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I just came across a pretty cool Diary of a Wimpy Kid contest on the Scholastic Club website. If you are in 4th-6th grade, you can submit a one page “diary entry” of the funniest thing that happened to you at school. The grand prize winner will get a personal letter from Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. 10 winners will receive a signed copy of Diary of a  Wimpy Kid 4.

Click here for the full contest information. Entries must be received by October 23, 2009.

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While we anxiously await the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book and the arrival of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, here’s an interview with Jeff Kinney, the author of the books. The interview was done after the first two books were released. In the interview, Kinney talks about how he and the fans like the books equally. In addition, Kinney answers the question of why these books appeal to boys more than most other books made for the 10-13 age range.

One of the things that Kinney talks about a lot is the impact of Diary of a Wimpy Kid on “reluctant readers,” or kids who would otherwise not want to read for fun. We hear that frequently when people talk about the Wimpy Kid series.

Kinney also talks about the possibility someday of a “Wimpy World,” or a place that kids can interact online within the Wimpy Kid Series. Kinney wants to “keep [his] options open” about the spread of Wimpy Kid into different media.

Check out the video and tell us what you think. Is Kinney what you expected?

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