Jeff Kinney Facts

Here are some facts about Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

  • Jeff Kinney was born on 19th February, 1971 in Fort Washington, Maryland (US)
  • He is married to Julie and has two sons, Will and Grant.
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid started life online in 2004 and became really popular (receiving over 80 million visitors). Some of the fans wanted a print version, so Jeff Kinney released the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book in 2007.
  • Over 75 million copies of books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kids series have been sold.
  • At the time of writing, there have been 3 film versions of the books (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days)
  • As well as being an author, Jeff Kinney is also a cartoonist and online game creator. He designed the Poptropica website.
  • Jeff plays volleyball twice a week.
  • He didn’t keep a diary when he was younger, but he now writes in a journal.
  • Jeff Kinney is Cub Scout master.
  • when he started to make lots of money from the success of his books, Jeff bought the house next door to his home. He uses this as his writing space.

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