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Jeff Kinney

"I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." - Greg Heffley, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Jeff Kinney is the bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has been a fixture on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. The series has remained on the New York Times bestseller lists since the publication of the first book, for more than 500 weeks total, and more than 350 on the series list. The books are currently available in 76 editions in 64 languages.

Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts.

Fun Facts about Jeff

  • Jeff didn’t grow up wanting to be a children’s author, his dream was to become a newspaper cartoonist.
  • Jeff started at University majoring in computer science but later switched to criminal justice.
  • He ran a comic strip called “Igdoof” in his university campus newspaper.
  • Jeff came up with the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 1998.
  • The books were adapted into a film series in 2010.
  • The online version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has more than 80 million visits.
  • There are now more than 200 million copies of the series in print worldwide.
  • Jeff has met three US presidents.
  • He is also the creator of Poptropica, an online games portal which was named one of Time’s 50 Best Websites.
  • Jeff also recently launched Wimpy Kid emojis.

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