The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter

A movie-making journey of epic proportions:
The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter

Written and illustrated with original cartoons by Jeff Kinney
With exclusive set photos from the upcoming 20th Century Fox film

NEW YORK, NY, March 15th — Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, announced the publication of The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, an original, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. The story, featuring exclusive set photos, storyboards, and original cartoons by Jeff Kinney, will be published on May 9th just in time for the release of the 20th Century Fox movie.

Fans of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will hit the road with author and illustrator Jeff Kinney and get an exclusive look at the making of the film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Readers of The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter will find out what it takes to film a flock of seagulls invading a minivan, a robo pig, and an animatronic three-year-old, and discover everything that goes into making a feature film.

The movie is based on the blockbuster ninth book in Jeff Kinney’s record-breaking Wimpy Kid series, which had the biggest U.S. first printing of any book in 2014 and was an immediate #1 bestseller in all English-language territories around the world. The first three Wimpy Kid films have grossed $225 million worldwide.

Throughout The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter, Kinney offers his hallmark, sidesplitting, and insightful take on the movie-making process and demystifies it for young readers. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter is the perfect gift for fans of the series and the films!

“ABRAMS, along with our publishing partners around the world, are thrilled that Jeff has written a new movie diary. This first-hand account of the movie-making process through Jeff Kinney’s eyes will delight moviegoers of all ages along with the millions of readers and fans of the worldwide bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series,” says Michael Jacobs, president and CEO of ABRAMS.

Amulet also announced that on March 15th, for a limited time only, as a special bonus for fans and collectors, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Hall will come with a free half-jacket that unfolds into an official movie poster.

Jeff Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Published in 2007, the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was an instant bestseller, and just a year later, more than 100,000 copies were in print in the United States alone. The Wimpy Kid series is a fixture on the USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and IndieBound bestseller lists. The books have remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 500 weeks total and for more than 414 weeks on the series list. The series has won 6 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and Jeff Kinney won a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2012 and 2013. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers around the globe. Wimpy Kid books have been sold in more than 62 editions in 53 languages and appear on bestseller lists around the world. There are now more than 180 million books in the series in print.


Founded in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company continues to publish critically acclaimed and bestselling works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture; children’s books ranging from young adult fiction to picture books to board books. ABRAMS creates and distributes brilliantly designed visual books with the highest production values under the following imprints: Abrams; Abrams ComicArts; Abrams Image; Abrams Press; Abrams Books for Young Readers; Amulet Books; Abrams Appleseed; and a gift and stationery line, Abrams Noterie. ABRAMS also distributes books for The Vendome Press, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Booth-Clibborn Editions, Five Continents, SelfMadeHero, MoMA Children’s Books, and others.