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."


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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).