My son LOVES the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and has read and owns them all. He reads them fully in a few hours after getting them and often re-reads them. I'd love to find some other kinds of books that he'd enjoy as much.
Books Like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
I haven't read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but I did receive a free review copy of Big Nate Strikes Again and really enjoyed it:
it is much more clever than the comic strip, which I never enjoyed in the newspaper. I think most kids who like that kind of snarky, middle-grade humor would enjoy it.
(i hope this isn't considered spam/advertising--I didn't receive compensation for saying nice things, just the free book).
i am at a quandry myself here. i dont know any similar ones myself.
dd loooooooved that series and nothing has come a close second yet to my knowledge.
however the reason i am piping in is coz i think i have seen rip off's off of whimpy kid. things that look similar. i have seen them in the bookstore. dont know how good they are.
i found this list on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Great-Books-12-14-year-olds/lm/R32R91PIBGGXXL
the first book actually looks pretty interesting to me. Al capone does my shirt.
Al Capone Does My Shirt is a good read. If you're looking for more text-based books (fewer or no illustrations compared to Wimpy Kid), then how about
Judy Blume, Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing and the other Fudge books
Louis Sachar, Holes or Sideways Stories from the Wayside School
Andrew Clement, Frindle
Carl Hiasson, Hoot or Flush
Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee
My son also loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books! It is hard to find anything exactly like them. The other series my son also really likes is the Hank Zipzer books by Henry Winkler (yes the 70s Fonz character) and Lin Oliver.
They are not graphic novels, but they are also hilariously funny and not to difficult to read.
A very different series my son likes is the Percy Jackson series. Although they are fantasy and adventure they often have humorous things happen in them and appeal to boys in particular although my nieces like them too.
Edited by raksmama - 12/25/10 at 1:15pm
Dear Dumb Diary.
Very similar, with a girl protaganist...but that did not stop my son from reading all of them!
The "Just Disgusting" books are funny - gross - simple.... he might like them:
Lastly, for more novel like books, old school stuff from Gordon Korman is pretty funny.
(I want to go home, and Something's Fishy at McDonald Hall)
You might try Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg. I haven't read it myself, but I know it has been compared favorably to Wimpy Kid.
Others that might work:
A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup
The Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Hope this helps :)
My DS2 LOVES the Wimpy kid books so much too! On the day that book #5 was to be released he leapt out of bed and rushed to the mailbox at six that morning to see if his copy had arrived yet. He has also started keeping a journal (a journal, not a diary!) that he writes in with stick drawing illustrations that crack me up something fierce (before you gasp that I am terrible, he shares his journal entries with me).
The series is one of the only fiction books he has enjoyed. He does like the Calvin and Hobbes comics. He also really liked the Bad Kitty books by Nick Bruel - they are funny, but on the short side. He read the first Percy Jackson book, but none of the others. He did like the Captain Underpants series.
I asked our librarian your question a few weeks ago, and he recommended the "How to Train your Dragon" and "How to Train Your Pirate" books.
Looking forward to seeing other suggestions.