Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down

The books official cover from the series official website


Jeff Kinney


Abram Books (through Amulet Books) (US) Penguin Books (through Puffin Books) (UK)

Release Date

November 1st, 2016



Preceded By

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

Followed By

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway



Book Number



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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down is the 11th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was released on November 1, 2016. [1]

Main Characters


The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing is video games, but his parents want him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything!—else.
When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie . . . and to become rich and famous in the process.

But is doubling down on movie-making a smart plan? Or is it just a recipe for doubling Greg’s troubles?[2]



At the beginning of the book, protagonist Greg Heffley can be seen talking about how he thinks his life is a reality TV show, and how he thinks Rodrick, Manny, and all the other people in his life are just actors and robots, similar to the plot of The Truman Show. He later explains how he thinks that Manny was brought in as a new star to replace him. Later, Greg says his Nana is watching him from heaven, and he's got a lot of issues with it.

The Book Fair is at school, and Greg's mother Susan gives him $20 to spend. He spends all of it on silly and useless items, like a pen that writes underwater and two giant pencils with googly eyes. Susan, not happy with the way Greg spent her money, makes him trade it all in for books. Greg gets the Spineticklers books, which are basically horror novels, which makes Susan more unhappy. Greg then talks about a plan to freeze himself to the future and how Halloween is coming up.

Greg then discusses how the geese are in town and the deals of having a walking pet pig. Then he talks about the school's Balloon Brigade, which is a school contest to see how far a student's balloon can travel, and how the prize is a giant bag of candy corn. 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; however, the kids unsuccessfully try to make it work.

Greg later discusses how the Spineticklers books give him nightmares and how he regrets buying them. He later says that he got his balloon back and that the kid who found his balloon, Maddox Selsam, came over for a play-date. It's later revealed that Maddox hasn't played video games or watched TV, and goes crazy when Greg pulls up a computer game. After Maddox leaves, Greg realizes that he forgot to get the balloon. Vice Principal Roy refuses to give Greg the candy corn unless he brings his balloon to school. He asks Susan for a play-date with Maddox, to which 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 any television. It is revealed Maddox has a Lego City in his room, but only lets Greg use the leftovers. Greg accidentally gets a brick stuck in his arm, which Maddox accuses Greg of stealing, leading to Greg being kicked out. Susan is disappointed at Greg, as he viewed Maddox as an antisocial nerd instead of a good role model. Susan, now going back to college full-time, has 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. After the pig throws up multiple puddles of candy corn, 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. He then talks about how his brain works and how he has been lied to so many times over the years. Susan keeps putting the pressure on Greg to do something new other than video games while also introducing him to college. Greg and his friend Rowley later join the school band in order to get invited to Mariana Mendoza's Halloween party. He practices the French Horn but hates it and wants to quit, angering Frank who tells Greg that he can't because that was an expensive instrument and he has to honor his commitment to the instrument. Greg finds videos of a high school girl practicing the french horn, which makes Greg glad. However, Greg finds out Mariana didn't invite the entire school band, only the woodwind section. Greg gets in the party by making a "Two-Headed Monster" costume.


Greg is later harassed at school about it for leaving early. At the Fall Band Concert, Greg gets stuck in the music room because Jake McGough gave him a flat tire. Rowley notices him in there, when he came in the room, he ended up getting locked in too. Causing a huge dilemma. Frank thinks they were goofing off and punishes Greg by taking away TV and video games for 2 weeks. Greg and Rowley later find a pack of gummy worms and Greg gets the idea for a scary movie. The plot would be 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 camcorder, make a mess in the furnace room and one of the shelves comes falling down on them. Rowley runs out of the house with barely any clothes just as Frank gets home, and a news crew captures the whole moment. Frank gets mad at Greg for making the mess, and Susan later gets mad, because Greg and Rowley filmed right over a tape of Manny's first steps. Greg is additionally grounded for two more weeks, as well as having to clean up the mess and do extra chores. Rowley, on the other hand, drinks in his newfound fame and skips school to attend on-TV interviews with talk shows, much to Greg's dismay that Rowley doesn't mention Greg at all.


  • The cover's color is red-orange as revealed in the book's Virtually Live event.
  • This is the second red book (the first is Diary Diary of a Wimpy Kid).
  • This is the 11th book of the series.
  • This is the second book that Rowley doesn't wear his usual outfit in the character page. The first book is Hard Luck.
    • This is also the first book since Hard Luck where Rowley is shown in the character page.
  • This is one of the most challenging books in the series, due to a notable amount of pop culture references. This includes, but not limited to:
    • The entire introduction where Greg thinks his life is a TV show is a parody of The Truman Show. It is mentioned from Pages 1 to 15.

    • "Spineticklers" are parodies of Goosebumps, by R.L. Stine, and Spine Tinglers, by M.T. Coffin.

