The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

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Overview

Now you can write your own bestseller!

With The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, you're the author, illustrator, and main character. Filled with loads of interactive pages and plenty of space to write your own life's story, this book is all you need to create your masterpiece. Whatever you do, make sure you put it someplace safe after you finish. Because when you're rich and famous, this thing is going to be ...

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Overview

Now you can write your own bestseller!

With The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, you're the author, illustrator, and main character. Filled with loads of interactive pages and plenty of space to write your own life's story, this book is all you need to create your masterpiece. Whatever you do, make sure you put it someplace safe after you finish. Because when you're rich and famous, this thing is going to be worth a fortune.

Includes more than 60 new pages! 32 pages of full-color comics (16 brand-new)!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810989955
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 20,985
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and four-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Biography

All his life, Jeff Kinney wanted to be a cartoonist. As a student at the University of Maryland in the 1990s, he published his comic strip "Igdoof" in the college newspaper, but he soon discovered that succeeding in the real world as a syndicated cartoonist is no easy task. So, after school, he supported himself as a newspaper designer and computer programmer, while working out ideas for a children's book that combined cartoons with conventional storytelling.

Once he conceived the concept for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kinney devoted nearly six years to developing the storyline and artwork. Fashioned as a journal with appealing, expressive stick figure drawings on every page, Diary is narrated in the pitch-perfect (and hilariously deadpan) voice of a not-always-likeable but totally believable tweener named Greg Heffley. Poised to make the painful transition from elementary to middle school, Greg struggles with the usual preteen angst: bullies and cliques, annoying siblings and clueless parents, faithful friends and cute, unattainable girls.

Although Kinney never intended to publish his book online, when the opportunity arose to serialize Greg's adventures on Funbrain.com, he knew he'd found the perfect way to reach his target audience. In 2004, the comic strip began appearing in daily installments on the website. The feature was a huge hit, attracting thousands of hits a day. Moreover, the online version paved the way to Kinney's five-book deal with the publisher Harry N. Abrams.

Armed with fresh, new story lines, Kinney launched the print sequence in 2007. From the very first installment, entitled simply Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the series was a success -- especially with reluctant readers who found the diary-with-doodles format far more accessible than conventional books. Greg, with his hilarious antics, backfiring schemes, and totally unfiltered thoughts (his mom has agreed not to read what he writes!), has struck a responsive chord -- both with kids who identify with his growing pains and with grownups who vividly recall their own.

Good To Know

  • Jeff Kinney claims that he writes for kids because he believes the most interesting and funniest stories come from people's childhoods.

  • In an interview with familyeducation.com, Kinney was asked which he liked more: writing or drawing cartoons. He answered this way: " Both writing and drawing are a struggle for me. I am cursed with being a very slow illustrator, and this book requires at least 1,000 illustrations. So sometimes, the joy of illustrating is a bit diminished by the amount of time that illustrating takes. What I enjoy is seeing the words and illustrations come together on the page."

  • Kinney knew he'd made the grade when Diary of a Wimpy Kid was chosen to appear as a plot point on the popular Disney-produced preteen series Wizards of Waverly Place.

  • Kinney deliberately avoids putting pop culture references into his stories because he wants them to have a timeless feel. He hopes readers will be able to pick his books up 20 years from now and still be able to relate to themes.
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      1. Hometown:
        Southern Massachusetts
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 19, 1971
      2. Place of Birth:
        Maryland
      1. Education:
        University of Maryland
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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 9, 2010

      Awesome book

      This is an awesome book! i love it and so does alot of other people i know~Highly recommended if u like diary of a wimpy kid

      4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 2, 2011

      I Also Recommend:

      great

      Bought a couple of books for my kids this past week for weekend reads, and this book was one of them. would recommend it.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 15, 2011

      activity book for kids who like the Wimpy Kid books

      This is not a book just to sit down and read through but an activity book or a journal. However, the very first page says, "Whatever you do, just make sure you don't write down your 'feelings' in here. Because one thing's for sure: This is NOT a diary." There are all kinds of activities in which the readers can make lists, answer questions about various topics, make their own comics, draw pictures, and such like. Plus, the end contains 46 blank, lined pages with the instructions, "Use the rest of this book to keep a daily journal, write a novel, draw comic strips, or tell your life story."

