dwkThe Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 8 has a Canadian release date of NOVEMBER 5th, 2013! A few weeks ago Abrams Books released an original image by Jeff Kinney (seen here), which featured Greg Heffley under an umbrella being bombarded by raining eight balls. The image is a subtle hint of what fans can expect in the new book.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Greg Heffley's stories would be enjoyed by this many kids around the world," said Kinney in a statement. "I'm incredibly excited that ABRAMS is launching the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book with an international release of this size."

The other books in the series include Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary.

First published in 2007, Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. More than 85 million DWK books are in print in over 44 territories; three movies based on the series have grossed more than $250 million and The Wimpy Kid Island on poptropica.com, a virtual world for kids, remains one of the most visited on the site.

For more information on the global release of the book visit: http://www.abramsbooks.com/wimpykid8pr.html