Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read Alike Books
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Do you want to find more funny read alike books like THE DIARY OF A WIMPY KID to read next that will keep your children engaged in reading?
This book list contains books that are just as hilarious and appealing to kids just like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
As you know, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is one of the most popular book series ever. It shares the laugh-out-loud stories of Greg, in his own words and drawings. Greg’s life shows you just how hard and hilarious life in middle school is…(Box set here.)
Do you know how many Diary of a Wimpy Kid books there are in the series? As of this moment, Kinney has written 17 books for this series. If you want to know the books and their titles in order, Visit Jeff Kinney’s website or his Amazon page.
Books Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Read Alikes!)
Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway by Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley
Kids LOVE this series. It’s got non-stop action, danger, potty humor, space adventures, zombie aliens, mutant worm wrestling, a misunderstood evil princess, good friends, video games, and a diabolical, hunting-them-down evil queen. Not to mention loads of cartoon illustrations throughout and hilarious writing with a kazillion exclamation marks!!!!
Bird and Squirrel on Ice by James Burks
Bird’s over-confident, laissez-faire character pairs perfectly with Squirrel’s logical, fearful one. The duo crash land in the Penguin world where Bird is thought to be the “Chosen One” meant to save the penguins from the Great Whale. Except there’s a slight problem because that also means he’ll be sacrificed. An absolutely hysterical graphic novel series!
Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
Sarcastic and hilarious, this is a laugh-out-loud comic book story about a precocious young girl and her reluctant unicorn “best friend.” BOXED SET
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate books will keep you laughing — most are a combo of text and comics like this one but now the Big Nate series is also in graphic novel form. Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans are going to crack up when they read this series of side-splitting books.
Hamster Princess Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
This is a HILARIOUS remix of Sleeping Beauty. In this (much-better) retelling, the princess realizes she can’t die until she’s 18 so therefore, she must be INVINCIBLE!! (All of the books in this series are laugh-out-loud funny.)
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson
I thought this was not just a great story but I just loved that the main character (the ninja) was a girl! Readers will appreciate how it’s written in a combo of text and comics like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Ben Wood
In the first of three silly stories, Rock Pigeon is a crime-fighting pigeon who helps Grandpouter and the other park pigeons solve the problem of the vanishing bread crumbs. Hilarious disguises, charming illustrations, quirky characters, and funny mysteries, this is an entertaining romp that is sure to entice even the most reluctant of readers.
Monday into the Cave of Thieves (Total Mayhem #1) by Ralph Lazar
Wild and quirky, this un-put-downable adventure filled with illustrations is perfect for you if you like good vs. evil adventures where kid power saves the day! Dash Candoo’s Monday is one crazy adventure after another with Devil Cat attacks, a quadcycle pursuit, a math class secret tunnel, stolen perfume, and so much more. I’m a big fan of this exciting, readable new chapter book and look forward to more books in the entertaining new series. (P.S. And it’s funny with zero potty humor!)
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
Hilarious. Of course, because Dave Barry is so funny! While on a class trip to Washington D.C., Wyatt and his best friend, Matt, are positive that they’ve discovered a plot to blow up the White House. Wyatt’s crush, Suzanna, helps the friends make a plan, and as you can imagine, disaster and hilarity strike. I totally loved this book and know your kids (especially those who like humor) will as well.
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
If you like funny books, you’ll LOVE this series! In this first book, you’ll learn valuable cow trivia while you read about the hilarious adventure of two pranksters who start out as rivals but eventually work together to pull off the biggest prank of all time — a prank that will ensure they get April Fool’s Day off from school.
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young HUMOR
If you like quirky humor, then this is your perfect book. Because you will never believe, except you totally will, what happens when the kids’ father goes out to get more milk. He doesn’t even get the milk but he does run into pirates, aliens, and all sorts of incredible things! Totally hilarious and quite short–which is appealing to many readers.
The Tapper Twins Go to War (with each other) by Geoff Rodkey
Is this a true-to-life depiction of twins? As the pair seeks revenge upon each other, they feel justified and sort of guilty at the same time. (Of course, this doesn’t stop either of them.) Written in interviews, text messages, photos, handwritten additions, and screenshots, it will be engaging to our kids who live with these styles of communications every day.
