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November 9, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
The first time through middle school was bad for Jeff Kinney. But the second time? Golden. Kinney is the writer and cartoonist behind the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, a series that revels in the thugs and cliques, the clueless parents, the awkward bodies, treacherous siblings and excruciating moments of grades 6 through 8. The seven "novels in cartoons" he published between 2007 and 2012 have sold more than 115 million copies worldwide - many...
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December 30, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Another Los Angeles bookstore is closing its doors. Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop , a children's book store located in La Verne, has announced it will close in early 2014 -- most likely before January is out. A final sale began on Friday. "It's economic," owner Judy Nelson told The Times. "Retail shopping is changing. " Big-box stores, discounters and online sales provided too much competition, she said. None were a factor when Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop opened in La Verne in 1985.
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March 17, 2010 | By Rachel Abramowitz >>>
The world of childhood, according to many movies and TV shows, is full of preternaturally cheery moppets who sing and dance and make calculated wisecracks. That's not the world inhabited by sixth-grader Greg Heffley, the hero of the bestselling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books. For Heffley, school is a perilous jungle, where he must navigate the Scylla and Charybdis of prepubescent humiliation and failure, while trying to climb the ladder of popularity. "I'll be famous one day," notes Heffley in the first book, "but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons."
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November 9, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
The first time through middle school was bad for Jeff Kinney. But the second time? Golden. Kinney is the writer and cartoonist behind the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, a series that revels in the thugs and cliques, the clueless parents, the awkward bodies, treacherous siblings and excruciating moments of grades 6 through 8. The seven "novels in cartoons" he published between 2007 and 2012 have sold more than 115 million copies worldwide - many...
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December 30, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Another Los Angeles bookstore is closing its doors. Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop , a children's book store located in La Verne, has announced it will close in early 2014 -- most likely before January is out. A final sale began on Friday. "It's economic," owner Judy Nelson told The Times. "Retail shopping is changing. " Big-box stores, discounters and online sales provided too much competition, she said. None were a factor when Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop opened in La Verne in 1985.
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August 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Behold the cover of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. " It is lime green. It features Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley being tormented by eight balls. It's the eighth book in Jeff Kinney's bestselling series, and it's coming to shelves in November. And yet, in an unusual move, the "Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck" book tour starts Thursday. Usually a book tour starts only after a book is on sale. That makes sense: Readers don't know much about what's inside a novel before they can open it. In the case of Kinney's books, however, readers already know about the Wimpy Kid's travails, and they're enthusiastic about getting their hands on more.
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April 11, 2010
Fiction Weeks on list 1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined in a Mississippi town. 44 2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central: $21.99) The ax-wielding president seeks vengeance against vampires for the death of his mother. 4 3. Bite Me by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: $23.99)
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August 1, 2010 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98 Jeff Kinney's popular kid lit novel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" makes a smooth transition to the big screen, thanks to director Thor Freudenthal, a team of writers and a game young cast who work together to capture the whimsical tone of Kinney's book. Zachary Gordon plays an 11-year-old navigating the hazards of middle school and trying way too hard to engineer a rise in popularity. The movie overemphasizes the gross-out humor at times, but it's suitably witty and rivals John Hughes in its understanding of how status preoccupies adolescents.
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November 12, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It's been three years since Greg Heffley self-consciously entered middle school in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," with misguided attempts to fit in among the "gorillas who need to shave twice a day" and the girls who didn't even know he existed. Four books, 37 million copies and one hit movie later, Greg is back and as desperate as ever in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth," the latest in Jeff Kinney's comedic series that can be found in the bedrooms of most third-grade boys. "The Ugly Truth" picks up on the theme that kicked off the series in 2007: Greg's ex-friendship with the portly, innocent Rowley.
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August 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Behold the cover of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. " It is lime green. It features Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley being tormented by eight balls. It's the eighth book in Jeff Kinney's bestselling series, and it's coming to shelves in November. And yet, in an unusual move, the "Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck" book tour starts Thursday. Usually a book tour starts only after a book is on sale. That makes sense: Readers don't know much about what's inside a novel before they can open it. In the case of Kinney's books, however, readers already know about the Wimpy Kid's travails, and they're enthusiastic about getting their hands on more.
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August 2, 2012 | By Stephanie Zacharek
Sometimes the most unassuming kids' movies - the ones that don't work too hard to be artistic or educational or worthy - are the smartest. Until now, the"Diary of a Wimpy Kid"movies, surprisingly well-engineered little comedies based on Jeff Kinney's popular illustrated novels, fell into that category. Unfortunately, the third picture in the franchise,"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" - which, like last year's"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,"was directed by David Bowers - ends the series' winning streak, or at least slows it down to a panting, dog-day crawl.
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July 28, 2012 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Compared to the traditional protagonists of summer movies, Greg Heffley really doesn't measure up. He's a skinny little thing, is no pillar of rectitude and doesn't have much in the way of friends. But to countless young boys, Greg feels like a real superhero, even as he's becoming better behaved on screen than he is in print. Opening Friday,"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days"is the third entry in what has been a small but modestly successful series. Adapted from Jeff Kinney's wildly popular illustrated books, the films chronicle the everyday struggles of middle-school student Greg.
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April 19, 2012 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
What do Sugar Ray Leonard, Judy Blume, Betty White, T.C. Boyle, Rodney King, Joseph Wambaugh and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have in common? They're just a few of the high-profile personalities appearing this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Now in its second year at USC, the 17th annual festival offers another robust two-day program of writers and celebrity authors unmatched by any other literary event across the country. More than 400 authors are scheduled to appear in panel sessions and on eight stages set up across USC's University Park Campus.
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November 12, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
It's been three years since Greg Heffley self-consciously entered middle school in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," with misguided attempts to fit in among the "gorillas who need to shave twice a day" and the girls who didn't even know he existed. Four books, 37 million copies and one hit movie later, Greg is back and as desperate as ever in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth," the latest in Jeff Kinney's comedic series that can be found in the bedrooms of most third-grade boys. "The Ugly Truth" picks up on the theme that kicked off the series in 2007: Greg's ex-friendship with the portly, innocent Rowley.
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September 12, 2010 | By Sonja Bolle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In young-adult fiction, look for the fall to squeeze every last drop of — excuse the expression — blood out of the vampire and supernatural creature trend. We've seen werewolves, ghosts, warrior fairies, zombies … where can we go next? Well, into younger age groups, for one. With her new novel "Radiance" (Square Fish/Feiwel and Friends, ages 9-12), for example, Alyson Noël spins off a new series about the ghostly younger sister from her "Immortals" books for ages 12 and older.
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August 1, 2010 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.98 Jeff Kinney's popular kid lit novel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" makes a smooth transition to the big screen, thanks to director Thor Freudenthal, a team of writers and a game young cast who work together to capture the whimsical tone of Kinney's book. Zachary Gordon plays an 11-year-old navigating the hazards of middle school and trying way too hard to engineer a rise in popularity. The movie overemphasizes the gross-out humor at times, but it's suitably witty and rivals John Hughes in its understanding of how status preoccupies adolescents.
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April 11, 2010
Fiction Weeks on list 1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined in a Mississippi town. 44 2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central: $21.99) The ax-wielding president seeks vengeance against vampires for the death of his mother. 4 3. Bite Me by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: $23.99)
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