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I'm excited about book 4: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. It comes out on October 12th!
It was a lot of fun to write this book, because for the first time, I took Greg out of the school setting and put him smack in the middle of summer vacation.
I'm going to announce my summer tour schedule soon. Check WimpyKid.com to see if I'm coming to your town!
Finally, Book 3 is almost here! I'm very excited that the "green book" is almost in bookstores.
Some stores are having "launch parties" to celebrate the release of the new book. I hope that there's a launch party near you! I made up a bunch of games and activities, and I hope people have fun at these events.
I'll be heading off on a nationwide tour starting February 7th. Hope I'm coming to a city near you!
In October, I've got a brand-new book coming out called the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book.
This one is really hard to describe. It's kind of a part comic book, part activity book, part blank journal. The hardcover book has 16 pages of full-color comics in the middle.
Hope you'll check it out, and hope you like it!
Also - we're running a Do-It-Yourself contest, where you're invited to create your own comic. If you write the winning comic, you could win a visit from me to your school! Or, you could win the chance to have me "wimpify" your family... I'll draw your family in the Wimpy Kid style.
Check out the contest rules here!
Book 3 has a cover... hope you like it!
In book 3, Greg's dad decides that the only way to shape up his son is to send him off to military school. So Greg has to use his wits to get out of a very sticky situation.
Book 3 comes out on January 13th of 2009 ... a long way from now, I know!
Thanks to everyone who came out to see me at the Borders in Newark, Delaware, this weekend. It was a lot of fun and it was a great way to get Rodrick Rules rolling!
On January 31st, I'll be having a Book 2 launch party at the Wellesley Booksmith in Wellesley, MA. It's from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. If you live in the area, I hope to see you there!
For more Wimpy Kid tour dates, be sure to check my website!
I've heard from a few people who have found the books in bookstores. If you can't find it in your local bookstore, yoiu can buy it online here and here!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules has started shipping from my publisher's warehouse. That means it could start showing up on bookshelves soon!
If you see it in a store, let me know!
If you'd like to pre-order the book online, you can do that by clicking here.
Just wanted to let you know that I'll be in various cities around this country this fall. If I'm going to be in your area, I hope you'll stop by and say hello!
Here are some dates and times:
Saturday, September 29th, 5:30 p.m.
I'll be taking place in a discussion on comics at the Baltimore Book Festival.
Saturday, October 6th, 11:00 a.m.:
I'll be singing books at the Dedham Sidewalk Fair for the Blue Bunny bookstore in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Saturday-Sunday, October 12th (12:30 p.m.) and 13th (3:30 p.m.):
I'll be doing book signings at the Southern Book Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. On Saturday, I'll be speaking on a panel with the great Jack Gantos, author of the Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza series.
Friday-Sunday, November 2nd-4th (I'll post times soon):
I'll be signing books at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas.
Saturday-Sunday, November 10th-11th (I'll post times soon):
I'll be speaking and signing books at the Connecticut Children's Book Fair in Storrs, Connecticut.
Just found out that my publisher, Abrams, is planning on releasing Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules on January 15, 2008!
I'm excited, because that's four months earlier than I thought it would be released.
I'm hard at work on the second book. The cover art could change, but I'm pretty sure this is what we're going with. Let me know what you think!
I've been busily working on book two, and I'm happy to say that it has a title....
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
The cover will be dark blue, and will feature a picture of Rodrick pushing Greg.
Let me know what you think!
The book will either be out at the end of this year (2007) or in January of 2008.
Nothing, really. But Diary of a Wimpy Kid is in this week's edition of People magazine (it's got Lindsay Lohan on the cover).
If you see a copy in the grocery store, flip to page 57. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed in the "Best Summer Reads" section!
Barnes and Noble has decided to put Diary of a Wimpy Kid in its "Noteworthy Children's Books" section. That means it's on a special shelf at the front of the store, so it's very easy to find.
Thank you, Barnes and Noble!
I've noticed that a lot of libraries in Massachusetts have bought copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I think that's so cool! I never considered that this book might end up in a town's library.
If you'd like to get a copy for your school, just ask your librarian, and he or she will probably order it for you!
If you're in the New York area this weekend, I'll be signing books at Books of Wonder on Sunday, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Books of Wonder is at 18 West 18th Street in Manhattan. It's a very cool store with its very own cupcake shop inside.
There will be five other authors there ... Siena Cherson Siegel, Mark Siegel, George O'Connor, Aaron Renier, Christine Norrie, and Dave Roman. So if you like graphic novels, Books of Wonder is the place to be this weekend! Hope to see you there!
I've been to a few Borders in Massachusetts, and I've seen the books with my own eyes!
Also, my brother said he's spotted it in Tampa, Florida.
Here's a crummy cell-phone picture of a bookshelf in Boston:
In Borders, it's on Shelf F in the kids' section, "Friendship and Humor."
If you can't find the book in your local bookstore, please ask at the front desk, and they'll order it for you!
P.S. For a lot of schools, next week is Spring Break. What better way to pass the time than with a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid? :)
I'm hearing from a lot of people who say that they've been able to find the book in stores.
But some stores haven't quite gotten it yet. At the Borders near me, the book is still "in transit," which means it might be another few days.
Some people have mentioned that the book is different from what's on the web. That's true! The book on the web was 1,300 pages long. My publisher decided to split it up into three books of 224 pages each. The next two books come out in 2008 and 2009. I'm hoping there will be more books after that!
Also, the writing and pictures are a little different. And I think they're both much better. Creating a print version gave me the opportunity to improve the storytelling and drawings. I think you'll like the results!
If you're looking for the book this weekend, good luck! But if you can't find it, it should be available in a few days!
And you can always get the book here.
This is no April Fool's joke ... the book will be in stores on Sunday, April 1st.
You can find it in the kids' book section at Borders, Shelf F ("Friendship and Humor").
I can't wait to see it in bookstores ... it will be a dream come true!
I can't believe it... just seven more days until the book hits stores! It's taken many years for Diary of a Wimpy Kid to come to print, and I just wanted to thank each and every person who has encouraged me along the way.
The hardcover is very cool ... my publisher, Abrams, did a very nice job of putting together the best book possible. When you hold it in your hands, you'll see what I mean!
Some online booksellers have the book in stock now. So you might be able to get a copy before it reaches stores!
Book One should be showing up in stores right around April 1st. If your bookstore doesn't carry it, please ask for it!
Borders will stock the book in its kids section, "Friendship and Humor," Row F.
Thanks to everyone who has written me. I'm very excited that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is finally in print!
If you'd like to get the book but don't live near a bookstore, you can always order it here.
I spoke with Westwood One radio host Dirk Van this week. It was a lot of fun!
You can hear part of the interview by clicking here.
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