Today’s Readalikes are for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. These books follow Greg Heffley as he enters middle school with the goal of increasing his popularity. Unfortunately, Greg is just kind of an average kid, probably not destined for mega-popularity.
There are 10 books in the series (Book #11 comes out November 1!), and 3 movies, but once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other funny books for ages 9-12 about life, school, and just being a regular kid. Get ready for a whole bunch of other Diary of a Wimpy Kid Readalike books you might also love.
The Loser List by H. N. Kowitt
When Danny finds out he’s on the infamous “Loser List” in the girls’ bathroom, his mission to erase it lands him in detention. The school’s bullies (who live in detention) discover that Danny can draw, and suddenly he is supplying tattoos and graffiti for the bullies instead of getting beaten up by them. Is Danny going from dork to delinquent? See also the other books in The Loser List series.
Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel #1: Artsy-Fartsy by Karla Oceanak
Aldo Zelnick thinks being an artist is uncool, but after his grandmother gives him a sketchbook for the summer, Aldo fills it with cartoons describing his life. See also the other books in the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel series.
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
If you have a problem, and you can pay him, 6th-grader Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys’ bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Grounded “for life” by his parents, Jack has to spend his summer helping his crotchety old neighbor type obituaries for all the other old people in his town when they die. But the strange thing is, they seem to be dying a lot. What’s going on? You wouldn’t think about a book about old people dying would be funny, but trust me, it is.
Swindle by Gordon Korman
After a mean collector named Swindle cons him out of his most valuable baseball card, Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Swindle’s compound and recapture the card. There are many things standing in their way — a menacing guard dog, a high-tech security system, a very secret hiding place, and their inability to drive — but Griffin and his team are going to get back what’s rightfully his . . . even if hijinks ensue. See also the other books in the Swindle series.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Dwight is the weirdest kid at school, but his origami version of Yoda seems to know everything about everyone, especially their crushes! As they interact with the Jedi master, Tommy and his fellow 6th-graders realize that Dwight/Yoda is mysteriously wise, and may even be able to predict the future. See also the sequel Darth Paper Strikes Back.
Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg
Don’t mess with Griff. He’s got a badge; he enforces the rules, and he’s the toughest hallway patrolman there is. And if you are a criminal, he’s your worst nightmare. But when Griff links cool kid Marcus “The Smile” Volger to a counterfeit hall pass ring, can he and his friends close the case?
Seriously, Norman! by Chris Raschka
After Norman bombs the biggest test of his life, he and his friends embark on a world adventure with Norman’s crazy new tutor, and ask the question, “Why are grown-ups so insane?”
Big Nate Book # 1: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce
Nate knows he’s destined to do great things in his life. But can he stay out of trouble long enough to prove it? See also the other books in the Big Nate series.
Dork Diaries Book #1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell
Nikki knows that starting at a new school is terrifying, but when she’s called a dork by the most popular girl, she wonders if her life could get any worse! See also the other books in the Dork Diaries series.
Jack Adrift: Fourth Grade Without a Clue by Jack Gantos
In love with his teacher and assigned to snitch on his classmates by the principal, the 4th grade sure isn’t what Jack expected! See also the other books in the Jack Henry series.
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
The story of 7th-grader Holling Hoodhood from suburban Long Island in 1967 who is stuck spending his Wednesday afternoons with his teacher Mrs. Baker . . . who is clearly trying to kill him with Shakespeare.
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Nick’s the cleverest boy at school, and proves it by creating a new word. But when everyone starts using it, he learns how quickly situations get out of control!
Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!
—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker