Aah August. Hot summer days, back to school sales. . . and my cousin’s birthday. Pretty much the usual. EXCEPT this August 3, 2010, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie (rated PG) comes out on DVD. Now that doesn’t happen every year, does it? And how are we going to celebrate? With fun new interviews of course!
We spoke with Jeff Kinney, author of the books, and Zachary Gordon, the actor who plays Greg. First we asked Jeff:
• Wicked Wimp Winner (4 or more right) • Sort-Of Wimpy (3 right) • Not Really a Wimp (less than 2 right)
And the answers are…
Greg’s little brother’s nickname for him is Bubby.
Greg wrapped himself in toilet paper to keep warm.
When their parents went away for the weekend, Rodrick had a wild party and locked Greg in the basement.
Greg wore speedos (a super tight and not-so-super-stylish male swimsuit) when he didn’t have any clean underwear. They were later exposed in gym class.
When Greg’s family was driving back from the water park, they accidentally left Greg’s mom in a gas station bathroom.
BONUS ANSWER: 217 is the number of pages each Diary of a Wimpy Kid hardcover book contains.
Are you as wimpy as me? Or wimpier? Well if there’s one lesson to be learned, it’s that wimps of the world should unite. Stand tall (as our spindly legs will allow us). Be proud (until our older siblings expose our most embarrassing secrets). And write it down. Because as Greg would say, we will not have time to tell everyone our life story when we are rich and famous.
In our other video previews of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, the focus was on Greg Heffley, the main character and proverbial "wimpy kid." But I thought I would focus today's blog post on MY favorite character, Rowley. Sweet, lovable, happy-go-lucky Rowley is a totally loyal friend to Greg while Greg is just obsessed with popularity, and um. . . not so likable all the time. Can you imagine a better friend than Rowley? And the actor who plays him — Robert Capron — is absolutely perfect! Check out this video clip of the Mother & Son Dance where Rowley and his mom do this dance routine that can only be described as Jaw-Droppingly Awesome! And PS, this was one of Robert's favorite scenes to shoot because he got to dance with his real mom!
Yes, that is his REAL mom! Did your jaw drop while watching this? I know mine did. Now don't get me wrong, I think Zach Gordon is awesome too. After meeting him at the live chat on Tuesday, I can tell you for sure that he is totally sweet and nothing like his wimpy (sometimes even jerky) character, Greg. And he even told me that he and Robert are really good friends now since they met making this movie.
Hi! All week we are bringing you Wimpy Kid features to get you pumped for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie coming out on Friday. Exclusive movie clips, a trivia quiz, your questions answered by Jeff Kinney and Zach Gordon. . . and more still to come. So jump onto your profile, change your mood to "wimpy" and show the world you're ready for Wimpy Week!!
Wimpy Week continues now with a special sneak peek of Jeff Kinney's newest book coming out today! It's called The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary and it describes all the behind the scenes stuff that went into making his hilarious book Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a movie.Check it out!
If I had to pick when I was in middle school – I would definitely say I was the wimpy kid instead of the popular kid. I guess it’s a little different because I’m a girl, but nonetheless, I would fall to the wimp side. But, they say that angst in middle school makes you a better writer. I guess some good had to come of always getting picked last in gym class. I suppose it’s all that pent-up emotion waiting to get out!
Anyhow…. In preparation for the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, take this Trivia Tuesday quiz and see where you rank. Even if you haven’t read the books – enjoy for kicks and giggles.
From Book #1. What is Greg’s little brother’s nickname for him?
From Book #2. What did Greg wrap himself in to keep warm while hiding out in the bathroom to avoid swim team practice?
From Book #2. When Greg’s parents went away overnight, and left Rodrick and Greg in charge of the house, what did Rodrick do?
From Book #3. When Greg didn’t have any clean underwear because he had to do laundry, what did he do?
From Book #4. What happened to Greg’s mom on the way back from Slipslide Water Park?
BONUS: Exactly how many pages does each Diary of a Wimpy Kid book have?
Leave your answers in the Comments, and check back next week for the answers, and to see where you rank. These will be the standings: Wicked Wimp Winner! (4 or more right) Sort-Of Wimpy. (3 right) Not Really a Wimp. (2 or less right)
You have been asking us for a Wimpy Kid chat, so since the movie is coming out on March 19 (have you seen our exclusive and hilarious movie preview?), we are planning an AMAZING Wimpy Kid chat with 2 extra special guests. Who are these splendiferous guests coming to Scholastic to chat online with YOU? I’ll give you a hint, one is an author and one is a twelve-year-old actor. Can you guess who they are?
WHO: Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series PLUS Zachary Gordon, the kid who plays Greg in the movie WHEN: TODAY 5:30-6:15 p.m. ET (2:30-3:15 p.m. PT) WHERE: THE STACKS (See below for sign-in instructions.) TOPIC: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie!
That’s right. Jeff Kinney and Zach Gordon will be both be joining us for this Live Chat, so you will definitely not want to miss this one!
We have fun Live Chats here every month. Sign up for our Live Chat reminders and we will send you an e-mail a couple days before future chats to remind you to join!
— STACKS Staffers
Update: Thanks to those of you who joined today’s live chat. We had an amazing time hanging out with Jeff Kinney and Zachary Gordon, and we hope you did too! Here’s the transcript so you can read every word that Jeff and Zach said!
OK, I am so excited about the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie (rated PG) coming out this Friday, that I hereby declare this week. . . Wimpy Week! Want to join me? Show your Wimpy spirit by signing in to your profile and changing your mood to Wimpy! Let’s get everyone on the STACKS to be Wimpy!
We have some very fun things planned for Wimpy Week, including a LIVE CHAT with author Jeff Kinney and actor Zach Gordon, the kid who plays Greg. That’s happening on Tuesday (tomorrow!) and I hope you all can come because it’s going to be soooooo ooooooooo oooo fun!
And now, to kick off Wimpy Week, the STACKS is pleased to present 2 exclusive scenes from the movie.
Hey, Splotters! Been a while since my last post. . . didja miss me?
If any of you read my review of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you know I loved it. I thought it was hilarious. I’ve been keeping up with the series since then, and it hasn’t missed a beat so far. When my copy of #4 in the series – Dog Days - arrived in the mail, I was excited (and a little nervous) wondering how long can Mr. Kinney keep his hot streak going?
Here’s how I test how funny a book is: I take it onto the subway (or any public place where it would be weird to start laughing by yourself – people give you the evil eye like you wouldn’t believe). If I’m reading a book, and it can make me laugh despite knowing that everyone in the subway car is going to think I’m weird, then I know it’s funny. Dog Days passed that test about 30 seconds after I sat down. (I then had to endure 30 minutes of glares. Oh well.) It follows the same format as before: Greg Heffley, a ridiculously un-self-aware 8th-grader, narrates his life through a series of written and illustrated journal entries. This time, he covers his summer vacation, which he calls a “three-month guilt trip” because he likes to stay inside all day and play video games while everyone else is running around outside. (Hey, sounds like a perfectly good summer to me. . .) His parents aren’t huge fans of the idea, to no one’s surprise, and shenanigans ensue as Greg blunders and cringes through three months of enforced fun. It starts with Greg and his buddy Rowley running up a huge tab at the country club and gets better from there.
I’m going to follow my policy of not ruining any of the jokes for you, but some of the highlights include: Fregley; Li’l Cutie; “Hello, You’re Dead;” Champions Swim Meet; “Get a load a this!” Dog Days has my wholehearted recommendation. If you liked any of the previous entries in the series, you’ll love it. If you’ve never read any of those entries, you’ll love it. Heck, you’ll love it no matter what! Just. . . don’t read it on a subway.
Have you read Dog Days? How do you think it stacks up to the other Wimpy Kid books? Let me know in the comments!
— Jack, STACKS Writer
BONUS WRITING PROMPT: In the book Frindle, Nick invents a new word for pen, and starts calling it a “frindle.” What everyday item would you rename, and what would you call it? Leave your answer in the Comments.