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An instant #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestseller!  In Big Shot, book 16 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don’t mix. After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his An instant #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestseller!  In Big Shot, book 16 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don’t mix. After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball. Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team. As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot? See the Wimpy Kid World in a whole new way with the help of Greg Heffley’s best friend in the instant #1 bestsellers Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, and Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories!


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An instant #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestseller!  In Big Shot, book 16 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don’t mix. After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his An instant #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestseller!  In Big Shot, book 16 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don’t mix. After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball. Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team. As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot? See the Wimpy Kid World in a whole new way with the help of Greg Heffley’s best friend in the instant #1 bestsellers Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, and Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories!

30 review for Big Shot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mango

    Gave me a good laugh! Finals went by so fast, and this book definitely helped get through them. -------------------------------------- My mom: You're too old for these books! Me: Hahahaha, one can never be too old for Diary of a Wimpy Kid. My mom: *Considers it* Ok, let me try the first book. *A day later* My mom: OMG THESE BOOKS ARE SO HILARIOUS. Please don't say "I told you so." Me: *Trying to resist but temptation gives out in the end* I told you- My mom: *Rolls her eyes* Do you have the next book? C Gave me a good laugh! Finals went by so fast, and this book definitely helped get through them. -------------------------------------- My mom: You're too old for these books! Me: Hahahaha, one can never be too old for Diary of a Wimpy Kid. My mom: *Considers it* Ok, let me try the first book. *A day later* My mom: OMG THESE BOOKS ARE SO HILARIOUS. Please don't say "I told you so." Me: *Trying to resist but temptation gives out in the end* I told you- My mom: *Rolls her eyes* Do you have the next book? Can't wait for this one!! XD

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Greg's mom urges him to join group sports, and despite his misgivings, he follows the obligatory mom mandate and tries out for the basketball team. Of course, he makes the cut and contrary to mom's enthusiasm and positive experience, he finds himself in a less successful position. The focus is squarely on Greg and his individual contributions (or lack thereof) to his school basketball team. Sadly, Rowley, Rodrick, Manny, and the legendary Löded Diper are not present to provide their own brand of Greg's mom urges him to join group sports, and despite his misgivings, he follows the obligatory mom mandate and tries out for the basketball team. Of course, he makes the cut and contrary to mom's enthusiasm and positive experience, he finds himself in a less successful position. The focus is squarely on Greg and his individual contributions (or lack thereof) to his school basketball team. Sadly, Rowley, Rodrick, Manny, and the legendary Löded Diper are not present to provide their own brand of comedic interest. As a non-sporty, athletically disinclined individual myself, I found Greg's experiences to be identical to my own. I remember not having a clue what I was doing in team sports and always getting stuck on the same team in gym class as the super competitive kids who knew every rule of the game and managed to suck all of the fun out of trying to learn and play a new sport. It's possible that this book is entirely more relatable to adults who were the notorious underdogs during their school years and experienced the same type of challenges from peers, parents, and coaches. Entertaining to read, and all too true to life for the athletically challenged team player.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beeg Panda

    🥳 It’s OUT! Don’t know who’s happier, me or the kids😃 🥳

  4. 5 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    Greg's school is hosting Field day which happens once every four years much like the Olympics. And this year whichever Homeroom wins the competition, their class gets a day off from school. After watching the Olympics on TV earlier this summer and at his mum's insistence, Greg tries to get into shape and into sports but things don't pan out well. But his mum keeps insisting that he give sports another shot. So he goes to the tryouts for Basketball just to get his mum off his back. He is absolute Greg's school is hosting Field day which happens once every four years much like the Olympics. And this year whichever Homeroom wins the competition, their class gets a day off from school. After watching the Olympics on TV earlier this summer and at his mum's insistence, Greg tries to get into shape and into sports but things don't pan out well. But his mum keeps insisting that he give sports another shot. So he goes to the tryouts for Basketball just to get his mum off his back. He is absolutely sure that he won't make the team but when his mum gets a response saying that Greg is part of a Basketball team, Greg actually has to play. Would he turn out to be a pro? A new addition to the series. This is mainly focused on Greg along with his mum which I didn't mind. Although I enjoyed this, I do have to say that this is my least favorite from the series. I loved the sketches as always. 3 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

