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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 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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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 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

    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 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. 4 out of 5

    Beeg Panda

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

  4. 4 out of 5

    •Endless Nanako•

    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… :/

  5. 4 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!

  6. 5 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    elsa

    4/5 Sorry Jeff Kinney I pirated this book

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lia (aseriesofmyunfortunatelife)

    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 :)

  10. 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

  11. 5 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!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    I Wanna read dis book badly rn!!!!

  13. 4 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rizwan

    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??)

  16. 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!

  17. 5 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.

  18. 5 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.

  19. 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)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Another great entry in the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series; while there is sadly a noticeable lack of Manny, the hero of his brother's previous story, Gerg made up for it by starting to grow up and become a man. Big Shot is a parody of your typical underdog story, Team of losers becomes the champions yada yada, But Greg is an unequivocal Loser, him and his team, but at least he's trying. At least he's willing to bend the knee to his mom and try, for her sake. And, eventually, Gerg wins, he's not a w Another great entry in the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series; while there is sadly a noticeable lack of Manny, the hero of his brother's previous story, Gerg made up for it by starting to grow up and become a man. Big Shot is a parody of your typical underdog story, Team of losers becomes the champions yada yada, But Greg is an unequivocal Loser, him and his team, but at least he's trying. At least he's willing to bend the knee to his mom and try, for her sake. And, eventually, Gerg wins, he's not a winner, but he's not the worst loser, which feels like a lesson he's been needing to learn. I have hope that this will help launch Greg into finally leaving behind his selfish middle school phase, and start developing into someone who can look at himself in the mirror and smile. You go, Greg.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bebe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cool

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alia B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. He wants to win a game

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This was okay - it started out with some parts that gave me good laughs, and even though I appreciated the silliness and absurdity of it all, the story itself kind of dragged. Then again, I'm not a sports person, so even reading about silly terrible games was kind of torturous. Did love the little twist at the end, though! This was okay - it started out with some parts that gave me good laughs, and even though I appreciated the silliness and absurdity of it all, the story itself kind of dragged. Then again, I'm not a sports person, so even reading about silly terrible games was kind of torturous. Did love the little twist at the end, though!

  24. 4 out of 5

    owhrel

    I'm too old for this book but I still enjoyed it I'm too old for this book but I still enjoyed it

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    This newest DWK is eerily similar to my own 8th grade basketball experience. #IAmGregHeffley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Connor Castner

    The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series doesn’t have a bad book, and Big Shot continues this trend. This time around Jeff Kinney focuses fully on sports Which he has not done before. In this edition Greg goes out and tries out for the basketball team. He doesn’t expect to make the team but to his surprise sort of does. He makes the team for all the kids who didn’t make the 2 main teams. Throughout the book, Greg’s team doesn’t win a single game. When the playoffs come they get eliminated in the first ro The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series doesn’t have a bad book, and Big Shot continues this trend. This time around Jeff Kinney focuses fully on sports Which he has not done before. In this edition Greg goes out and tries out for the basketball team. He doesn’t expect to make the team but to his surprise sort of does. He makes the team for all the kids who didn’t make the 2 main teams. Throughout the book, Greg’s team doesn’t win a single game. When the playoffs come they get eliminated in the first round. Greg’s mom Susan takes over as a basketball coach when she sees there is a second chance tournament. In the second chance tournament, They lose all their games. If you lose your games though you move on to the next round until you win. They lose every game. When the final game comes the opposing team doesn’t have enough players. So Susan sends Greg over to the other team. Greg has only scored one point throughout the entire season. At the very last second he shoots the shot backwards and makes it. Very good book as always.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Foster

    These books just never get old

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central As squirrely as Greg is, he's never been portrayed as a sports fanatic, and we find out why in Big Shot. No matter what sport he's tried, from soccer as a kindergartner to baseball to field day, he's been a spectacular failure. This is fine as far as he is concerned; sports, to him, are more about the snacks. He'd much rather be playing video games, but his mother, a former basketball player, is determined to get him to play something. Eventually, he ag Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central As squirrely as Greg is, he's never been portrayed as a sports fanatic, and we find out why in Big Shot. No matter what sport he's tried, from soccer as a kindergartner to baseball to field day, he's been a spectacular failure. This is fine as far as he is concerned; sports, to him, are more about the snacks. He'd much rather be playing video games, but his mother, a former basketball player, is determined to get him to play something. Eventually, he agrees to try out for a basketball team, thinking that there is no chance he will make it. When star player Preet doesn't make the team because he's out of town for try outs, his father puts together a team of all of the players who were cut... including Greg! They are predictably bad, have horrible gym schedules, and can't even hold their own against a group of older men who are practicing in the gym they've reserved. They don't win a single game. When Greg's mother finds out about a tournament for teams that haven't won a single game, she is eager to enter them, hoping that under her coaching, they will be able to win and she can rectify her own fraught basketball past. Like most Wimpy Kid books, this is a bit light on plot, focusing instead of humorous anecdotes about situations such as Greg at his father's gym, an unlikely Field Day fixing scheme, an adventure at a major league baseball stadium, and a rivalry with the nearby town of Slacksville. This narrative structure must be wildly appealing to the target demographic, but causes me to struggle. Big Shot has more of a plot arc than Hard Luck, but not as much as The Getaway. We see very little of Rowley in this installment, which is okay. I worry about his toxic relationship with Greg, but here he only has to deal with Greg hosting him for "tasting parties" for the weird snacks his mother buys. Haddock Skin Chips, Sweet Potato Cookies or Seaweed Bars, anyone? Greg does try his best to be a good team mate and sportsman, even if his efforts are sometimes misguided. There is even some talk of the team getting together again, but Greg thinks it might be wise to quite while he's ahead. The big appeal of these books is partly due to the line illustrations and hand drawn style of font that gave rise to the trend of Notebook Novels. Other competitors in this field are Peirce's Big Nate, Kalicky's My Life in Smiley, and Pichon's Tom Gates, which have similar formats but differing levels of plot and character development. With the addition of sports, even with Greg's somewhat negative take on them, this will be a hugely popular title. Greg isn't quite as much of a horrible character in this book, and I did enjoy his mother. Still not understanding the huge appeal of these.

  29. 4 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Book Sixteen! Who would have predicted it? Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be thrilled to know their favorite anti-hero is back again. This time he's on the basketball court, as the result of his mother's urging and his failure at other team sports. As it turns out, his mom has ulterior motives, and like so many other parents, she intends to relive her glory days on the court through Greg's experience. But Greg is bad, really bad, at basketball, and he doesn't make either of the tea Book Sixteen! Who would have predicted it? Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be thrilled to know their favorite anti-hero is back again. This time he's on the basketball court, as the result of his mother's urging and his failure at other team sports. As it turns out, his mom has ulterior motives, and like so many other parents, she intends to relive her glory days on the court through Greg's experience. But Greg is bad, really bad, at basketball, and he doesn't make either of the teams during tryouts. Through a strange series of events, a team consisting of all the boys who were cut during tryouts and one superstar player who wasn't at tryouts is formed. The rest of the book follows the team's season and performance in the Second Chance Tournament where Greg just might get a chance to redeem himself--or not. As usual, the book is filled with humor and antics reminiscent of early middle grades. Reading these books always makes me chuckle since they are so relatable and because Greg is often so clueless about his own abilities. It was entertaining to see him in a new role as well as to see this need of his mother. Like a couple of other reviewers, I'm proud to say that I've read every title in this series, and I plan to keep reading them until Jeff Kinney stops writing them. We all need a bit of humor in our days, especially these days.

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