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You’ve never seen the Wimpy Kid World like this before—an entirely new, awesome, friendly, truly fantastic fantasy quest from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney!   From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest You’ve never seen the Wimpy Kid World like this before—an entirely new, awesome, friendly, truly fantastic fantasy quest from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney!   From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mom from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive? Find out in Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure!   And don’t miss Rowley Jefferson’s first book, the instant #1 bestseller, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal!


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You’ve never seen the Wimpy Kid World like this before—an entirely new, awesome, friendly, truly fantastic fantasy quest from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney!   From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest You’ve never seen the Wimpy Kid World like this before—an entirely new, awesome, friendly, truly fantastic fantasy quest from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney!   From the imagination of Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions. Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mom from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive? Find out in Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure!   And don’t miss Rowley Jefferson’s first book, the instant #1 bestseller, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal!

30 review for Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Gao

    That is it! I am never, ever, EVER reading realistic fiction again!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Next to Greg's mom, Rowley is my favorite character in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (which I started when my kids were young). I am really glad that he is getting his own series. Of course Greg is still a jerk in the background... but "background" being the key word. I was getting a bit tired of how much of a brat and a bully Greg is throughout the main series, so it is nice to see him delegated more or less to the background of this series. I hope that Kinney continues to write for Rowley an Next to Greg's mom, Rowley is my favorite character in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (which I started when my kids were young). I am really glad that he is getting his own series. Of course Greg is still a jerk in the background... but "background" being the key word. I was getting a bit tired of how much of a brat and a bully Greg is throughout the main series, so it is nice to see him delegated more or less to the background of this series. I hope that Kinney continues to write for Rowley and continues to let Rowley break out of Greg's shadow (and stand up more for himself against Greg's bullying).

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Shannon

    This one has a joke that absolutely body slams WONDER and R.J. Palacio’s cottage industry of “Kindness” so of course I am giving it 5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Read this aloud to my six year old son, and this is exactly the kind of book I would have loved when I was a kid... and to be honest, I loved it as an adult. It's a medieval fantasy story of a kid trying to save his mom from the White Warlock, but it's also the story of two kids writing that story together. Metafictional delights ensue, and yes I am adding this to my "metafiction" shelf, right next to If on a Winter's Night a Traveler and The Princess Bride. Read this aloud to my six year old son, and this is exactly the kind of book I would have loved when I was a kid... and to be honest, I loved it as an adult. It's a medieval fantasy story of a kid trying to save his mom from the White Warlock, but it's also the story of two kids writing that story together. Metafictional delights ensue, and yes I am adding this to my "metafiction" shelf, right next to If on a Winter's Night a Traveler and The Princess Bride.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maitrey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Greg is right Rowley always forgets to do noses 👃 on people's faces 🙄

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laurene

    Those familiar with the Wimpy Kid series will recognize Rowley, the side kick of Greg Heffney. Rowley decides to write a story, about a son who believes his Mom has been taken, dresses as a knight in shinning armor and storms a fortress to save her. In between Point A to Point B, the reader get's to go on a magical adventure while meeting characters from other stories, even the narwhal from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. What stands out in this wonderful story is a middle school age boy's love o Those familiar with the Wimpy Kid series will recognize Rowley, the side kick of Greg Heffney. Rowley decides to write a story, about a son who believes his Mom has been taken, dresses as a knight in shinning armor and storms a fortress to save her. In between Point A to Point B, the reader get's to go on a magical adventure while meeting characters from other stories, even the narwhal from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. What stands out in this wonderful story is a middle school age boy's love of his family. He is torn by the pressure of his friend, Greg, to change his story to make it sellable to the mass media or to be true to the story he wants to write which reflects his own inner core. "Be Kind"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laini

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5* Greg annoyed me in this book. Rowley should be able to write his book the way HE wants too. When Greg criticized Rowley's work, it just didn't feel right.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ramsey Hootman

    I impulse-bought this at Costco for my 7 year old and ended up reading the entire thing aloud to him myself because I enjoyed it THAT much. My kid laughed at the fantasy-story and I laughed at the frame narrative, which is a hilarious takedown of basically every popular piece of advice for writers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Z

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would have liked this a lot better if Greg weren't in it. He's awful, but Rowley just goes with everything he says, which is such a pain to read. I liked the scenes where Rowley's trying to show people the book, because that's extremely relatable. It could have been a really interesting conflict if Rowley ran into an issue that had nothing to do with Greg trying to boss him around, but hey, at least he got to put Santa in the story in the end, right? Rowley's actual story was okay, but switchi I would have liked this a lot better if Greg weren't in it. He's awful, but Rowley just goes with everything he says, which is such a pain to read. I liked the scenes where Rowley's trying to show people the book, because that's extremely relatable. It could have been a really interesting conflict if Rowley ran into an issue that had nothing to do with Greg trying to boss him around, but hey, at least he got to put Santa in the story in the end, right? Rowley's actual story was okay, but switching back and forth between the story and reality didn't do it for me. I don't think Jeff Kinney should be writing these Rowley books if he has no intention of ever making Rowley figure out that Greg is terrible. That's just hard to read. I'd like to be able to laugh at Rowley a little bit, but I can't bring myself to do it because he's pretty much attached himself to the most toxic kid in the entire franchise, and it's obvious from how long this series has gone on that his primary conflict is never going to be resolved.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A Sandwich

    This book is... alright, probably not the best thing that I have read from Jeff Kinney but it includes nice touches like how it shows Greg, who is Rowley's best friend is only focused on the money and commercial aspect of Rowley's novel even though Rowley, the author of the story, states himself that he is only trying to write for fun. I like how it shows the general idea of what is going to happen next due to them meeting with up in real life after every chapter to say what they are going to pu This book is... alright, probably not the best thing that I have read from Jeff Kinney but it includes nice touches like how it shows Greg, who is Rowley's best friend is only focused on the money and commercial aspect of Rowley's novel even though Rowley, the author of the story, states himself that he is only trying to write for fun. I like how it shows the general idea of what is going to happen next due to them meeting with up in real life after every chapter to say what they are going to put in the following one, although some people might not like this aspect of the book because it makes the book a bit predictable. The story in the book shows a lot of character development and creative writing, but I think it is designed for younger people. Basically if you want to read a book slightly similar to the first book, "Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid", but with more fantasy then definitely try this one out. 3.5/5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shivani

    I didn’t like that this whole book was about a fantasy story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a really fun read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

    This is one seriously funny book. I read this aloud to my husband in the car and we truly laughed our way home! For teachers or parents, the book seems ridiculous when you read it to yourself, but it makes a great read aloud with such great humor! Jeff Kinney knows what kids love!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    2.5 I’m in the middle here. I do like that Mr. Kinney kinda changed up his format and let Rowley write a fantasy story. Part of me thinks an elementary student could’ve wrote this as fan fiction but still it was entertaining. My biggest beef is why can’t Rowley realize that Greg is a big dick head and kick him to the curb? Rowley and Mr. Kinney’s books would be better without him.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trinanjana

    When anxiety hits in, I grab books primarily written for kids to bring back the sheer good old pure happiness. Here in this book, Rowley Jefferson enters into the mind of a kid who starts writing fantasy mixed with an adventure story. Ronald's attempt to write a story is same as I used to write on the back of my school notebook with my bestie while constantly negotiating the plot. With many colorful characters from pixies and trolls to the one-eyed monster and Santa Claus and Dracula made it a b When anxiety hits in, I grab books primarily written for kids to bring back the sheer good old pure happiness. Here in this book, Rowley Jefferson enters into the mind of a kid who starts writing fantasy mixed with an adventure story. Ronald's attempt to write a story is same as I used to write on the back of my school notebook with my bestie while constantly negotiating the plot. With many colorful characters from pixies and trolls to the one-eyed monster and Santa Claus and Dracula made it a big hotchpotch, but that's how a kid's mind plays. Their imagination goes to the moon and stars. While the adult me finds it very silly but the kid inside me had a lot of fun reading it. The moral of the story is that my nephew is going to grab some good books to read the next time that he visits us.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julia Charles

    Awful book. This will be the first & last Jeff Kinney book I read to my son. It’s basically a book about a boy who lets his best friend Greg bully him while he tries to write a story & shoe horn in all Greg’s god awful ideas usually involving ripping off various characters from other books. Absolute utter crap Awful book. This will be the first & last Jeff Kinney book I read to my son. It’s basically a book about a boy who lets his best friend Greg bully him while he tries to write a story & shoe horn in all Greg’s god awful ideas usually involving ripping off various characters from other books. Absolute utter crap

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    The second book from Rowley's point of view is much more entertaining. Readers see him stepping out from Greg's shadow and creating his own story. Readers experience him writing his tale as they move through the book. He shares what he has written with Greg and evolves to ignoring how Greg tries to take over and writes what he chooses.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    This book is a little meta. With Greg constantly figuring out how to cash in on the story (why is Kinney exposing himself like that haha). I feel like that part is written more for adults than for kids. Greg is a jerk like always so I guess readers see kind of used to that. I think so kids might have trouble distinguishing between Rowley’s story and Greg and Rowley talking about the story. There were definitely some funny parts and references (like “nobody wants to read a story about a boy wizar This book is a little meta. With Greg constantly figuring out how to cash in on the story (why is Kinney exposing himself like that haha). I feel like that part is written more for adults than for kids. Greg is a jerk like always so I guess readers see kind of used to that. I think so kids might have trouble distinguishing between Rowley’s story and Greg and Rowley talking about the story. There were definitely some funny parts and references (like “nobody wants to read a story about a boy wizard”) but it reads like a story a kid wrote. I guess that’s the point but I find kids’ stories to get pretty bad. But Kinney will sell this book like crazy and that’s all that matters. Right?

  19. 4 out of 5

    NicoleLynn (PopCrunchBoom)

    Initial thoughts: (4.5 stars) this was super cute story & I read it super fast. Loved the different topics covered, especially the overall theme of kindness & being nice. Liked the humor in it. Not sure if all kids will get every “joke” but adults definitely will! This is only my second Kinney book and I definitely need to read the first one in this series. Overall, enjoyed this one & fans of Kinney should as well! Initial thoughts: (4.5 stars) this was super cute story & I read it super fast. Loved the different topics covered, especially the overall theme of kindness & being nice. Liked the humor in it. Not sure if all kids will get every “joke” but adults definitely will! This is only my second Kinney book and I definitely need to read the first one in this series. Overall, enjoyed this one & fans of Kinney should as well!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vanshika Dhyani

    Let me begin by saying that I've never given any of the Wimpy Kid book less than 4 stars. They are usually a guaranteed fun read. Earlier this year I read Rowley Jefferson (I) and quite enjoyed it but this book- Jeff decided to do a story inside a story for some reason and we barely read about Rowley and Greg, it is just pages after pages of some kinda bizarre fairy-tale with Centaur, Wizard, Santa, Sherlock Holmes, Medusa, the Little Mermaid and story versions of Rowley and Greg- Ronald and Garg Let me begin by saying that I've never given any of the Wimpy Kid book less than 4 stars. They are usually a guaranteed fun read. Earlier this year I read Rowley Jefferson (I) and quite enjoyed it but this book- Jeff decided to do a story inside a story for some reason and we barely read about Rowley and Greg, it is just pages after pages of some kinda bizarre fairy-tale with Centaur, Wizard, Santa, Sherlock Holmes, Medusa, the Little Mermaid and story versions of Rowley and Greg- Ronald and Garg, respectively. Nothing new or enjoyable, just the same old story you've heard a million times as a kid. I'm so disappointed I could cry a river.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elijah

    i like it and to try it

  22. 5 out of 5

    Golden Rain

    first of all this book isn't the same of the previous book on this series I don't like it because it's not funny and terrible copied characters other stories and movies and why it is very bad it's just a terrible story written by a 8 years old kid not Jeff kinney

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    i couldn’t finish this. i love diary of a wimpy kid. i loved the first rowley book. but, this..... i couldn’t force myself to trudge through it anymore. just reads differently compared to the rest of the series. i don’t like the back and forth between rowley’s story and his conversations with greg. the story is boring, maybe because it’s through rowley, but it seems to be for readers younger than the typical audience (perhaps i’m just used to greg’s voice). greg’s narcissistic tendencies made me i couldn’t finish this. i love diary of a wimpy kid. i loved the first rowley book. but, this..... i couldn’t force myself to trudge through it anymore. just reads differently compared to the rest of the series. i don’t like the back and forth between rowley’s story and his conversations with greg. the story is boring, maybe because it’s through rowley, but it seems to be for readers younger than the typical audience (perhaps i’m just used to greg’s voice). greg’s narcissistic tendencies made me laugh as usual and rowley is always so sweet. i applaud jeff kinney for writing in a style he normally doesn’t, but i just hated this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    H

    I find the Rowley books really disturbing. I feel like kids will like this and think it's funny, but I still think it is mean spirited, and not really meant for the 2-5th grade students who will read it. They just will absorb the meanness and normalize it. Ugh. Really didn't like this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Pidkuyko

    This trash! I though this was for free! This is my first time reading a book on this app and it sucks! I am going to Hoopla!😑☹️😡

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally Kruger

    Greg Heffley of Wimpy Kid fame has some competition. His friend Rowley is writing his own material, but never fear, Greg is on hand to help with advice whether Rowley wants it or not. Rowley is sitting down to write a book. His idea is filled with adventure and fantasy, and he's sure it will be a success. There's a one-eyed wizard, a pixie, a few monsters, a vampire, and even a werewolf for awhile. Rowley's hero is Roland. Roland is on a quest to rescue his mother who has been kidnapped by the Wh Greg Heffley of Wimpy Kid fame has some competition. His friend Rowley is writing his own material, but never fear, Greg is on hand to help with advice whether Rowley wants it or not. Rowley is sitting down to write a book. His idea is filled with adventure and fantasy, and he's sure it will be a success. There's a one-eyed wizard, a pixie, a few monsters, a vampire, and even a werewolf for awhile. Rowley's hero is Roland. Roland is on a quest to rescue his mother who has been kidnapped by the White Warlock. If Roland doesn't get there in time, his mother will be forced to wed the White Warlock and will never be able to return home. At the end of each chapter, Rowley receives writing advice from his friend Greg Heffley. Greg is convinced that only way to consider Rowley's book a success is if it gets made into a movie. Greg encourages Rowley to include plenty of adventure, maybe some romance, and for sure a couple of deaths. He thinks if Rowley does everything right, he will get a movie deal, action figure dolls of his characters, and even toys for kids in fast food meals across the country. Unfortunately, taking Greg's advice could mean compromising the story Rowley really wants to write. Author Jeff Kinney returns with his trademark humor and fun illustrations in ROWLEY JEFFERSON'S AWESOME FRIENDLY ADVENTURE. Wimpy Kid fans will love this new storyline and no doubt beg for more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Edric Ayers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I hate to be negative here, but this book was awful. I really didn’t enjoy it. It took me almost forever to read because I lacked any interest of continuing it until I forced myself to. My biggest issues lie with the story. I think the fantasy world and overall story is extremely dull and fails to be interesting. I don’t like how every chapter ends off with Rowley writing in what Greg thinks of the chapter and then thinking about how having merchandise and making movies based on the story could I hate to be negative here, but this book was awful. I really didn’t enjoy it. It took me almost forever to read because I lacked any interest of continuing it until I forced myself to. My biggest issues lie with the story. I think the fantasy world and overall story is extremely dull and fails to be interesting. I don’t like how every chapter ends off with Rowley writing in what Greg thinks of the chapter and then thinking about how having merchandise and making movies based on the story could make Greg (not Rowley) rich and famous. I’ve said once, and I’ll say it again, I don’t care about what Greg wants or what he thinks. This is Rowley’s book, I don’t want to hear from Greg because he’s already got 14 books to talk about whatever he wants. Like the first Rowley book, this book is flat-out unnecessary, but for some reason this series has to stagger on for however long Jeff Kinney wants it to. I’m guessing that there will be a third Rowley book, but don’t expect me to read that one too. I respect Jeff Kinney in many regards, however I’m disappointed to see him stick with Wimpy Kid for far too long. This entire series should’ve ended long ago, but here we are now, almost at 15 books in the main series. These are my honest thoughts, if you want to go ahead and read it, be my guest. I don’t recommend it because I think it’s a waste of time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    WhatBookNext .com

    Rowley is back, this time sharing a story he is writing. It is just for fun, to also share with his mum and dad, and maybe for his dad to read to him at bedtime. But Rowley’s friend Greg is soon involved, whether Rowley likes it or not. Rowley wants the story to be enjoyed by all, with pixies, fairies and good deeds in the mix, but Greg is shaking his head. There are opportunities here. Money to be made. Licencing toys, movies, food and more! There needs to be action, murder, toilet humour and in Rowley is back, this time sharing a story he is writing. It is just for fun, to also share with his mum and dad, and maybe for his dad to read to him at bedtime. But Rowley’s friend Greg is soon involved, whether Rowley likes it or not. Rowley wants the story to be enjoyed by all, with pixies, fairies and good deeds in the mix, but Greg is shaking his head. There are opportunities here. Money to be made. Licencing toys, movies, food and more! There needs to be action, murder, toilet humour and interesting characters. Together they write the story, swinging from wholesome to hairy, smiles to vomit, and everything and anything in between. No matter how gruesome Greg wants the story to go, Rowley wraps it up with a happy ending where everyone is home, safe, and of course, polite. I enjoyed Rowley’s 2nd foray into the book world so much more than the first. The swing between Rowley’s polite, gentle storytelling and Greg’s brash, entrepreneurial, money first-plot later thinking is funny. There are many references to past stories and movies in the story. See how many you can find.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    I read these books to my son, who is just starting to read on his own. We’ve gone through the entire Wimpy Kid series and we both agreed that Rowley is deserving of his own book! This being the second of the Rowley books, I’m disappointed that there was no Zoo Wee Mama! It’s part of what makes Rowley who he is to those of us who read through Wimpy Kid. Once again, we get to see how horrible of a friend Greg is and what a bully he can be - and how clueless Greg’s parents are. The focus kind of se I read these books to my son, who is just starting to read on his own. We’ve gone through the entire Wimpy Kid series and we both agreed that Rowley is deserving of his own book! This being the second of the Rowley books, I’m disappointed that there was no Zoo Wee Mama! It’s part of what makes Rowley who he is to those of us who read through Wimpy Kid. Once again, we get to see how horrible of a friend Greg is and what a bully he can be - and how clueless Greg’s parents are. The focus kind of seemed like it was on Greg, which defeats the purpose of this being Rowley’s Series. I hope that third book has less of him, much more Rowley and what happens in his daily life (aside from Greg). There were true laugh out loud moments, but I hoped for more of them. Kinney created a great character in Rowley that I know so many kids can relate to, especially in these times.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    Listen, I am a massive Greg Heffley fan. I understand that he is an absolute turd of a human being, but that is precisely what I love about him. Rowley is just kind of.... there. I hated the first book in this spin-off series because Greg seemed to be acting out of character (not because it was Rowley's perspective), but he is 100% back to normal in this one. I thought Rowley's fantasy story - which takes up a majority of the book - was slow and uninteresting, but the scenes where Greg tells him Listen, I am a massive Greg Heffley fan. I understand that he is an absolute turd of a human being, but that is precisely what I love about him. Rowley is just kind of.... there. I hated the first book in this spin-off series because Greg seemed to be acting out of character (not because it was Rowley's perspective), but he is 100% back to normal in this one. I thought Rowley's fantasy story - which takes up a majority of the book - was slow and uninteresting, but the scenes where Greg tells him all the changes he should make were hilarious and absolutely felt genuine to Greg's character. I love that Rowley was able to get in digs about being raised right. The few scenes we got with the two of them were exactly what I had been looking for in the first book and didn't see. I'm still not a big fan of this series, but I feel obligated to keep reading because Greg is them.

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