Amulet Books will pull yet another egg out from under their golden goose on November 9, when they release the fifth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The press release makes it seem like the big news is that the color scheme of the new book will be purple, and to be fair, that probably is the most important feature to the readers, who are already sold on the first-person tales of Greg Heffley, average guy. However, author Jeff Kinney also hints at a major shift in the relationship between Greg and his best friend Rowley; apparently, nothing will ever be the same again. Not something I was expecting from the Wimpy Kid books.
Can't wait that long? You can scratch both the Twilight and the Wimpy Kid itch with a single parody, The Diary of a Wimpy Vampire which is just out this week; it's from a British publisher but is supposed to be published internationally. According to the UK paper The Independent,
Aimed at kids aged 12-15, the book is called a "comic tale of a teenage vampire's struggle with the angst and traumas of adolescence." It focuses on Nigel Mullet, who was made into a vampire as a teenager and will therefore spend eternity at the awkward age of 15.
Now that is a fate worse than death. Speaking of which, if you're thinking "Why didn't someone do a zombie mashup of Wimpy Kid?" wonder no more; Papercutz has you covered.
(Hat tip: Martha Cornog.)