Known for the well known children’s book series, “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, Jeff Kinney is not just an author but also a game designer, movie director, actor, cartoonist and
producer. He has also played an important part in designing Poptropica, which is a special website for children.
|Date of Birth||February 19, 1971|
|Education||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Childern||Will Kinney,Grant Kinney|
|Net worth||$25 Million|
Early Life and Education
Born as Jeffery Patrick Kinney in Fort Washington in Maryland, USA, Jeff Kinney has three siblings – two brothers and a sister. He went to College Park in University of Maryland to study for his graduation.
It was during this time in the early 90s that he started taking his love for drawing cartoons seriously. He went on to create a comic strip known as Igdoof which became quite popular when it started appearing in the College Newspaper called The Diamondback.
When Wimpy Kid Got Rolling
Early in January 1998, Jeff Kinney came up with the idea of writing a book series about a weakling name Greg Heffley, who has big dreams but ends up botching up most of his plans. The idea was to write comic strips that highlighted each day in the life of the boy along with illustrations. Jeff Kinney launched an online version of the series in 2004, in association with Funbrain.
After working on the series for about eight years, Jeff decided to go a step further and share his manuscript with a well known publisher of New York. The gamble paid and he soon was signed by Harper N Abrams Inc to write multiple books of the series.
When his books hit the newsstands, they sold like hot cakes and the online version too was going great guns with more than 20 million hits in year 2007.
Till date, Jeff Kinney has written 12 Wimpy kid books and each one is loved by children across the globe. More than 58 million copies of these books have been sold and were also developed into movies in which Jeff worked as the Executive Producer.
A Profession on the Side
Other than being an author, Jeff Kinney is also a game developer and designs games for the website. He played an integral role in the conceptualization and design of Poptropica, which is an exclusive website for kids. The website comprises of two islands that are dedicated to the Wimpy Kid series and are named Wimpy Boardwalk and Wimpy Island.
In the year 2005, Jeff opened a bookshop named “An Unlikely Story” with his wife. He also has a café in Plainville in Massachusetts.
Movies on Wimpy Kid
As of now there have been three film adaptations of the book series. These are namely Diary of the Wimpy Kid, Diary of the Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of the Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
Awards and Achievements
Jeff Kinney was named one of the World’s Most Influential People of the year by Time in April, 2009.
The Wimpy Kid series is so popular among the kids world over, that it won the award for Favorite Book in the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award in 2016.