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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel
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The book's official cover.

Author/Illustrator/Cover Artist

Jeff Kinney


Abrams Books (Amulet Books) (US), Penguin Books (Puffin Books) (UK)

Release Date

November 13, 2012


217 (234 including activity pages)

Preceded by

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Followed by

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck



Book Number


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel is the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It was released on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. the cover shows Greg looking dirty, holding a bouquet and a box of chocolates.

Main Characters


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Greg talks about his baby days and explains (probably from his imagination) that before being born, he was in a dark place swimming and napping anytime he wanted, until being woken up by classical music that his mother Susan would send through "parental speakers". Susan would also tell Greg about her life through the speakers too, and Frank would also tell him about his day at work. Greg then got tired of it and got out three weeks early. Then, he explains how everything he got was a hand down from his elder brother Rodrick. Susan used to not let Greg crawl a lot, and that resulted in Greg being way behind his playmates in the physical stuff. Greg finally learned to walk, but was in preschool by the time and was still quite behind his classmates. His classmates could do things like use zippers and buttons and many other things Greg was unable to, so he tried to slow them down by giving them wrong information. However, the teacher thought he wasn't learning well and called Susan and told her. Susan made him skip a grade to kindergarten, but he was scared there and went back again.

Greg then explains Susan may have realized that whatever she did for Greg would not work for Manny, as she uses a different technique. Manny's social skills are a bit bad: he also watches The Snurples, a show in which the characters have their own gibberish language, and he also made imaginary friends to escape danger, have fun, and get extra dessert. Greg's mother starts a Family Night thing where they go out or play games rather than watch TV, Greg then talks about the family restaurant, Corny's. Greg is doing house chores until he heard a knock and finds his Uncle Gary at the door. Uncle Gary had bought some Boston counter shirts after loaning some of Frank's money, but the shirts have a typo and he needed a place to stay in. Living with Gary is bad for the Heffley family. His nightmares make Manny shift his bed away from the wall, and whenever Rodrick is kicked out of bed in the morning, he has to sleep on the up part of the couch.

Greg explains how Gary has been trying to get a job, but quits after a few days whenever he gets one. One of Greg's teachers, Mrs. Moretta announces in Phys Ed that the ballroom dancing unit is starting and people should find a partner by writing their names in slips and submitting them. Greg explains he will be fine with pairing with anyone except for Ruby Bird, a girl in Greg's school who has a bad habit of biting people and was suspended for biting Mr. Underwood in the elbow. At the partner announcement day, in Greg's favor, Ruby is paired with Fregley, but Greg and four other boys were partnerless. The teacher paired them up with each other.

An assembly by Vice Principal Roy and Mrs. Birch announces new members for the Student Council. Greg cannot sign up due to him having three detentions, but sees Rowley could be perfect. Rowley signs up to be Social Chairperson. The winner of the President voting is Eugene Ellis, who promised to replace the school's toilet paper with quilted toilet paper the teachers use. At Greg's house in his room, Uncle Gary played a future game when you are an adult, but Uncle Gary buys scratch tickets.

Javan Hill finds out that the Pillow Soft Ultra toilet paper was being used by the teachers.


Javan Hill found that Pillow Soft Ultra toilet paper was being used by the teachers, not the kids, so Eugene went to the lounge and showed Mrs. Birch. The school introduces a program where students can bring in their own toilet paper. However, the plan backfires when some of the boys start a toilet paper fight in the cafeteria. The school then sets a rule that kids are only allowed to have five squares of toilet paper, much to Greg's dismay, because he brought in twenty rolls and believed that five squares wasn't enough. Now that the staff is checking peoples' bags and lockers to see if they had more than five, Greg decided to have his own secret bathroom stall to keep all of the toilet paper, but that backfired when people eventually found out that Greg was hoarding toilet paper. After this whole toilet paper experience, students learned that they are going to raise money of their own if they want something.

The Student Council brainstormed ideas for a fundraiser, but most of the boys in the council decided on a mixed motocross/wrestling event. The fundraising community was formed, and, in the end, Valentine's Day Dance a school fundraiser. Ever since word got around about the dance, that's all everyone can talk about. The girls are really excited, however the boys couldn't care less. Greg has heard a bunch of guys saying that there is no way there gonna pay 3 bucks to go to the dance in the school gymnasium but all of that changed this week when they started selling Candy Grams. The Candy Grams are invitations to the Valentine's Day Dance and the Dance Committee started selling them at lunch the other day. If you pay 25 cents you can send a Candy Gram to anyone you want. Bryce Anderson got ones from at least 5 different girls right off the bat. After the first wave of Candy Grams got delivered, the boys who didn't get one, got jealous of the guys who did. So there was a big rush on the Candy Grams.

There are more boys than girls in Greg's grade so he thinks that a lot of guys are nervous there not gonna end up with a date for the dance. So most boys act different when a girl is around. At lunch, guys usually take spoonfuls of mash potato and flick it up to the ceiling to try and make it stick. Sometimes Greg forgets to look up up before he finds a spot to sit. The girls hate the mashed potato thing and that's why they sit on the other side of the cafeteria. But now the boys now there not gonna get a date if they act like jerks. Greg cancelled its hard for a lot of boys to act mature in front of girls.

Vice Principal Roy gets pansted

Greg's in the middle of Phys Ed, with the girls playing on one side of the gym and the boys on the other. The other day, a kid named Anthony Renfrew thought it would be pretty funny if he pantsed Daniel Revis while he was shooting free throws. Everyone laughed except for Daniel but later he got Anthony back when he was going for a layup. After that it was a free-for-all. Now everyone is paranoid about getting pantsed that no one will even stand up during our basketball scrimmages. Things have gotten so bad that Vice Principal Roy came into the gym to lecture the boys. But Roy should've watched where he was standing because some Kid snuck under the bleachers and got him pretty good. No one knows for sure who it was but the name there using is the Mad Pantser.

Here's another one for Greg Heffley

It's been about a week since they introduced these Candy Grams and Greg is getting concerned why he hasn't got one yet as he hasn't flung mash potato on the ceiling and hasn't he's never pansted anyone in his life, so he doesn't what a guy needs to do to impress a girl. To Greg it seems like every guy has gotten a Candy Gram. Uncle Gary was playing his computer game last night and Greg told him about the Valentine's Day Dance and the Candy Grams. Uncle Gary told me the best way to get attention is to look "unavalable". He told Greg that Greg should buy a bunch of Candy Grams and have them delivered to him so the girls would think Greg was hot property. Yesterday Greg brought 2 dollars worth of Candy Grams and they were delivered to Greg.

Greg's unfinished relationship chart

By Wednesday. Greg blowed over 5 dollars and he realised that if he keeps buying Candy Grams he's gonna starve to death. So he decided to buy a Candy Gram to a girl and see how it would. Yesterday at lunch, Greg brought Candy Gram and sent it to Adrianne Simpson. Greg didn't want to risk a whole quarter on one person so he made it moneys worth. Adrianne and Julia were both giving him dirty looks when he walked into class, so Greg's assuming its a no. Greg realised a Candy Gram isn't the only way to ask a girl to the dance. There's a girl named Leighann Marlow who sits in the same chair for homeroom that sits in the same chair Greg sits in for history class so Greg wrote her a note on his desk. Unfortunately Greg forget after school detention is held in the same room as history, so some moron jumped in with an answer before she has a chance to read Greg's note. Greg's pretty nervous as there aren't a lot of girls left to choose. One girl, who doesn't have a date yet is Erika Hernandez. She broke up with Jamar Law, who is famous for getting his head stuck in a chair. Its in the yearbook and everything. She would be at the top of Greg's list but Greg's worried about he'd always be thinking about her ex boyfriend and he wouldn't get past it. It's hard to keep of who is gone out with who in Greg's school. So Greg drew up a chart to show whose connected.