The Croc Ate My Homework by Stephan Pastis
This book is so funny I can hardly stand it. My kids LOVED this book, as did I. It’s from the author of the Timmy Failure books and the Pearls Before Swine comic strip which curated especially for younger readers. The crocs are not the smartest and their stupidity will keep you giggling. So much so that you’ll be sharing page after page with your family, friends, and neighbors.
Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie
I hate to compare books but this is like the Calvin and Hobbs for the next generation. It’s a hilarious graphic novel with the real-life misadventures of a boy and his dog.
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara
Totally believable . . . if your goldfish dies and you bring him back to life. Only in this story, your dead goldfish doesn’t come back to life, he becomes a zombie. One that can mesmerize YOU with his powerful eyes and you’ll do anything he wants so you better watch out!
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Hysterical! I couldn’t stop laughing! This is such a funny series about a young dragon. Plus, you’ll love that there are so many books to keep your kids reading for days and weeks on end.
Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce
A girl named Max and her new friends help rescue Max’s imprisoned troubadour uncle from an evil king, among other adventures. You’ll find a magician, dragons, magic, an evil witch, anachronisms, and silly humor in this story that is half text and half comic panel illustrations.
Stick Dog by Tom Watson
Silly. Very silly. Stick drawings of a stick dog, a very sarcastic-ish narrator, and a relatable adventure make this perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.
Get to Work, Hercules! (Myth-O-Mania) by Kate McMullan
This book got us hooked on the Myth-O-Mania series. It’s so hilarious! Hades narrates the TRUE stories of the Greek Myths with panache. (Apparently, his younger brother Zeus is a big fat liar and edited all the myths to make himself look good.) In this story, Hades watches over his young, not-too-smart nephew, Hercules whom Hera has it out for — since he’s the son of Zeus from another woman. Wimpy Kid fans will RAVE about these goofy stories.
More Books for Kids Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park
A totally hilarious premise and fantastic writing! Rafe’s goal in middle school is to break every single rule. You can imagine how his plan will go, right? Filled with cartoon-like illustrations, this story is going to crack you up.
Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis
Lots of kids love these books and rightfully so, they’re silly and relatable! If your Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan hasn’t checked this series out yet, put it on the top of your list to read.
The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips, illustrated by Isabelle Follath (ages 8 – 12) series
If you like illustrated books that make you laugh, don’t miss this entertaining fantasy. Ebenezer, a man over 500 years old, is kept alive by a monstrous Beast who gives him youth cream in return for exotic foods…and now the Beast wants to eat a child. So, Ebenezer adopts the rudest girl at a local orphanage, Bethany, and begins to fatten her up. Except Ebenezer feels guilty. Will he feed Bethany to the Beast or confess all?
Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Old school humor at its best! These describe a wacky school with crazy teachers and even crazier events. Boys and girl fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books love this series.
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Fan favorites for years and with bonus movies, these are fun for book clubs and field trips. Read the books, then watch the movies.
The Twits by Roald Dahl
In the typical dark humor of Dahl, the Twits are mean and awful and we can’t help but crack up at every bad thing that comes their way. Perfect for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans who love to laugh while reading. *ALL Roald Dahl books are funny. See the complete Roald Dahl book list and printable booklet here.*
Knucklehead Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka
Growing up Scieszka was a WILD time and will crack you up with fantastic, humorous writing — with some potty h umor. I use this book frequently for teaching small moments and memoirs.
Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
If you haven’t read these addictive and hilarious graphic novels, they are a must — anyone who has eaten lunch in school will appreciate the humor, even parents love these books.
Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen
Illustrated with comics, hilarious, relatable, this book has it all.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, illustrated by Todd Harris
The princes in the fairy tales aren’t as famous as their princesses but in this story, it’s all about them! Kicked out of their castles, these princes turn from bumbling idiots into heroes and save their kingdoms with hilarity and adventure!
Anyone But Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp (ages 8 – 12) series
I read many parts out loud to my kids while I was reading this book — they were just so funny!! Now my kids are addicted to this series, too. Quirky (really quirky) but lovable Ivy’s adventures involve a sinister ghost, a mystical jewel, and a surprising destiny. (See this book and more on best books for 5th graders list.)
The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
This book is a bit harder of a reading level than the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books but is so fantastic with growing-up angst and silliness.
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Great post, Melissa. My kid likes this book a lot (and me too to be precise), and I will surely check out the rest you’ve mentioned. Thanks again for the list 🙂