      When The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which tells the story of Greg Heffley, his family, and his friends, first came out, I heard about it but did not read it because it didn't sound as if it would appeal to me. Later, I was sent a copy of one of the sequels (#5, The Ugly Truth) to review, and my reading of it confirmed my earlier opinion that this kind of book is just not my cup of tea. However, the books are immensely popular with many children, so youngsters who do like "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series might well enjoy the activities in this book. The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book was first published in 2008, but the updated edition is expanded with more than sixty new pages, and has 32 pages of full-color comics, including sixteen brand-new. It is designed to inspire creative expression and encourage reluctant readers.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 22, 2011

      This book is awesome

      very cool with comics in the back

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 21, 2011

      looks cool

      looks awesomer than a pickle.

      2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 10, 2012

      Highly Recommended!

      My eight year old Daryn Wolcott, dreaded to read every night for 30 minutes. I bought him the series Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, and he read two books in one week. Now He asks if he can read all day long. He reads out loud and is proud of it. When Daryn reads now he will read for hours, and its wonderful as a parent to see him enjoy himself doing it. Jeff Kinney helped my son get through the tough dreaded times of nightly reading, (mind you, Daryn already had a library in his room) The Do- It-Yourself Book, Is funny and lets him interact by writting in it, and amazingly when I looked inside of it, Daryn had his best hand writing! I am so proud of Daryn, And Thank you Jeff Kenney for helpping my son Daryn love to read!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 15, 2014

      Excellent book for reading/mentoring students

      Working with 16 boys a week, 7-11, grades 2-5, requires a constant search for suitable reading/writing materials that challenge them and provide them a safe way to express themselves. This book has been a gold mind for me to use with some of my most reluctant readers and writers. They tend to be a challenge to their teachers, too! This book allows them to share themselves in writing and with imagination. All of them seem to enjoy it and give them an opportunity to expand themselves. I highly recommend it.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 11, 2014

      I thought this was VERY, VERY, VERY nice. the "Design-Your

      I thought this was VERY, VERY, VERY nice. the "Design-Your-Own-Tour-Bus" part I thought was RRRRRRRREEEEEEAAAAALLLLLLLLYYYYY cool:)

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    • Posted January 10, 2014

      Great Value for well made book!!!

      Bought this for a Christmas gift and was really shocked with durability of book! Kid I gave this to is in elementary of course and has a bad habit as must boys to just throw stuff in his backpack and go. So far after pulling it out pages are thick and not to easy to rip out. Hardcover front has some scratches however the binding is great and did not break in front or back if that makes any sense.

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    • Posted November 22, 2013

      Highly recommended by one ll year old; eagerly requested by another 11 year old. Wish I could have read it before sending it to my friend.

      Did not have time to read before sending it to my friend. Rating is based on their assessment.

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    • Posted April 7, 2013

      grandson is so happy...

      He loves the "Wimpy Kid" books and his been wanting this "do-it-yourself" one. He was beyond thrilled when we gave it to him

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 31, 2012

      Highly recommended

      Bought this book for my 9 year old grandson "it was actually pretty funny" in his own words

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    • Posted December 27, 2011

      my son loves this book

      Highly recommend this book, it is a workbook type journal that your child will need to write in. My nine year old son loves it and it allows him to be an author and also write all about him. It was interesting as a parent to see what he wrote in it as well, one part has a brain and you draw "what is in your brain" what your thoughts are or your interests. very nicely done.

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    • Posted September 29, 2011

      great kid's book

      My granddaughter is 9 and loves this series of books. I continue to buy them and she continues to read them and look forward to the next one. This is a good way to incourage reading for the kids. I reccommend this series highly.

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    • Posted April 29, 2011

      I want it so bad

      cool book

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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