Uncle Gary told Greg that if he wants a girl to go to the dance with him, he's gonna have to ask her face-to-face. There's this girl named Peyton Ellis, who Greg kind of has a crush on and when he saw her drinking from the water fountain, Greg stood there patiently waiting for her to finish but Peyton must've seen Greg out of the courner of her Eye and realised Greg was gonna ask her to the dance, so she kept drinking and drinking while Greg stood there like a dope. Eventually, the Bell rang and they both had to go to class. Greg realised that he should stick to girls he sought of has a connection with. The first person that came to his mind was Bethany Breen. Greg doesn't think he has a good impression on Bethany because he's in the middle of a anatomy unit and for the past few days he's been directing frogs and Greg is really squeamish when it comes to that sort of thing, so he just lets Bethany do the work while he stands on the other side of the room trying to not throw up. Greg was pretty happy got paired up with Bethany as Lab partners as he remembers back in elementary school, whenever a teacher picked a boy and girl to do something, the whole class would go crazy. So when he was picked to be lab partners with Bethany he was expecting some kind of reaction but by then everyone had outgrown that stuff. After all of this Greg still thinks he has a shot with her so at the end of the day yesterday, he walked up to Bethany while she was getting her coat out of the locker but before Greg got a single word out he started thinking about the frogs.

Last night, Greg told Uncle Gary what happened at school and he said he needs a "wingman" to look good in front girls so it's easier to ask one out. Greg thinks Rowleys the perfect wingman as he makes Greg look good by being himself. So today, Greg asked Rowley to be his wingman but he didn't understand the concept so Greg told him it's like being his campaign manager but for the dance. Greg and Rowley gave the wingman thing trial at lunch. On the walk home from school today, Rowley told Greg that he heard that Alyssa Grove just broke up with her boyfriend and ies looking for another date. When Greg got home, he called Alyssa's number, but nobody was there so the next thing Greg knew was that he was leaving a message. Greg clicked the pound key to delete the message but the next one wasn't good either. Rowley was in the room with Greg trying to stay completely completely quiet and when Greg looked at him, he lost it. There was no way he could leave a serious message with Rowley home so he deleted the message and hung up. Greg didn't know that hitting the pound key didn't delete the messages on the Groves' the way it does on his so later tonight, there was a knock on the door and it was from Alyssa's father.

Geg found a leather jacket of his Dad's, but in school, it is confiscated by his mother who said it was not a winter coat which makes it harder for Greg to get a date. Greg decides his best shot is to take someone who doesn't to his school to the dance. Recently, Susan has become friends with Mrs. Stringer at Church because they both worked on the Fall Fair commitee. A few nights ago, Susan invited the whole Stringer family to Greg's house for dinner on Friday and Greg can see an opportunity here for him as Laurel is in his grade so this dinner can change his fortunes. Susan spent a long time getting the house ready before the Stringers came over and Greg pitches in. During dinner, Mrs Stringer says they can never go out for dinner because Laurel is always off doing something with her friends and they can't find a babysitter for Wesley. Greg says that if they need a babysitter, they should call him as he figures it's a way to get in good with the Stringers and get money. So on Saturday, Susan drops Greg off to the Stringers house. Mrs Stringer said Laurel went to her friends house already which kind of stunk for Greg as he wanted to have a talk about the dzncd with her. The whole thing doesn't work out and Greg loses his chance with Laurel.

By then Greg pretty much gave up and is thinking about playing video games on Saturday instead but yesterday Rowley gave some news that changed everything. He said Michael Sampson had to cancel on Abigail, so now she has a dress but nobody to go to the dance. Greg and Rowley decide to go with her for the school dance. Tonight was the night of the big Valentines Day Dance and it got off to a rough start. When Greg heads to Rowley's house, but he sees two bumps on his chin that looked like mosquito bites and realizes it's chickenpox. He tries to cover it up, since the chickenpox has been contagious in school.

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Greg goes with Rowley and Abigail to Spriggo's. The host tells him that gentlemen have to wear sports jackets. Greg has to wear a smelly sports suit used by others without being washed, which makes them go to Corny's, due to Rowley's like of the dessert bar; however, Rowley and Abigail order expensive desserts, which makes Greg lie that it's Rowley's birthday to make him get a free cake. At the dance, the theme is Midnight In Paris, but old people take one half of the hall. The lights, which had only one switch, had to be on the gym for the old folks to have the meeting. Later, Uncle Gary tries to continue selling the Botson T-shirts, but people could see they were ripped off and wanted a refund. Uncle Gary distracts the kids by playing music, making elder people complain. When the volume was down, all the girls took out their CD players and danced, but the boys cut loose and made a ruckus everywhere. Meanwhile, Gary announces the final song and Greg danced with Abigail. But Greg sees pimples on Abigail, which he thinks is chickenpox. Later they head home, and Greg realizes the "chickenpox" on Abigail was a pimple and that the same may go for the bumps on Rowley. He doesn't think Abigail saw it that way, because she wasn't chatty with him on the way home.

