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Abrams Books Releases Final Cover for Tom Angleberger's Origami Yodi Series

logo_default On August 12th, 2014, Abrams Books imprint Amulet will release the sixth and final book, EMPEROR PICKLETINE RIDES THE BUS, in the Origami Yoda Series. First published in 2010, this series has more than 5.3 million copies in print and has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a natural step up from the Wimpy Kid series, with more text and narrative complexity, but just as much on-target humor and all-around fun.” School Library Journal also called the series, "honest, funny, and immensely entertaining. The illustrations and design will engage readers.”

Publishers Weekly released the cover earlier this week and talked to Tom about his inspiration for the series and his new book The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain. (Click to read Tom Angleberger to Fold Origami Yoda Series.) Though we're sad to see the end of this series, we couldn't be more thrilled about the new cover! Let us know what you think on twitter - @MandaGroup!

9781419709333Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus: An Origami Yoda Book By Tom Angleberger Abrams/Amulet Augugt 12, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4197-0933-3

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8 | Canadian Release

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, 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:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid NEW COVER & TITLE REVEAL!

I hope you're as excited about this bit of news as we are: Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams has revealed the title and cover for the latest book in the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. The title for book 7 is... Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel! And here is the awesome cover: 

ISBN: 9781419705847 CAD: $16.95 

We love it! Greg looks so heartbroken... I really hope this book has a happy ending.

What do you think??


After much speculation, anticipation and nail biting in frustration, the much anticipated 6th book in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series if finally here!  Hip Hip Hooray for Hefley! Click HERE for your free Cabin Fever wallpaper design, and hit your local bookstore for your very own, powder blue, beautiful copy of the book which goes on sale today everywhere fine children's books are sold. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney, Amulet Books, $16.95, Nov-15-11

The Countdown IS ON!

We are mere days away from the launch of Cabin Fever, and in anticipation we're sharing this cool Amulet video featuring images from the upcoming book.  This is for you Wimpy Kid fans!  Enjoy!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (9781419702235), $16.95 CAN / Amulet Books



Revenge of the Nerds!

Michael Buckley, bestselling children's author of The Sisters Grimm and N.E.R.D.S. books series, delighted young fans in Vancouver last night at a booksigning organized by the fabulous Vancouver Kidsbooks. Parents and children gave Michael their full attention as he waxed comedic about his good friends in the business (AKA Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda books) and other famous folk who have inspired him along the way (Steve Martin was mentioned a couple of times!).

Michael spoke animatedly about some of the interesting jobs he had before becoming an author, such as a P.A. for David Letterman, a circus performer, t.v. screenwriter (he wrote for Nickelodeon!) and stand up comedian.  He decided to become a children's book author when he realized he was really into what other kids were into, like video games and whacky t.v. shows.

When asked about the inspiration for his N.E.R.D.S. series, he explained that it came to him like an epiphany at a high school reunion.  He looked around and suddenly realized all of the kids who were cool in high school grew up ordinary, whereas the nerds (a group to which he admittedly belonged) all flourished to work at really interesting jobs and married to supermodels! His takeaway lesson?  It all gets better kids!  Who wants to peak at 16 anyway?!

Michael Buckley's new book, N.E.R.D.S.: The Cheerleaders of Doom (9781419700248; $16.95) is available now wherever fine children's books are sold.



David Ward reading at Harbourfront, and book giveaway

Above is a clip of David Ward reading from his new book, Between Two Ends (Amulet; ISBN 9780810997141). The reading took place at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto as part of ALOUD: A Celebration for Young Readers. This is part of Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, the largest children's literary event in Canada with over 8000 young readers attending from May 11-12, 2011. For more information on these hugely successful events please see here and here. Thank you to the event organizers and hosts, and David Ward himself! You were all so helpful and we really appreciate being able to get some video coverage.

Between Two Ends, by David WardWe're giving away a signed copy of Between Two Ends at, our website for young readers, so head over there now to enter!

David Ward was born in Montreal and grew up in Vancouver. He was an elementary school teacher for eleven years before completing his master's degree. He is the author of the Grassland trilogy and is a writer and university instructor in children's literature. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and their three children. Visit his website!

Amulet Books is an imprint of ABRAMS.


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Wimpy Kid 6 Announced!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6Get ready for an avalanche of Wimpy Kid excitement this fall! Amulet Books has announced the sixth volume in Jeff Kinney's bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will go on sale in November 2011. The author gives us a hint of what to expect:

"I'm very excited to be writing the sixth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, which features the Heffley family being snowed in," said Jeff Kinney. "Having just experienced an epic winter in New England, I've had plenty of inspiration to draw from."

Expect a blizzard of publicity beginning with a re-launch of the Wimpy Kid website next month. And if you REALLY can't wait to find out more, check out the trailer below for a preview of the Wimpy Wonderland island on Poptropica!

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