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Jeff Kinney

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Wimpy Kid

In 1998, Jeff Kinney began writing down jokes and illustrations in a series of journals for what would later become Diary of a Wimpy Kid. After six years of working on this content, Jeff released the first of many daily installments on Funbrain.com in May 2014.

After receiving millions of views of this content on Funbrain, Jeff brought a printed sample of his manuscript to New York ComicCon in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he signed a multi-book deal with Abrams to turn the writing and illustrations into a book series.

Loosely based on Jeff’s own childhood, the series follows middle school weakling, Greg Heffley, as he journals the trials, tribulations and humor of dealing with family, friends and surviving middle school.

The first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series was published in 2007 and gained instant success. Today, there are 18 books in the series in 84 editions and 69 languages. The books have sold more than 290 million copies globally.

In addition to the book series, Jeff has written and illustrated three spin-off titles in the Awesome Friendly Kid series, written from the perspective of Greg’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

Beyond the books, the Wimpy Kid series has been adapted into four live action movies, three animated films on Disney+  and a Musical. Greg Heffley also lives outside the book pages in the form of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon, emojis and licensed products.

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Jeff begins writing
jokes + illustrations
for the books


Diary of a Wimpy Kid
content releases daily on


Jeff visits New
York ComicCon +
signs a
multi-book deal


Diary of a Wimpy Kid
publishes and becomes
an instant bestseller


Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Rodrick Rules releases
and at least one book has
published annually ever


Jeff is named one of
"Time" Magazine's
100 most influential
people in the world


The first of four live action films debuts

Greg Heffley takes flight in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Jeff wins the first of six Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards for Favorite Book

Image by
Ev Dow Photography


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules live action film premieres


Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Dog Days live
action film releases



Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Musical debuts at the Children's Theatre in Minneapolis

Jeff receives Guinness World Record's Recognition for Bestselling Author


The first of many Greg Heffley character costumes is created

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul live action film releases


Greg Heffley emojis are released worldwide


The Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid series launches and becomes an instant New Your Times bestseller


The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie launches on Disney+ and brings Greg Heffley to life in full-color, 3D animation for the first time

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Photo by Kaitlin Randolph


The Wimpy Kid Musical returns to the Childrens' Theatre Company

Over 275 million books sold worldwide

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde (book 17 in the series) releases

The second animated movie: Rodrick Rules releases on Disney+ on December 2