Australian Council on Children and the Media

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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What’s it about?

Greg is feeling nervous about moving up to middle school and this isn’t helped by his older brother Rodrick who tells him to ‘just be invisible’. His best friend Rowley still likes to play kid games and Greg knows this won’t go down too well in middle school.  His Mum suggests he keeps a diary to write down all he’s feeling and help him get over his nerves.

The diary shows us how Greg feels as he tries to find his way and cope with bullies, girls, embarrassments and Rowley. Greg joins a wrestling team, the safety patrol and takes part in the school play all to make him seem cool.

What to look out for

Quite a lot of schoolyard bullying and fighting such as:

  • Bullies threatening and pushing younger students, chasing Greg and Rowley and threatening to kill them.
  • In a game Greg throws a football at Rowley on his bike, causing him to fall off and break his arm.

There’s also a few scary scenes which might frighten younger kids such as:

  • Rodrick tells Greg and Rowley a story about ‘devil worshippers’ who are looking for children to eat.
  • Scary looking jack-o-lanterns at Halloween and images and spooky sounds in a dark forest.

Moral of the Story

Others are more likely to accept you if you just be yourself instead of trying to be someone you’re not.

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