Jeff Kinney has 'Wimpy Kid' spinoff book out in April

Jeff Kinney’s latest novel, “Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure,” comes out April 7. (Abrams Children’s Books)

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Wimpy Kid” and author Jeff Kinney are both embarking on new paths.

Amulet Books announced Thursday that Kinney’s latest novel is called “Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure” and comes out April 7 with an announced first printing of 3 million copies, among the highest for any fiction writer. Rowley Jefferson, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley’s best friend, is the book’s narrator. He will tell the story of “Roland the Kind” and “Garg the Barbarian” and their quest to vanquish the evil White Warlock. The book is a follow-up to last year’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” spinoff “Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid.”

Kinney, who lives in Plainville, Mass., also plans an unusual promotional tour this spring. There is no advance itinerary, not even for Kinney. Every day a new destination, decided upon by his publisher and various booksellers, will be announced. Kinney will “surprise children at underserved schools and meet his fans at independent bookstores, all without knowing where he will be heading next.”

Kinney said in a statement that “after many years of being on the road, it seems like the perfect opportunity to do something daring and spontaneous. I’m thrilled for the adventure that awaits, and I’m looking forward to epic moments with my fans along the way.”

More predictably, Kinney will have his 15th “Wimpy Kid” book — currently untitled — out this fall, a tradition lasting more than a decade. According to Amulet, an imprint of Abrams Children’s Books, more than 200 million copies have sold worldwide.

————

Online:

https://wimpykid.com/awesomefriendlyadventuretour

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.