Jeff Kinney



Strong reading recommendations from the Wimpy Kid creator.



When Jeff Kinney first imagined his Diary of a Wimpy Kid, what had begun as a web comic with overtones of "It's funny because it's true" gave birth to a series of inventive and giggle-producing books for young readers. Middle-school student Greg Heffley is a charming, hapless everykid, and his adventures are brought to life through the winning stick-figure drawings which illustrate his tales of travail. We asked Wimpy Kid creator Jeff Kinney to share three of his favorite reads with us.


Books by Jeff Kinney




Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

By Judy Blume


"My all-time favorite book as a kid. I think I did a book report on it every year I was in elementary school. Judy Blume takes ordinary ingredients and tells extraordinary stories. No special effects required."






The Arrival

By Shaun Tan


"A real modern masterpiece. It takes the graphic novel to a whole new level. And it's about immigration, of all things. I read it over and over because I can't figure out how Shaun Tan pulled it off."





A Spell for Chameleon

By Piers Anthony


"The Xanth series is wonderful science fiction—fast-paced, funny, and fresh. Fantasy without all the weight that's common to other books in the genre."


April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.