Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid is written from the point of view of Rowley Jefferson, the best friend in the Wimpy Kid books
Puffin has announced the forthcoming publication of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal, a new novel by Jeff Kinney. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid is written from the point of view of Rowley Jefferson, the best friend of Diary of a Wimpy Kid protagonist Greg Heffley. Puffin will publish on 9 April in hardback, ebook, and audio editions. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid is Kinney's first book outside of his Wimpy Kid series.
The deal was negotiated by Amanda Punter, publishing director at Penguin Random House, with Yulia Borodyanskaya, Abrams' Rights Director. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid will be followed by the publication of the fourteenth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series this autumn.
In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Greg Heffley's best friend, Rowley Jefferson, agrees to take on the role of biographer, recording his pal's life story. But it turns out Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his 'biography' of Greg ends up saying more about himself than it does about his best friend. With over 350 black-and-white illustrations, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid 'offers readers a chance to see the Diary of a Wimpy Kid world in a whole new way.' The book will be supported by an extensive global multifaceted publicity and marketing campaign.
The story will begin in Diary of Greg Heffley's Best Friend, one of 13 specially commissioned £1 books for World Book Day 2019, taking place this year on Thursday 7 March. Kinney was 'so inspired by sharing Rowley's story' in the World Book Day title, he decided to turn it into a full-length novel.
Francesca Dow, managing director of Penguin Random House Children's, said: "We couldn't be more excited to start 2019 with one of the biggest announcements in children's publishing. Very few series have had the phenomenal global success of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and we are thrilled to continue the journey by bringing a sensational new book from bestselling author Jeff Kinney to millions of UK fans. This is the first time readers will discover the Wimpy Kid world from best friend Rowley Jefferson's point of view, and with Jeff's trademark humour and hilarious illustrations we know this will captivate fans and new readers alike."