In the end, Uncle Gary moves out after he wins $40,000 on a scratch card, which he wasted a lot of the money he made from the dance on to buy scratch cards. Greg ends up getting the chickenpox, but he gets to take a bath in peace. The experience isn't like how he lived before he was born and when he opens his eyes, the towel next to the bathroom was gone. Greg says either someone's messing with him, or either Johnny Cheddar is at it again.

Extract quotes from the book

  • I looked for a way to escape, but I was trapped. Luckily, Abigail walked out of the bathroom at that exact moment and I grabbed her hand just before Ruby got to me. Abigail's makeup was a mess from all of the crying, but I didn't really care. I was just happy to have an excuse to get away from Ruby. And to be honest with you, I think Abigail was happy to see me, too, so I led her to an empty spot on the dance floor.
  • I'd never slow-danced with a girl before, So I didn't know where I was supposed to put my hands. She put hers on my shoulder, and I put mine in my pockets, but that kind of felt dumb. So we met in the middle, and that seemed about right.
  • And speaking of Rowley and Abigail, I heard that the two of them are a couple now. All I can say is if that's true, it makes Rowley 'the worst wingman in history.'
  • I'm supposed to stay home from school for at least a week. The good news is that with everyone out of the house, I can take a long bath without anyone bothering me.
  • Or at least I THINK I'm alone. Today I had a fresh towel next to the tub, and when I opened my eyes it was gone. So either somebody's messing with me or Johnny Cheddar is at it again.
  • Everything probably would've been just fine, but at lunch, someone threw a roll of toilet paper at somebody else, and within about fifteen seconds it was a total madhouse.
  • I couldn't find any cologne in Rodrick's junk drawer, but I DID find a bottle of that body spray they're always advertising on TV. I was a little nervous about using it, though, because if that stuff really works as they say in the ads then tomorrow night could be a nightmare.
  • I just watched everything play out from my spot against the back wall, wondering why I'd wanted to go to the dance in the first place. I was also to regret not wearing the body spray from Rodrick's junk drawer because Great Uncle Bruce's cologne was attracting people outside my age group.
  • Even my PACIFIER was a hand-me-down from Rodrick. I don't think he was ready to give it up, though, which explains why he never really liked me.
  • Every once in a while, a few latecomers would walk in and turn right back around when they saw what was happening. But, at around 9:00, Michael Sampson came in hold hands with Cherie Ballenger.
  • Also, the service is TERRIBLE at Corny's, so we always just get the buffet and serve ourselves.

Sneak Peek

This is a small 54 page sneak peek into the book given by Diary of a Wimpy Kid Wiki. You might need to click on the images to view them more clearly. There was also a 7 page sneak peek if you had pre ordered the book from Scholastic.

Major Events and Moments

  • Greg talks about the days when he was a baby.
  • Gary Heffley moves in with the Heffleys.
  • Rowley becomes the Social Chairperson.
  • Eugene Ellis becomes the President of Student Council.
  • Javan Hill becomes the Treasurer.
  • Hillary Pine becomes the Vice President.
  • Olivia Davis becomes the Secretary.
  • The formation of the Dance Committee.
  • Greg tries to get a date for the Valentine's Day Dance.
  • Greg goes to the Valentine's Day Dance with Abigail and Rowley as a group of "friends".
  • Gary Heffley wins $40,000 from his scratch card and moves out of the house.
  • Greg gets chicken pox in the end.
  • Rowley and Abigail possibly became a couple. It is confirmed in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck that they are actually a couple until the end of the book.