      • "Knee-Knockers" is a parody of Goosebumps, while "Ribtinglers" is a parody of Spine Tinglers. It is first mentioned on Page 38.

    • Spineticklers #48, “Wake Me Up In The Year 3000” is a parody of Futurama. It was first mentioned on Page 41.

    • The idea of clowns kidnapping kids in an ice cream truck is a parody of Clown Horror. Namely the clown jumpscares, and It, a novel by Stephen King, which became a movie in 2017. Greg’s Grandpa first mentions this on Page 115.

    • The geese attacks are a parody of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds. It is mentioned on Pages 54, 211, and 215.

    • I.M Spooky, the author of the Spineticklers books, is a parody of R.L. Stine, the real life author who wrote the Goosebumps series, and M.T. Coffin, the real life author who wrote the Spine Tinglers series.

      • “Ribtinglers” author, R.U. Scared, is a parody of Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine, and “Knee-Knockers” author, M.T. Grave, is a parody of Spine Tinglers author, M.T. Coffin.

    • The controversy surrounding Spineticklers is a parody of the controversy surrounding Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey.

    • The ending where Greg wants to make a movie is based on The Blair Witch Project. It is first mentioned on Page 193.

    • "Night Of The Night Crawlers" is actually Squirm, but with gummy worms, instead of real life worms. The movie poster is only shown on Page 194.

    • There is a girl dressed like Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter franchise at the Halloween party. She is first shown on Page 168.

    • The nightmare where Greg is a Turtle is a parody of Super Mario Bros. It is first mentioned on Page 76.

    • The nightmare where Zombie Pirates force Greg to walk the plank is a parody of Pirates Of The Caribbean. It is first mentioned on Page 75.

    • The nightmare where Greg has a Tail is a parody of Temple Run, an "Endless Running" video game for most electronic devices. It is first mentioned on Page 74.

  • Greg rarely wears shorts in this book, usually appearing in long pants or jeans.
    • This could just be character development, as Greg is growing up.
  • The words "Double Down" in the title are written in the Cheese font, as confirmed during the book's Virtually Live event. During that event, they hinted that the Cheese/Cheese Touch might return in this book.
    • The Cheese does come back in this book, but the Cheese TOUCH is only mentioned on Page 64.
  • The backpack tipping over Greg on the cover is meant to be an ode to the backpack that makes Greg slouch on the first book's cover.
  • This is the second book that has a reptile skin design.
    • The first is Old School.
      • This is also the first book with the new Amulet logo.
  • On Page 35, in the background, a group of kids are playing what may be "Girls Chase Boys".
  • This is the fourth book where Fregley is absent.
  • This is the first time the spine uses two colors (Red-Orange and Yellow). The second is The Getaway (which uses the colors Blue-Teal and Green).
  • This is the second odd-numbered book to not have it’s sub-title start with "The". The first is the first book.
    • This is also the second odd-numbered book which doesn't have three words in its sub-title (this book only has two words in its sub-title). The first is also the first book, which doesn't have a sub-title.
  • This is the first time Greg's tongue is shown on the cover.
  • Jeff Kinney stated in an interview that the book will be about exceptionalism. In an interview, Jeff stated that "Greg always thought he was special in some way, despite lacking any evidence to support that notion. In the 11th book, Greg sets out to discover what makes him unique in order to justify the grand vision he has of himself." Find out more by visiting this link:
  • It Is revealed Greg has more relatives. It also shows that Peepaw may be dead, or he’s still alive.
  • This is the first time since Hard Luck where the months don't skip from the previous book.
  • This is the first book since Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever where the month in the beginning is the same as the month in the end from the previous book.
  • There is another appearance of LEGO, owned by Maddox Selsam.
  • This is the first book that references a lot of myths.
  • This is the second book where The Heffleys' Pig has a role where he’s in the Heffley family.
    • The pig eats candy twice in this book. It ate candy corn on Page 99, and it ate gummy worms on Page 210.
      • This book reveals that the pig can get sick if it eats candy corn, but doesn’t get sick if it eats gummy worms.
  • This is the first book in which the color of the spine is different than that of the cover. The second is The Getaway.


  • On page 64 it says Roast Roast Beef when it should say Roast Beef, which is wrong. But in The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, on page 69, the card on the table says: "Todays Special, Roast Roast Beef," so it could've been on purpose.
    • This was proven to be a mistake, as it was fixed in a re-print.
      • The Roast Roast Beef special is possibly a joke by the movie makers to make fun of the error.
  • In the book, Greg says Nana worked as a waitress. However, in the preview, he says she worked as a nurse.
    • This may just be a change of plans.
  • On the top of page 49, the characters were shown too short.
  • On page 94, Mrs. Selsam's leg is in a humanly impossible position, and her skirt is shown as only covering that one leg.



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