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Diary of an awesome friendly kid : Rowley Jefferson's journal
2019
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No fan of the Wimpy Kid series would argue that Greg Heffley's long-suffering sidekick, Rowley Jefferson, doesn't deserve a turn in the spotlight. And none will be surprised that as soon as Rowley claims it, Greg hijacks it for himself. What begins as Rowley's diary—illustrated in Kinney's familiar stick-figure style—quickly morphs into a biography of Greg, who insists that "there are gonna be a LOT of biographies about him one day," but he's giving Rowley the chance to write the first. What follows is a retelling of some indignities that Rowley has suffered at Greg's hands: Greg's manipulation of Rowley extends to every facet of their friendship, including cheating on a math test so thoroughly that he inadvertently copies Rowley's name onto his own paper. But Rowley remains an "awesome friendly kid" through and through—when the friends create original comics, Rowley's superhero, Amazing Guy, blocks attacks with rainbows and wears padded gloves "so he doesn't hurt the bad guys too much." His superpower, like Rowley's, is kindness. This series spinoff first appeared in 2018 (at half its present length) as a promotion for Scholastic Book Clubs. The fuller version will please fans, many of whom have long maintained that Rowley deserves better. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)

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Greg Heffley's best friend and biographer shares first-person insights into their middle-school experiences while making a decided mess of Greg's life story. By the award-winning creator of Rodrick Rules and Getaway - (Baker & Taylor)

In his first journal, middle schooler Rowley Jefferson, Greg Heffley's sidekick, records his experiences and misguided decision to write a biography of Greg, who, in his own mind, is destined to become rich and famous. - (Baker & Taylor)

When Rowley Jefferson writes about his experiences and agrees to be Greg Heffley's biographer, he makes a mess of it. - (Baker & Taylor)

An instant #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestseller!

Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author—Rowley Jefferson! Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it’s finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life’s story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his “biography” of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world—one fans won’t want to miss!
 
- (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.)

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