  • Holly Hills was rumored to be Greg’s partner for the dance by many fans, but she wasn't even mentioned and only appeared in Greg’s relationship chart as liking Bryce Anderson. This could mean that Greg has given up on Holly. At the end of The Last Straw, it was hinted after Greg wrote the fake letter from Holly Hills that he gave up on her due to being too hard to reach.
  • The Mad Pantser’s identity is unknown.
    • He could be Anthony Renfrew since Anthony was the starter of Pantsing Fever, but it could also be somebody else.
      • The size of the Mad Pantser's hand is shown to be different from that of Anthony's, but that could just be a generic hand to show the mystery of the Mad Pantser.
      • Additionally, some boys who got chicken pox and sent home were hinted to be potential answers to the mystery, since there were no additional pantsing incidents after that.
      • Some viewers suspect Fregley to be the Mad Pantser due to the fact that his partner, Ruby Bird, was not with him at the dance.
  • There is an exclusive version of this book, which has Fregley’s secret note in the back. It's a poem by Fregley that shows why girls (specifically Ruby Bird) must go with him to the dance. You can also see it if you have the e-book version.
  • Rowley closes his mouth for the second time in the books on Page 166 while eating chocolate.
  • It was revealed that Rodrick might hate Greg, because Susan gave Rodrick’s pacifier to Greg and Rodrick never wanted to give his pacifier up. Howerver, this might not be true, because Rodrick doesn't act childish and Greg is not always true.
  • It is unknown what really happened to Greg’s towel at the end of the story.
  • Rodrick has a much shorter role in this book; in most of the parts when the family gathers together Rodrick is not there.
    • Also, Rodrick doesn't bother Greg, making it the first book to not have Rodrick bully Greg.
      • Rodrick also does not have any dialogue in this book.
  • This is the first time a character's lies about it being another character's birthday at a restaurant.
  • Greg has his covers yanked off the bed by his father to wake him up for school. This is the second time this has happened in the series, the first being The Last Straw.
  • Greg apparently weighed only five pounds and seven ounces at birth - the average is seven pounds and eight ounces, meaning he was two pounds lighter than average; this hints why he was so thin and another hint is that he was born three weeks premature, as well as Greg mentioning that he never met Rodrick until a few days after he was born.
  • The book's title was originally Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Odd Man Out, but Kinney changed it to The Third Wheel for a reason. The twitter post is here.
  • Rowley and Abigail Brown remain a couple in Hard Luck, marking the first time either Greg or Rowley has had a relationship and even more remarkably over more than one book.
  • In this book even in the flash-backs, Greg doesn't have buck teeth; this is the first book to feature a very young or baby Greg without buck teeth.
  • This book covers the months of January and February.
  • This is the first book where someone gets Chickenpox.
  • This the third time that Greg’s Diary is mentioned, the first is Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
  • This is the 3rd book in the series to have "the" in the title.
  • This is the second book to begin in January. The Last Straw was the first.
  • On Page 116, Abigail is Shown to be dating with Michael Sampson


  • This is the second book to have an error in the length of a month. February had 5 weeks instead of 4. The first was Dog Days, in the month of June.
  • Rodrick is shown much skinnier then he is in other books.
  • On page 198, the girl on the left is wearing a flower scrunchie but on the very next page, it's replaced by a standard bow tie.

Foreign Translations (subtitle)

Language Title Translate
Dutch Zwaar de klos! Heavy Duty!
French Un coeur à prendre A Heart to Take
German Dumm gelaufen! Gone Stupid!
Greek Στους δύο τρίτος δε χωρεί It does not fit in two thirds
Hebrew הצלע השלישית The third rib
Italian Guai in arrivo! Trouble Incoming!
Japanese どんどん、ひどくなるよ It Gets Worse and Worse
Korean 큐피드의 법칙 Cupid's Law
Norwegian Femte hjul på vogna Fifth wheel on the cart
Polish Trzeci do pary Third to Pair
Brazilian Portuguese Segurando vela Holding candle
European Portuguese O emplastro The dupree
Russian Третий лишний Third extra
Serbian Levo smetalo Left mind
Spanish buscando plan... looking for plan ...
European Spanish Sin pareja Without partner
Latin American Spanish Tres no es compañia Three is not company
Swedish Femte hjulet Fifth wheel
Turkish Ah Kalbim! Oh my heart!
Welsh Y Gwsberan The Summit


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

Here is the trailer for the book on Jeff Kinney's YouTube channel, aka Wimpy Kid on YouTube released in 2014.