Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot [1]
Big Shot.jpg

The official book cover.


Jeff Kinney


Abram Books (Amulet Books) and Puffin Books

Release Date

October 26, 2021


224 (217 reading pages)

Preceded by

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End (chronologically)
Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories (release order)

Cover Artists

Jeff Kinney

Book Number



White, blue, and yellow with an athletic shorts texture



Succeeded by

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 17

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot[2] will be the sixteenth book in the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. On Twitter, Jeff Kinney said that he was working on both Book 15 and 16 both at the same time, and book 15 was finished. Kinney would reveal in an interview with The Boston Globe that the book would be about sports, a story he wanted to explore in the series for a while and that he thinks he finally “nailed it”. [3] A teaser for the book was released on March 5th, 2021 on Amazon. The cover was published on May 26th, 2021.[4] The book is set to be published on October 26th, 2021.


In Big Shot[5], 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?[6]


  • This is the first book to be fully based on a "sports" theme.
  • Jeff Kinney revealed on his twitter that this book starts in September, on a Monday.
  • This will be the Seventh book with Greg's Trademark frown on the cover.
    • The Last Straw previously had Greg on a soccer team which he lasted from March to Early April.
  • It is also the first book in the main series to have the color of White.
  • This is the first book to have 3 different colors on the cover and spine.
  • Jeff Kinney took 14 days to decide on an opening sentence.


Promotional Images




6. Sneakpeek of the first day

  1. Amazon page
  2. Cover release tweet
  3. The Official Wimpy Kid Website
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