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    I want to read this book so bad!!!!!!!!!! But my dad says that I’m too old for this series and I needed to start reading some classics… :/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fred Forbes

    "Over 250 million sold!" proclaims the cover. Yeah, and 16 of them are mine. I know, I know, kids book. But if you, like me, remember your middle school years and have retained some of your adolescent sense of humor (most males do), you will get a kick out of this one. Particularly if sports was not your "thing" in those days. Entertaining as usual! "Over 250 million sold!" proclaims the cover. Yeah, and 16 of them are mine. I know, I know, kids book. But if you, like me, remember your middle school years and have retained some of your adolescent sense of humor (most males do), you will get a kick out of this one. Particularly if sports was not your "thing" in those days. Entertaining as usual!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Davidson

    I don’t care if I’m way too old for these book, I’m going keep reading them until the series is over.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lia (Taylor's Version)

    this is pretty fun but it's not as good as my favorites from the series (the meltdown. rodrick rules, double down) its not bad, I actually really like it, its just not my fave :) this is pretty fun but it's not as good as my favorites from the series (the meltdown. rodrick rules, double down) its not bad, I actually really like it, its just not my fave :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ainul Chowdhury

    Disappointing! I am a fan of this series , this is probably one of the bad books of this series. Most of the humors were overused. It’s time to take Greg heffley in middle school

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ms. B

    If you like basketball, this is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book for you. There are references to preschool soccer, the Olympics, and school field days, but the bulk of it is about the time that Greg spends playing basketball after his mother encourages him to get involved with team sports. If you like basketball, this is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book for you. There are references to preschool soccer, the Olympics, and school field days, but the bulk of it is about the time that Greg spends playing basketball after his mother encourages him to get involved with team sports.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    I'm giving this 4 stars because I'm in a four-star giving mood today, and the book is still making me smirk thinking about it. But on another day, I'd probably only give it 3 stars. I wasn't sure this would be my kind of book because I'm not really into sports (though I do like some sports romance, sports can't dominate the book as they do in this book), but I'm glad I stuck with it because I enjoyed it. However, I never laughed out loud, and I'm pretty sure this is the only Diary of a Wimpy Kid I'm giving this 4 stars because I'm in a four-star giving mood today, and the book is still making me smirk thinking about it. But on another day, I'd probably only give it 3 stars. I wasn't sure this would be my kind of book because I'm not really into sports (though I do like some sports romance, sports can't dominate the book as they do in this book), but I'm glad I stuck with it because I enjoyed it. However, I never laughed out loud, and I'm pretty sure this is the only Diary of a Wimpy Kid book where I failed to do that. Susan Heffley doesn't know when to give up, from making Greg try out for a basketball team to making them go to a statement tournament for teams who never won all season, which makes for some of the humor in the book. (view spoiler)[ In a turn of events where she trades Greg out to the other team when one of their players gets injured, Greg scores, and the new team Greg is on wins, making Greg's original team the absolute worst in the state. 😂 Greg is happy at the end to score the winning goal, but he doesn't seem to realize that he made his team the worst in the state. (hide spoiler)] I've noticed how in the last book as well, the climax of the story is on two pages, with the picture fully expanded. I wonder if this happened in the other books too. I know some people think the author should just end the series already, but I'm enjoying them too much to want them to ever stop. I wouldn't mind there being 30 books before Jeff Kinney is done or if he continues writing them till he dies/retires. Anyway, I finally caught up with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series...that is till Book 17 releases in October, but I'm really looking forward to that one about Rodrick's band. (Recently, I was thinking about it would be nice to hear more about the band, and now we're going to be getting a whole book on them! I want them to become famous and make it big, even if they're not actually great ~well, according to Greg~ LOL.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Browning

