Jeff Kinney talks ‘Wimpy Kid!’

Are you ready to read the seventh installment in the ‘Wimpy Kid’ series? The wait is over, as “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel” is in stores now. Here’s the scoop:

Greg Heffley’s world is turned upside down when his middle school announces a Valentine’s Day dance. As Greg and Rowley scramble for dates, time starts to run out and one of the boys will end up being the odd man out. “The Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel,” in stores now. It’s also available as an e-book.

We spoke with ‘Wimpy Kid’ author Jeff Kinney about the new book, and what’s next for Greg Heffley.


What’s in store for Greg in The Third Wheel?
In The Third Wheel, Greg is looking for a date to a school dance. Greg isn’t having any luck, however, and he has to resort to going to the dance with his friend Rowley and a girl as a group of friends. One of the boys is the odd man out and becomes the third wheel.

Is Greg, in some ways, growing up or maturing in this book?
Greg will always stay the same age, but in the new book, his circumstances are a little more grown up.

What’s Rowley up to in the book?
Rowley runs for student council at Greg’s urging. He also serves as Greg’s wing man to help him get a date to the dance.

You’ve announced that all Wimpy Kid books are coming to e-readers, will there be any differences in the e-versions of the books?
The eBooks are very similar to the physical books. I really wanted the reading experience to be the same.

Are there plans for book 8?
Yes! I’m working on new ideas now. I’d like to write at least ten books.

How about the next film?
I’m really excited to be working on an animated holiday special for television. I think that’s the next phase for Greg Heffley! More news to come.


Jeff was nice enough to offer up a cool prize for one lucky reader! He wants to ‘wimpify’ you, drawing you as he would a character in his books. Like the sound of that?

All you need to do to win is be creative. 

What do you wish the next “Wimpy Kid” book would be about?

Answer in the form below by Nov. 30, for your chance to win. Be as thorough and creative as you want. Use a cool story as inspiration, or just totally make something up. The best idea will win a ‘wimpified’ portrait by author Jeff Kinney. Good luck!



  1. winter break goes upside down when greg’s dad decides to treat the family to a europe vacation

    just reply if this wins

  2. I put pain where I should have put “painfully decide between” so can you overlook that, Boys Life. (autocorrect is killing me!!!!!!!!!!)

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