The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is told via cartoon format. The main character is a boy in middle school. He has an older brother who pounds on him every chance he gets, and a baby brother who gets all the positive attention from his parents.
The first book is mainly about his friendship with Rowley. And the sinister cheese on the playground. Other books are about his family, the soccer team, his older brother, and summer vacation.
The books began in 1994 as an online series at Funbrain.com. From idea to execution to publication, the first book took nine years to write (and illustrate). Kinney's goal was to write about all the funny parts of growing up and none of the serious ones.
There is plenty of humor on every page--the drawings are perfectly matched to bring out the more subtle layers of the text.