Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book: Double Down (Book 11) by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down is the eleventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. The book was unveiled during the 2016 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Virtually Live Event. The book was published on November 1, 2016. The real book trailer was released on October 17, 2016.
At the beginning of the book, the protagonist Manny Heffley can be seen talking about thoughts of his life being a reality TV show: his brothers Rodrick, Greg, and all the other people in his life are just actors and robots, Gregbeing brought in as a new star to replace him. Later, Manny talks about how his Nana and all of his deceased relatives watch over him in heaven.
After sending him to the book fair with $20, Susan is not happy with the way Manny spent the money, and makes him trade it all in for books. Manny takes the chance to get books from a horror series, Spineticklers, which makes Susan more unhappy: she wanted Manny to join advanced classes, but he deliberately failed the entrance exam with his arrogance and bad attitude.
Susan puts Greg in special classes, and this works for a while until he was accidentally revealed to be a normal kid, and became an outcast.
As Halloween is coming up,Manny is reminded of last year when Rodrick bought a noisy electronic plastic witch, which is super sensitive to sound, and eventually got put in the basement, but still goes off, even after Frank took the batteries out.
The school has a Balloon Brigade, which is a contest to see how far a student’s balloon can travel, and how the prize is a giant bag of candy corn: most of the balloons get stuck on a new Mobile-Phone tower. The Cheese Touch is also discussed, and how other students keep trying to bring it back in a different form such as a roast beef touch, but these are unsuccessful.
Greg discusses how the kid who found his balloon, Maddox Selsam, came over for a playdate: as Maddox hasn’t played video games or watched TV, he goes crazy when Greg pulls up a computer game. After Maddox leaves, Greg realizes that he forgot to get the balloon, and Vice Principal Roy refuses to give Greg the candy corn until and unless he brings his balloon to school.
After he asks Susan for a playdate with Maddox, she and Mrs. Selsam leave Greg and Maddox behind while they go into town and have coffee. Greg is thoroughly disappointed by Maddox’s house, as it is very old fashioned and does not have any electronics or television: the only toy Maddox has are Legos, and he only lets Greg use the leftovers.
After Greg accidentally gets a brick stuck in his elbow, Maddox accuses him of stealing, which leads to Greg being kicked out of the house. Susan is disappointed and angry at Greg, as she believed that Maddox was a good role model, but Greg believes Maddox is an antisocial nerd and that Susan has no idea about role models.
As Susan is going back to college full-time, she makes a chore bag where Greg and Rodrick pick chores to do. After finishing his chores, Greg goes to eat his giant candy corn that he won, but finds that the pig has eaten it. His and Rodrick’s attempts to make it to the vet failed as the pig threw up in the van, the smell prompting Greg to also throw up on someone’s front lawn. This makes someone call the police because she thought it was a prank, but Greg and Rodrick soon solve the matter with them.
Susan has a talk with Greg about his “pattern of deception” and punishes him by making him take three chores out of the chore bag each night. She keeps putting the pressure on Greg to do something other than play video games, and introduces him to college, which he views as a waste of time.
Greg joins the school band in order to get invited to Mariana Mendoza’s Halloween party. Susan keeps persisting Greg to try a new skill, so he decides to take an instrument, settling for a French Horn, much to the nervousness of Frank: Greg originally wanted to take up piano but backed out. Greg, Rowley, and Susan go to the party, but Greg is later harassed at school for leaving the party early after Susan’s well-meaning interference ruins it.
At the Fall Band Concert, Greg and Rowley accidentally get locked in the music room, and during their attempts to escape, Greg ends up tearing his pants. Frank, who (unbeknown to Greg) took the day off from work to watch the concert, catches them after unlocking the door. Believing this is another one of Greg’s backing out/time wasting schemes, Frank rejects his explanation, grounds him and takes away his TV and videogames for two weeks, also barring him from inviting friends.
Greg ignores the “no friends” portion of the punishment and invites Rowley. After they find a pack of gummy worms, Greg gets the idea for a scary movie about a man who goes to take a shower, only to end up being eaten alive by worms. He and Rowley, while filming it with Susan and Frank’s old camcorder are surrounded by geese and trapped in the house.
Greg knows Rodrick has an awful wolf mask which he thinks he can use to scare the geese away, but the boys create a huge mess when they accidentally set off the plastic witch, sending the storage unit crashing down nearly on top of them. Rowley runs out of the house and climbs the big tree at the side of the house with barely any clothes just as Frank gets home, and a news crew captures the whole moment.
Frank is furious at Greg for making the mess and violating his punishment, and to make matters worse, when he attempts to explain everything to Susan, she discovers that the boys filmed over a tape of Manny’s first steps.
For that, Greg is grounded for another two weeks, and is also barred watching TV and playing videogames, as well as being ordered to clean up the mess and do extra chores. Rowley drinks in his newfound fame and skips school to attend on-TV interviews with talk shows, much to Greg’s dismay (Rowley doesn’t mention Greg at all).
Review by MISS_305
I am always a happy camper when ordering from Amazon! They never let me down. We pre-ordered the book during the Summer and it arrived the day of it’s release. People don’t notice the small stuff but I do. As I took the book out of the package I noticed the book has a smooth texture on the front cover. The book cover in general has a smooth grip- like texture, lol. I always love the smell of a new book but the smooth outside texture of the book adds a good feature to the book.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down has comic like pictures, but don’t think it’s a comic strip type book overall. It is a well worded book from the first page to the last page (217 pages overall) each page has a complete word filled page but the pictures adds to the imagination of the child reading this book. My son started reading this book series at 8. He’s now 10 and he LOVES this book series so much he looks forward to the new books that come out and every once in a while re-reads the older book series. We even have family movie nights and I don’t mind watching the couple movies that have been made from the “Diary of A Whimpy Kid” book series. I’m 32 and I find parts of the movie hillarious so I can only imagine reading this book as a kid. I can’t say enough good things about this book or any other book from the series. If you’re a parent like me, you’d rather watch your child read VS. Playing video games or watching TV programs. At least while reading it engages a child’s imagination as well as improving their spelling. Some studies has shown that kids, especially those that are more visual learners, spelling improves the more they read. 🙂
I will be on the lookout for more books by this same Author (Jeff Kinney). Don’t hesitate to buy the book for your child (ren). I took a glimpse of a few pages already while my son is still at school and it’s pretty funny! Ha ha ha. I posted some pictures for previewing. 😀
About the Author
Jeff Kinneyis a #1 “New York Times” bestselling author and six-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. 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” magazine 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 Plainville, Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.” –This text refers to the Audio CD edition.