I made a list of Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alikes when I first started Tween Tuesday, but with the movie coming out, I thought I'd give some other great Wimpy Kid style books a shout out.
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm
-This is a book told all through "stuff"-from notes left on the fridge, to IM chats and e-mails. It's a quick read very creative. I wasn't sure if I would like the format, but it worked and you do get a feel for the characters, even though there is no narration or dialogue. Give this one to picky readers who claim not to like reading!
-Big Nate is the latest entry into the Wimpy Kid-style world-and it's the book most likely to win over the Wimpy Kid readers. Nate is slightly younger than Greg Heffley, but the same tone, style, humor and voice are all ere. With a cover blurb by Jeff Kinney himself, I wouldn't be surprised if Nate became the book readers are clamoring for while waiting for more in the Wimpy Kid series. For a limited time, HarperCollins has the full Big Nate book available to read online, so get a sneak peek!
Geek Chick: The Zoey Zone by Margie Palatini
-Zoey has 198 days until sixth grade and she has to discover how to be cool before then. Zoey is a fun likable narrator and the book has a great "you don't need to conform to be popular" message for younger tweens, without getting to sappy.
Still need more? Check out these other Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alikes:
-Regarding the Fountain (and sequels) by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
-Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-Fabulous Life (and sequels) by Rachel Russell
-Dear Dumb Diary (series) by Jim Benton
-Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (and sequels) by Megan Mcdonald
-The Adventures of Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey