Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a series of fiction books written by the American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. All the main books are the journals of the main character, Greg Heffley. Befitting a teen's diary, the books are filled with hand-written notes and simple drawings of Greg's daily adventures.Since the release of the online version in May 2004, most of the books have garnered positive reviews and commercial success. as of January 2019, more than 200 million copies have been sold globally.The first, second, fourth and ninth installments have been adapted into films by 20th Century Fox.The game Poptropica has released two islands themed after Diary of a Wimpy Kid, called Wimpy Wonderland and Wimpy Boardwalk. Diary of a Wimpy Kid officially began when Kinney brought up an idea about a middle-school weakling named Greg Heffley, who wrote about his personal life. In May 2004, FunBrain and Kinney released an online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The website made daily entries until June 2005. He worked on his book for almost eight years, before showing it to a publisher in New York. In February 2006, during the New York Comic Con, Jeff signed a multi-book deal with publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc., to turn Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a print series.The book became an instant hit, and the online version received about 20 million views as of 2009. Nonetheless, many online readers requested a printed version; Kinney agreed, and in April 2007, Diary of a Wimpy Kid was published. To date, fourteen Wimpy Kid books have been released, plus one do-it-yourself book, two movie diaries, and a spin-off. In April 2009, TIME named Kinney one of The World's Most Influential People.
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language: English
date of publication: 2007
genre: fiction, comedy, comic novel
characters: Greg Heffley, Manny Heffley

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