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Double Down

Written by Jeff Kinney

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LoveReading View on Double Down

One of our Books of the Year 2016 |  In a nutshell: 150 million readers aren’t wrong      Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley goes all existential in this the latest and as ever much-anticipated episode in the multi-million selling series. Is his life real, he wonders, or is he just the star in a secret TV series of his own life? Either way, he decides to act as if it’s the latter, even coining his own made-for-TV catchphrase, ‘Bite my Biscuit’! By the book’s final chapter, he’s got behind the camera himself and catapulted best friend Rowley to something like stardom! Kinney’s invention is as sharp as ever and this is full of scenes that will have children doubled-up with laughter. There’s a reason for the books’ phenomenal popularity with readers, and Double Down delivers another dose of irresistible reading. 

Fans of Greg Heffley will also appreciate Liz Pichon’s Tom Gates books and Jonathan Meres’s The World of Norm as well as Stephan Pastis’s Timmy Failure.  ~ Andrea Reece

***Hear an audio clip narrated by Dan Russell here.


Double Down Synopsis

Book 11 in the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The pressure's really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his 'creative side'. As if that's not scary enough, Halloween's just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.

When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie ...and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg's troubles?

Wimpy kid fans can find out lots more about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid at the Wimpy Kid Club.

And you can also get Wimpy Kid news on facebook and on the Wimpy Kid youtube channel which has over 3 million views and over 21,000 subscribers.

You can also discover Greg on the big screen in any one of the three Wimpy Kid Movie box office smashes.  His original Diary of a Wimpy Kid was voted 'Best Children's Book of the Last 10 Years' by UK readers.

It's not essential to read the books in order but in case you want to here's the order...

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School 

11. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down

Double Down Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Beatrice Whithear, age 9 - 'Another great Wimpy Kid book, but even better. Lots of laugh out loud bits about Greg Heffley's life.'
  • Ben Carter, age 11 - 'Definitely the best book in the series so far. Amazingly funny, I couldn't put it down. I loved the ending because it made me laugh out loud.'
  • Emelia Thomas, age 8 - 'This book is a very funny read and I couldn't put it down!'
  • Buddug Griffith, age 8 - ‘The newest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, you HAVE to put this on your wish list! Really, really funny - 10 out of 10!’
  • Daisy Pritchard-Williams, age 12 - ‘Greg was really funny and Rowley is really silly but the pig was my favourite.’
  • Jessica Cobbin - ‘I really like the fact that something always goes wrong in Greg's life.’
  • James Goodall, age 12 3/4 - ‘I think that Diary of a Wimpy Kid:Double Down book is absolutely FANTASTIC! I have been a fan of the series ever since the first book came out. It was witty, funny and awesome.’
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - ‘I recommend this book to 8+. I give it 5 stars. I love the Wimpy Kid series! I especially like the pictures in the books.’
  • Tom Greenan, age 11 - ‘Just as funny as all the others.’
  • Elizabeth Bridgeman, age 9 - ‘I love the series so I loved reading this book.’
  • Scarlett Coffman, age 10 - 'I have read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and I was very excited when this book came out. It was much funnier than other books because Greg is still so awkward and he always mucks up.'
  • Bryher Humphryes, age 12 - 'It is a hilariously funny book which I really enjoyed.'
  • Enora Hauduc, age 8 - 'I really liked the Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it was really funny to read and I would recommend this book for anyone who likes humour.'
  • Zoe Basson, age 9 - 'Double Down is a book filled with humour, friendship and a touch of teenage video games.'

Double Down Press Reviews

Praise for Jeff Kinney:

The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Sun.

Kinney is right up there with J K Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet. Independent.

The most hotly anticipated children's book of the year is here - Diary of a Wimpy Kid . Big Issue.

Hilarious   Telegraph.

It's rude, it's funny and it will chime with every 11-year-old who's ever started a new school. Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141373010
Publication date: 01/11/2016
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141373010
Publication date: 1st November 2016
Author: Jeff Kinney
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Humorous
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Audio Books

About Jeff Kinney

A World Book Day Author 2019. Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book for his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. In 2018 Jeff Kinney was found to be the most popular author in schools in the UK in the annual What Kids are Reading Awards. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, ...

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