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February 2016 Book of the Month The best-selling Wimpy Kid is off on a family holiday. Mum is full of good ideas about the trip. Especially about how it can be a useful time for learning! From the start everything that can possibly go wrong does and, as ever, the Wimpy Kid records it all with his unerringly frank gaze. The result is a hilarious story which will hit a nerve with all families everywhere. And especially with parents who will love the accounts of the disasters that happen to other families! ~ Julia Eccleshare
A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun...unless, of course, you're the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig - not exactly Greg Heffley's idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure - and this is one the Heffleys won't soon forget.
Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney's ninth instalment of the phenomenal bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
For the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, I’m taking the Heffleys out of their home environment and sending them out on the road,” says Jeff Kinney. “Writing about an epic family road trip has really got my creative juices flowing, and I think this could be the funniest book yet."
Francesca Dow, m.d. of Penguin Children’s, said: “Millions of kids in the UK are readers because of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And Jeff’s new book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, is the funniest yet. Alongside Jeff’s funniest tour ever, this is set to be another great milestone for this incredibly popular and original superbrand.”
Jeff Kinney is the second biggest selling writer of children’s fiction in the UK this year (behind David Walliams), and sales of his books totalled £2.9m from the beginning of the year until the end of August, according to Nielsen BookScan.
The eighth book in the series, Hard Luck, had a UK first printing of 800,000 copies, making it Penguin's biggest-ever first printing of a children's book.
Dates of the tour in December 2014 are yet to be confirmed but details will be forthcoming on this site as soon as we're advised by the publisher.
You can also discover Greg on the big screen in any one of the three Wimpy Kid Movie box office smashes. His original Diary of a Wimpy Kid was voted 'Best Children's Book of the Last 10 Years' by UK readers.
It's not essential to read the books in order but in case you want to here's the order...
Kids love to read and one of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review panel members - William Sheehan, age 8 - couldn't wait to tell us about the latest in the Wimpy Kid series, The Long Haul. You can read his review below.
'This is the best Wimpy Kid book so far. The family go on a road trip. Everything starts to go wrong when they get lost and come across seagulls, pigs, motels and other people. It was a laugh out loud book and of course I couldn't put it down.
Hurry up Jeff and write some more and please make all of the Wimpy Kid books into films. If you enjoy the Wimpy Kid books you will love this one. If you have never read Wimpy kid start reading them now you will not be disappointed!'
Praise for Jeff Kinney:
The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid Sun
Kinney is right up there with J K Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet Independent
The most hotly anticipated children's book of the year is here - Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Issue
|Publication date:||28th January 2016|
|Publisher:||Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
|Other Categories:||Audio Books, Books for Boys|
A World Book Day Author 2019. Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book for his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. In 2018 Jeff Kinney was found to be the most popular author in schools in the UK in the annual What Kids are Reading Awards. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of poptropica.com, which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, ...More About Jeff Kinney