Diary of a Wimpy Kid
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  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is subtitled "a novel in cartoons." How do the cartoons affect the story? Besides the cartoons, in what ways do you think the book is different from other novels you have read?
  2. With the title Diary of a Wimpy Kid, what do you think the author is trying to tell you about Greg Heffley? How would you define wimpy?
  3. What characteristics and behaviors do you associate with Greg? What characteristics and behaviors do you want people to associate with you? Why? • Greg writes "I’ll be famous one day, but for now I’m stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." Describe what you imagine Greg thinks he’s going to be famous for.
  4. Do you agree or disagree with Greg’s opinions about what makes someone popular? Why or why not? How can popularity affect someone’s behavior?
  5. What are the characteristics of a good friend? How do you think Rowley feels about his friendship with Greg? If Rowley kept a journal how would he describe his interactions with Greg?
  6. Describe Greg’s relationship with his family. How is your relationship with your parents or your siblings similar or different?
  7. Do you think this book is funny? Why or why not? Discuss a part of the book that made you laugh and explain why you thought it was funny. If something similar happened in your own life or to a friend what would your reaction be?
  8. How would you describe bullying? Are all kinds of bullying the same? Why or why not? Who gets bullied in the book? Who does the bullying? Why?
  9. What form does bullying take in other books you have read? Discuss how a fictional character from a different book deals with bullying. Compare the response of that character with a character in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  10. The Wimpy Kid series has more than 150 million books in print and has been translated into 45 languages. What about these books makes them so popular internationally across cultures? What do you think kids in other countries love about the books that you love too?