- Wimpy Is Hefty: The New York Times takes another gander at the Wimpy Kid phenomenon.
The fourth book in the series, Dog Days, just came out yesterday and
is already the best-selling book on Amazon.com, ahead of the likes of Dan Brown and Glenn Beck. Early interest has been so strong that the publisher, Abrams, increased its initial print run to four million copies, from three million.
The Internet is filled with testimonials about children who were frustrated readers until they got their hands on a Wimpy Kid book. But some parents have been less enthusiastic.
"The words 'moron,' 'jerk,' 'dork' and 'hot girls' are used in the first five pages," complains a reviewer on Amazon of the first book. "This is a poor choice for good character building in your children."
I dunno — anything that outsells Glenn Beck is helping to build character in my book. Also, I've noticed that kids tend to feel about "character-building" fiction the way they do about getting shots at the doctor's office. (I kind of feel the same way.)
Click here to read our Kids' Q&A with Jeff Kinney.
- Tweeting on Audio: More on the Neil Gaiman Twitter story mentioned in yesterday's Book News. Gaiman has tweeted the first line:
Sam was brushing her hair when the girl in the mirror put down the hairbrush, smiled & said, "We don't love you anymore."
Now comes the fun part:
"When roughly 1,000 tweets are logged, we'll edit the contributions and compile a script, then head into the studio to record and produce the audiobook. The final audiobook will be downloadable free on our Web site and also available as a digital download at iTunes and other audiobook retailers," the BBC Audiobooks America Blog says.
Those who want to contribute to the group story should visit BBCAA's Twitter feed and submit their entry to #bbcawdio. You will, of course, need a Twitter account to do this. And you may want to hurry, as they probably aren't far from 1,000 tweets now.
Book News Round-up:
- Time Magazine discovers this mysterious thing called "eBook readers." The word is out — watch 'em start flying off the (virtual) shelves.
- Books about last year's Hudson River water landing of Flight 1549 are trickling out now. USA Today looks at a couple of them.
- "This Halloween, I'm Going As a Book Publisher."
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