    low two stars. the most uninspired wimpy kid in years. rowley is mentioned once in the first thirty pages and never again, proof that mckinney’s decision to give him his own series is leading to a general disinterest in the character. all that happens in this one is a mike lupica plot except the team never gets any better and greg’s mom abuses him. was an entire basketball book worth it for a line about susan heffley gettin double-teamed? and does God truly love us for who we are or who we could low two stars. the most uninspired wimpy kid in years. rowley is mentioned once in the first thirty pages and never again, proof that mckinney’s decision to give him his own series is leading to a general disinterest in the character. all that happens in this one is a mike lupica plot except the team never gets any better and greg’s mom abuses him. was an entire basketball book worth it for a line about susan heffley gettin double-teamed? and does God truly love us for who we are or who we could be?

  13. 4 out of 5

    elsa

    4/5 Sorry Jeff Kinney I pirated this book

  14. 5 out of 5

    aashna

    3 stars only for my brown king preet patel #representation

  15. 4 out of 5

    kat ࿐ྂ ༉‧₊˚✧

    i honestly think this one was my favorite doawk book so far! and for the first time i really really liked greg!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Greg, who hates anything remotely physical- he sees sweat as a sign that your body is telling you to stop- is first destroyed in every category of his school's Field Day, then cut from every basketball team, to his delight. But his mother is determined to relive her athletic glory days through him, and so he ends up on a team made up entirely of kids who were culled from other teams . . . and of course, hijinks ensue! Greg, who hates anything remotely physical- he sees sweat as a sign that your body is telling you to stop- is first destroyed in every category of his school's Field Day, then cut from every basketball team, to his delight. But his mother is determined to relive her athletic glory days through him, and so he ends up on a team made up entirely of kids who were culled from other teams . . . and of course, hijinks ensue!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monika Ghosh

    I'm a big fan of this series but this one wasn’t quite as good. I'm heartbroken. I'm a big fan of this series but this one wasn’t quite as good. I'm heartbroken.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Oh, wow, looks like I’m the first person to actually review this. Good thing the library had the ebook available the day of release. In this Wimpy Kid, Greg sucks at field day so his mom makes him play basketball on a team full of other nonathletic kids. It was a fun one, as always. The first half, focusing on the Olympics and field day, was a little boring, but it picked up in the second part. Predictable ending, but very fun, and it’s meant for seven-year-olds anyway, so I wasn’t expecting to b Oh, wow, looks like I’m the first person to actually review this. Good thing the library had the ebook available the day of release. In this Wimpy Kid, Greg sucks at field day so his mom makes him play basketball on a team full of other nonathletic kids. It was a fun one, as always. The first half, focusing on the Olympics and field day, was a little boring, but it picked up in the second part. Predictable ending, but very fun, and it’s meant for seven-year-olds anyway, so I wasn’t expecting to be surprised by anything.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    In this book Greg decides to play some team sports. This was not my favorite book by far I enjoy the beginning but as soon as it started getting a bit too sporty I found it to be kind of boring.

  20. 5 out of 5

    christine

    Maybe like a 2.5... I mean this is one of my childhood series I would always read whenever a new book came out and so even as a 16 year old I decided to read this new one haha. But maybe it's because I'm a little older now or I don't know but I didn't feel the same as I read this one as when I read this series back when I was a child. Maybe I should just leave these to my memory hahah Maybe like a 2.5... I mean this is one of my childhood series I would always read whenever a new book came out and so even as a 16 year old I decided to read this new one haha. But maybe it's because I'm a little older now or I don't know but I didn't feel the same as I read this one as when I read this series back when I was a child. Maybe I should just leave these to my memory hahah

