Thursday 30 March 2017

Wimpy Kid becomes fastest selling book

Robert Dex

The latest instalment in the adventures of a struggling schoolboy has become the fastest-selling book of the year.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin fever has sold 81,656 copies in the first week since publication.

The book, the sixth in the series by American author Jeff Kinney, follows Greg Heffley as he attempts to fit in at school and deal with his brothers Manny and Rodrick.

Francesca Dow, from Penguin Children's Books, said: "We are all absolutely thrilled at Puffin with these fantastic first week figures and are thoroughly delighted that the Wimpy Kid phenomenon continues to grow. With Jeff coming to the UK and Ireland next Monday to begin a week-long tour, we know that the Wimpy Kid books will continue to sell in the run-up to Christmas and well into the future. This is a hugely exciting time to be working in children's publishing and we're proud at Puffin to be publishing the top-selling children's author."

More than 5 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have been sold in the UK with more than 50 million in print in north America

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