The 2015 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School Read-a-thon Challenge kicked off on 1st September. It’s open to everyone in Australia and New Zealand. Here is how you can get involved and have the chance to win an AMAZING prize:
Here’s how the challenge works: You need to read all nine Diary of a Wimpy Kid books between now and October 16th. After you finish reading each one, go back to the Read-a-thon Challenge site and take a quiz about that book. Complete all nine quizzes before October 16th, and you’ve beaten the challenge!
You’ll get a special congratulations video message from Jeff Kinney, and unlock the entry form for the grand prize… A trip for 2 people to Sydney, where you’ll meet Jeff Kinney on his Old School World Tour! To win, you’ll have to answer this question: Who is your favourite Diary of a Wimpy Kid character, and why?
Best answer wins! You can sign up and play by yourself, or challenge some friends and race to the finish! You could even ask your teacher if the whole class at school can try the Read-a-thon Challenge together.
On November 3rd, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School will be released around the world. Finally! To celebrate, there will be a special Read-a-thon bonus round, with even more cool prizes to win. Stay tuned! More information on this website during the Read-a-thon Challenge.
I have a special 2015 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-a-thon Challenge Pack with posters and a couple of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books to give away, thanks to Penguin Random House NZ. To get in the draw for this special prize pack just leave a comment on this post (along with your name and email address) telling me why you are the biggest Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan. Competition closes Friday 18 September (NZ only).
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid website is awesome! There is heaps of info about the books, characters and Jeff Kinney himself. Plus there are some really cool downloads, including activity sheets and masks of your favourite characters. Check it out now!
Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 8: Hard Luck, is due out in November from Puffin Books.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis is the funniest book you’ll read this year. With its mix of text and hilarious cartoons it’s sure to be a hit with Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans. This book should come with a guarantee – “If you don’t laugh out loud at least once we’ll give you your money back!” It’s due out in March and you can watch these very funny videos below to meet Timmy Failure, his friends and his enemies. There is also a really cool Timmy Failure website you can visit to find out more about the book and the author – www.timmyfailure.com
I’m sure you will know children who are crazy about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney. Boys in particular love the funny adventures of Greg Heffley, which are a mix of text and comic-style illustrations. There are quite a few series now that are similar in style to these books, including the very popular Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce. So far there are 8 books featuring Big Nate, including two activity books and two books of original Big Nate comic strips. The latest Big Nate book is Here Goes Nothing, and it’s chock-full of Big Nate comic strips.
In Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing, Nate and his friends get up to all sorts of mischief as usual, like pulling pranks at school, trying to make money by selling photocopies of his artwork, trying to convince his dad to get a dog, blogging about his teacher, and painting his grandparent’s house. Lincoln Peirce read a lot of Peanuts and Dennis the Menace comic strips growing up and you can see these influences in Big Nate. My favourite comic strip in the book is the one where Nate and Teddy hear the ice cream truck music, only to run outside and find out it’s the mobile library. I don’t know why no one has thought of trying that before!
If you know a kid that’s wants to read a book like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or they just like comics, the Big Nate series is perfect. Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing is available in libraries and book shops in New Zealand now.
Check out this video of Lincoln Peirce talking about Big Nate and drawing his character.