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NEW! Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14: Wrecking Ball

This post is sponsored by ABRAMS Books. As always, opinions are all my own.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been a household name for us for many years. Both my girls and boys love every new copy that comes out! So, I’m thrilled today to be sharing with you the fourteenth book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

If you are familiar with the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, you will know that these books are written in diary form, and I find my kids really do well with books of this style, and they are constantly asking for more. Wrecking Ball is now being passed around in our family from child to child, and the first one to finish the book was Jayden.

Jayden is doing a little bit of home instruction, so he was thrilled when the book arrived last week! We were on a mission to finish it together, and boy did we enjoy it!

NEW! Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14: Wrecking Ball

By Jeff Kinney

In Stores Now! (Released Nov. 5)

Recommended for ages 8 – 12

Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS

about the book:

The new, must-have book in the SMASH hit Diary of a Wimpy Kid series!

In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up. Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?

about the author

Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. The Meltdown, book 13, was published in October 2018, and was a #1 bestselling book. His latest book, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, was published in April 2019. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

This book touches on something my kids have been learning about forever: death. In this installment, Greg’s aunt passes away and ends up leaving some money behind. Greg’s mom decides that she’d like to use the money left behind for home improvements – something we’ve been planning and talking about in our home for the last few weeks. We are about to tackle our basement, making our wide-open basement into two new bedrooms for our girls. Jayden wants to help out, so he thought this was an interesting twist in the book. He agrees with Greg and thinks a much better idea for the 2nd floor would be an ice-skating rink! Imagine that?


We’ve been planning some for months and although we’ve started on little fixer projects around the house, like painting the boys’ room and our living area, we haven’t really renovated anything with hammers, drills, wood and such like we will be for the basement. Our plan is to turn our large living space in the basement we’ve used for a playroom, a media room, and currently Ava’s bedroom, into two bedrooms for the girls so they have a similar space to each other, and we get some more room added to our 5 bedroom home. To separate the girl’s rooms, we will have a huge wall that is a shelf on both sides to save room and give the girls extra storage space. The wall closing off the front of the rooms will be beautiful barn doors.

While we were planning this whole idea, we realized we are amateurs and will be needing to hire some help. My husband is great with fixing little things, but a project like this will require some help, and Jayden is ready! Jayden would love to add a gaming room in the basement if he had his way, right beside his bedroom so he could have friends over and play video games! I don’t think that will be happening any time soon but he’s one imaginative little guy!

Tips on how to prepare to tackle a big home reno project:

  • Plan, plan, plan: Don’t just jump into it. We’ve been planning for weeks (probably closer to 6 months) for this project.
  • Delegate: If you have projects within the reno that can be delegated out, DO IT.
  • Get the kids involved: For things that aren’t dangerous, getting the kids involved will bring a huge smile to their faces (and help keep them busy!)
  • Gather materials over time: Our project is a little bit of a big one, so we’ve been gathering material and parts for a while (save money and buy tools on sale!)
  • Look for tutorials on how to do what you are trying to do. This is so helpful and makes DIY renos a bit easier!


We can’t wait to knock this project out of the park, and thanks to the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Jayden is excited too! Be sure to pick up your copy today!

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