If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Check out these read-alikes for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Updated July 20, 2023
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The strange case of Origami Yoda
Angleberger, Tom
In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren't strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient....
The terrible two
Barnett, Mac
New York Times Bestseller "A double helping of fun and mischief " --Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series "Hilarious." --Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to...
The best of Iggy
Barrows, Annie
From the New York Times bestselling author of Ivy + Bean comes a hilarious new series featuring a high-energy, lovable troublemaker. Meet 9-year-old Iggy Frangi. He's not a bad kid, he's really not. Okay, so he's done a few (a few is anything up to 100) bad things. And...
The last kids on Earth
Brallier, Max
A Netflix Original series! The first book in the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling series, with over 7 million copies in print! "Terrifyingly fun! Delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs."--Jeff Kinney, author of the #1 ...
Frindle
Clements, Andrew 1949-2019
From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words. Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always...
How to train your dragon : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking
Cowell, Cressida
Read the New York Times bestselling book that inspired the hit movies! Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans, tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a...
Joey Pigza swallowed the key
Gantos, Jack.
"They say I'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it-I'm wired." Explore the energetic world of Joey Pigza, a young boy with a heart of gold and a mind that's faster than light. Join Joey as he navigates misadventures, quirky decisions, and educational hurdles,...
Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not reading
Greenwald, Tom 1962-
Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides...
The 13-story treehouse
Griffiths, Andy 1961-
Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it's not just any old treehouse, it's the most amazing treehouse in the world! This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around...
The homework machine
Gutman, Dan.
Doing homework becomes a thing of the past! Meet the D Squad, a foursome of fifth graders at the Grand Canyon School made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker. They are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code-named...
The popularity papers : research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang
Ignatow, Amy.
Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia's the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, human guinea pig. Julie's the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey star, faithful recorder. In this...
Diary of a wimpy kid : Greg Heffley's journal
Kinney, Jeff
Boys don't keep diaries--or do they? The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where...
Schooled
Korman, Gordon
In this bestselling fish-out-of-water classic, a homeschooled kid must learn how to fit in at his new public school when he's elected to be class president as a prank. Capricorn Anderson (Cap for short) has never watched a television show. He's never tasted pizza....
Fly on the wall
Lai, Remy
In Fly on the Wall, a moving and hilarious diary-style illustrated novel from the award-winning author of Pie in the Sky, a twelve-year-old boy goes on a (forbidden) solo adventure halfway around the world to prove his independence to his overprotective family.
Chunky
Mercado, Yehudi
In this full-color middle grade graphic memoir for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jerry Craft, Yehudi Mercado draws inspiration from his childhood struggle with his weight while finding friendship with his imaginary mascot, Chunky, as he navigates growing up in a working class Mexican-Jewish family...
Amelia's notebook
Moss, Marissa.
When Amelia's mom gives her a journal for her birthday, she finally has a place to share her truest feelings at last! Nine-year-old Amelia's mother gives her a blank notebook to write down her thoughts and tells her it will make her feel better. Why would a dumb notebook make me...
Timmy Failure : mistakes were made
Pastis, Stephan
Want to aspire to greatness? Check out this edition of Timmy Failure's first adventure--featuring the bonus section "How to Draw Timmy and Total." He may be clueless, but the comically self-confident Timmy Failure is CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the...
Middle school : the worst years of my life
Patterson, James 1947-
Over 2 million copies sold of the #1 New York Times and Indiebound bestseller! Don't miss the book behind the major motion picture! In the hilarious and awkward start to this mega-bestselling series, beloved misfit Rafe Khatchadorian takes on his first...
Lawn boy
Paulsen, Gary
One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand...
Big Nate in a class by himself
Peirce, Lincoln
Now an animated series from Paramount + & Nickelodeon! For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Get ready to meet Big Nate! In the very first novel in the New York Times bestselling series, Big Nate is in a class by himself! Nate knows he's meant for big...
The brilliant world of Tom Gates
Pichon, Liz.
The top-selling U.K. series for middle-grade readers now crosses the pond! Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don't have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer's worst camping vacation ever (five merits!), or how much he hates...
Stuntboy, in the meantime
Reynolds, Jason
A Schneider Family Award Honor Book for Middle Grade From Newbery Medal honoree and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a hilarious, hopeful, and action-packed middle grade novel about the greatest young superhero you've never heard of, filled with...
The Tapper twins go to war (with each other)
Rodkey, Geoff 1970-
This bestselling first book in the Tapper Twins series is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it's like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world, told as a colorful "oral history" with photos, screenshots, text messages, chat logs, and online gaming digital art.
Tales from a NOT-SO-fabulous life
Russell, Rachel Renée
Nikki Maxwell is starting eighth grade at a new school--and her very first diary is packed with hilarious stories and art in this SUPER SQUEE updated edition of the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! Nikki confesses all in her first diary...
Ben Yokoyama and the cookie of doom
Swanson, Matthew 1974-
"This is my favorite book of the year." -Lincoln Peirce, New York Times bestselling author of Big Nate series Meet Ben, a literal-minded kid with a big heart and an even bigger sweet-tooth, who cracks open a fortune cookie and discovers that TODAY might be his last day...
My life as a book
Tashjian, Janet
Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek's dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he's been labeled...
Dragonbreath
Vernon, Ursula
Danny Dragonbreath can't breathe fire, but he has no fear. And that comes in handy when a bad grade at school inspires him to enlist his cousin the sea-serpent's help with a research project. Using a hybrid of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon introduces an irresistible set of characters...
Frazzled : everyday disasters and impending doom
Vivat, Booki
An instant New York Times bestseller, Booki Vivat's Frazzled is the first installment of a funny middle grade graphic novel series about a girl who is always in a tizzy. "Hilarious." (NPR's All Things Considered) "Honest, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny. Fans of Smile and Diary of a...
Stick Dog
Watson, Tom 1962-
Introducing everyone's new best friend: Stick Dog! Don't miss the very first book in this bestselling funny illustrated series. He'll make you laugh...he'll make you cry...but above all, he'll make you hungry! Follow Stick Dog as he goes on an epic quest for the perfect burger. With...
Niagara Falls, or does it? : the mostly true confessions of the world's best underachiever
Winkler, Henry 1945-
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. It's science project time in Ms. Adolf's class...

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