Title: The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood
Author: Jeff Kinney
ISBN: 9780810996168
Pages: 199 pages
Publisher/Date: Amulet Books, c2010.

“This book is the story of how a little idea got turned into a major motion picture, and how a fictional cartoon character became a real boy.” (1)

I don’t think you could describe this book any better than how Jeff Kinney did. This book is a handy introduction to the movie business for anyone, with the draw and appeal that Wimpy Kid fans will love. It’s filled with stills from the movies, original drawings by the actors and the author, and behind the scenes information. Highly accessible information, like how the stunts are done to what the special affects and blue screen are, will enlighten anyone interested in the film industry. From writing the script to casting the actors, designing the sets and props to the editing process, from working with child actors to what life is like on the set, this book has snippets of it all.

Although it’s more of a supplemental book and doesn’t fall in line with the rest of the novels, it’s a must have for any true Wimpy Kid fan. I encourage every library to shelve at least one copy with the rest of the Wimpy Kid books, even if it is nonfiction, because that’s where the kids will look and will check it out from.

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