So you’ve read all the Wimpy Kid books…what next?

Were you a big fan of Diary of a WImpy Kid?  What did you love about them? Are you looking to move on to something new and need inspiration?  Here are my top 10 books for reading when it’s time to move on from Gregg and all his adventures.


A Graphic Novel based on the author Raina Telgemeier’s real life experiences of growing up, braces, school, friendships, earthquakes, dental surgery and so much more….

Tom Gates 

Chances are you have probably heard of Tom Gates.  The British Gregg Heffley might be a good way to describe him.  He loves doodling, guitars and Tunnocks Caramel Wafers but hates his big sister Delia.  Read it and laugh out loud

Middle School : The Worst Years of My Life

Rafe Katchedorian has just started Middle School but he hates it – the Principal runs a seriously tight ship with lots of oppressive rules.  So Rafe decides to break as many as he can.  Lots of hilarity ensues and the book covers everything from bullying to first crushes to finding yourself.  Plenty of in text illustrations to bring the book to life as well.

Head Kid  

How would you like to swap bodies with Mr Orrock?  What would you do?  Well in this book we find out what the naughtiest kid in school does when he swaps bodies with his mortal enemy, the head teacher.  Full of humour, this is a great way to try a longer book that is every bit as funny as WImpy Kid

Dark Lord

Humour and fantasy are combined in this book as the Dark Lord of the title is forced to inhabit the body of a teenage boy and navigate both the social services and portals to his home dimension.  Funny and full of suspense with a dash of the bizarre and melodramatic.

Sputniks Guide to Life on Earth

Prez (a boy) and Sputnik (an alien in a kilt) spend the summer breaking the laws of physics, saving the world and reuniting Prez with his grandfather.  So far so good, except everyone else thinks Sputnik is just a dog…

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind 

A very funny book about a self confessed geek called Archie who must deal with his father moving away, his stepfather offering very unhelpful advice and beautiful new girl entering his world.  Can he win the girl of his dreams without losing his geek cred?  Ideal for teenagers as it deals with the trials and tribulations of growing up in a very humorous way.

Kid Normal 

Murph is starting a new school but there is just one problem, it’s a school for superheroes and Murph has no super powers at all.  What’s a boy to do?  This has everything you want from a superhero caper – villains, capes, tights and heroes as well as the universal school worries that everyone is cleverer, prettier, stronger than you.

The Private Blog of Joe Cowley

Joe Cowley is the classic under dog hero, always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, particularly when certain girls are in the vicinity.  Read all about it in his not so private blog as he details all his worries about girls, friends, school, girls, enemies, family and of course girls.  The natural follow up to Wimpy Kid as Joe tries his hardest to be cool and popular?  You decide.

Archie comics

You’ve seen Riverdale on Netflix, but did you know it is based on a comic that has been going for 75 years? Why not try this updated graphic novel based on the main character Archie and all his friends – Jughead, Betty and Veronica.


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