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rizwan Khalil

    After finishing yesterday, I grudgingly gave it a 4-star. But now that I more and more think about it, compared to the previous unpredictable brilliant ones (The Deep End, The Getaway, Wrecking Ball)... this one was a bit of a disappointment, too many predictable stuff (other than the absolute bonkers of an ending) and most of all, just not very funny. Still, that laugh-out-loud classic Wimpy Kidish ending I mentioned makes-up for a lot. Over all, to me it's more appropriate if I give it a 3.5 o After finishing yesterday, I grudgingly gave it a 4-star. But now that I more and more think about it, compared to the previous unpredictable brilliant ones (The Deep End, The Getaway, Wrecking Ball)... this one was a bit of a disappointment, too many predictable stuff (other than the absolute bonkers of an ending) and most of all, just not very funny. Still, that laugh-out-loud classic Wimpy Kidish ending I mentioned makes-up for a lot. Over all, to me it's more appropriate if I give it a 3.5 out of 5 rating. (When will we EVER get that 0.5 rating system included??)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peyton

    it is one of the best of the sirei

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Gottshalk

    This book is hilarious, and I finished it in two sittings. In this one, Greg is all about sports - from gym class to Field Day to his travel basketball team, which is predictably horrendous. I think that anyone who plays on an organized sports team will appreciate the funny moments in this book. So glad I was able to read it only a day after it arrived in my local library!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Felix

    As always the diary of a wimpy kid series doesn't disappoint. Although I wouldn't say it is the best wimpy kid I still very much enjoyed it. I especially liked it because it was about basketball. I recommend if you want a few laughs. As always the diary of a wimpy kid series doesn't disappoint. Although I wouldn't say it is the best wimpy kid I still very much enjoyed it. I especially liked it because it was about basketball. I recommend if you want a few laughs.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Definitely not one of my favorites of the series. It wasn't as funny as the others. Definitely not one of my favorites of the series. It wasn't as funny as the others.

  26. 5 out of 5

    FroggyTheFrog

    Incredibly dissapointing. Look I get this book was written for kids- but for someone who's still reading the series out of nostalgia... Not great at all. It wasn't entertaining, I got bored halfway through, the only decent plot was rushed or thrown out of the window. Didn't we already go through Greg's hate for sports in a previous book? Why are we doing it again, and just doing it WORSE. Anyhow I'd urge you all to skip this one. Incredibly dissapointing. Look I get this book was written for kids- but for someone who's still reading the series out of nostalgia... Not great at all. It wasn't entertaining, I got bored halfway through, the only decent plot was rushed or thrown out of the window. Didn't we already go through Greg's hate for sports in a previous book? Why are we doing it again, and just doing it WORSE. Anyhow I'd urge you all to skip this one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vikas

    My kid should be reading these books but alas he isn't interested in reading so far, no issues, I would continue to read them and keep them in my library for as and when my son decides to start reading. Till then Jeff Kinney would keep on writing this books and I am gonna buy and keep on reading them. People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for My kid should be reading these books but alas he isn't interested in reading so far, no issues, I would continue to read them and keep them in my library for as and when my son decides to start reading. Till then Jeff Kinney would keep on writing this books and I am gonna buy and keep on reading them. People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genres but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is, of course, Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    I am the biggest fan of diary of a wimpy kid! Jeff Kinney is such a good writer! It is a very light and easy book. This book gave me some good laughs and can be very relatable. Super appropriate for kids and I would most recommend to people in their early teens. Check out all the other diary of a wimpy kids.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Victor The Reader

    Our Greg Heffley attempts to try and shed his “wimpy kid” image, with the nagging help of his mother, when he tries out for basketball and reluctantly makes it and his equally underachieving team hope to make it during their season. A- (91%/Excellent)

  30. 4 out of 5

    brihanna

    i liked the ending, but i was really lost reading it, i kind of got bored half way through

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