Started as an online book with 217 pages and being read 20 million times, Diary of a Wimpy Kid was first published in printed version in 2007. It is the first novel in the popular Wimpy Kid series—proved to be very attractive especially to teenage boys—by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. Upon its release, the book immediately became a huge hit and made it into New York Times Best Seller list and won the Favorite Book award at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
This hilarious novel—with a slight taste of cartoon comic in its pages—depicts the life of Greg Heffley, an average and not typically cool kid who according to Kinney pretty much resembles himself at that age. In his debut, Greg is starting a new school year and he is about to enter a phase that some people find difficult to handle: the middle school years, and Greg his middle school experiences in this diary, or journal as he might prefers.
In the new environment, especially when you—like it or not—step into it before you are ready, things can seem and be hazardous. The hallways and cafeteria might turn into tough competition arenas where small, weak, and undersized kids have to mingle with bigger, cooler, and meaner kids. Greg manages to cope with the situation with the presence of his partner, Rowley Jefferson. However, as Rowley’s fame starts to shine, Greg is tempted to take advantage of his best friend’s popularity and by doing so Greg has put their friendship on a stake.