or having a cute butt.’  Kid is less popular because he got braces, ‘gifted’ vs. ‘easy’ reading group, kids trick parents and teachers on several occasions, including playing a video game with parental warnings and switching out the case.  Teacher says rock and roll is ‘evil’.  Multiple episodes of irreverence to teachers.  Some gender stereotyping (girls are good at should like this thing/boys are good at should like that thing).



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Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

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Sandi July 1, 2010 at 5:58 am

I agree, my boys LOVED these books. Great way to introduce reading for boys who are less than excited to read on their own.

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