The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter — Jeff Kinney’s Wild Trip Through Making the Film
“Written and illustrated with original cartoons by Jeff Kinney with exclusive set photos from the upcoming 20th Century Fox film.”
I’ve always been a sucker for How-They-Were-Made books. Books about the making of some of my fave TV shows and movies.
From Stephen E Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry’s THE MAKING OF STAR TREK, first published in 1968 (and still treasured), through Sherwood Schwartz’s INSIDE GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, to Irving Brecher’s recent THE WICKED WIT OF THE WEST , the creators of some of our most popular Hollywood productions have taken us into their creative souls.
And now bestselling author Jeff Kinney has written The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter. Even if you’ve never read any of his Wimpy Kid books, here’s a fascinating look behind — not only the making of the movie — but a look at Kinney’s own creative process. And with lots of his original drawings and cartoons.
This is good news…
NEW YORK, March 15, 2017 — Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, announced the publication of The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, an original, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
The story, featuring exclusive set photos, storyboards, and original cartoons by Jeff Kinney, will be published on May 9th just in time for the release of the 20th Century Fox movie.
Fans of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will hit the road with author and illustrator Jeff Kinney and get an exclusive look at the making of the film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
Readers of The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter will find out what it takes to film a flock of seagulls invading a minivan, a robo pig, and an animatronic three-year-old, and discover everything that goes into making a feature film.
The movie is based on the blockbuster ninth book in Jeff Kinney’s record-breaking Wimpy Kid series, which had the biggest U.S. first printing of any book in 2014 and was an immediate #1 bestseller in all English-language territories around the world. The first three Wimpy Kid films have grossed $225 million worldwide.
Throughout The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, Kinney offers his hallmark, sidesplitting, and insightful take on the movie-making process and demystifies it for young readers. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter is the perfect gift for fans of the series and the films!
“ABRAMS, along with our publishing partners around the world, are thrilled that Jeff has written a new movie diary. This first-hand account of the movie-making process through Jeff Kinney’s eyes will delight moviegoers of all ages along with the millions of readers and fans of the worldwide bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS.
Amulet also announced that on March 15th, for a limited time only, as a special bonus for fans and collectors, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will come with a free half-jacket that unfolds into an official movie poster.
Jeff Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Published in 2007, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was an instant bestseller, and just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone.
“When Charlie Kochman [Jeff’s editor at ABRAMS] brought the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid manuscript to our publications board more than ten years ago, we knew that it was special, that it could grow into a series and that it would resonate with kids, with reluctant readers and with parents, teachers, and librarians,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS. “What we couldn’t imagine was the impact the books would make on kids and reading around the world, or that the series would spend more consecutive weeks on the New York Times—and other bestseller lists everywhere—than any other kids’ book series . . . ever. Ten years of LOL, indeed—and counting!”
The 10th anniversary celebration will continue in force throughout the year with author appearances, another major motion film release, exciting new publications, and a global tour still in store. This spring brings the anticipated May 19 release of the fourth Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, The Long Haul, from 20th Century Fox, as well as the publication of The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, on sale May 9. As the only official tie-in publication to the film, this exclusive edition features a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie and original essays and illustrations by Jeff Kinney.
“Ten years in, I’m having a blast. I’m as excited and energized about these books as I’ve ever been, and I think The Getaway is going to be one of the best Wimpy Kid books,” says Kinney. “I’m very grateful to all of the readers who have stuck with me over the years, and to the ones who are just starting the series.”
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Audra Boltion, The Boltion Group Public Relations
Conclusion: this book may be written for “kids” but I’m planning on getting a copy. Can’t help myself.
UPDATE: April 27, 2017:
Author and creator Jeff Kinney today revealed the cover of the eagerly anticipated 12th book in the internationally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The unveiling of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway took place at New York City’s famous Carnegie Hall in front of schoolchildren from throughout the city, broadcast live for fans around the world watching the livestream on the Wimpy Kid YouTube channel.
The cover’s bold blue background features a humorous illustration of the Heffley family in flight, and promises another hilarious adventure for Kinney’s millions of fans when the book releases simultaneously in the United States and worldwide in 21 countries on November 7, 2017.
– Brian Alan Burhoe
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