The Wimpy Kid Ice Cream Truck Tour
All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
The Kansas City Public Library will be one of the scheduled stops on the The Wimpy Kid Ice Cream Truck Tour, Friday, August 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 East 75th Street. The tour is to promote Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the fourth book in the New York Times best-selling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney.
Kinney, a thirty-something Maryland native had created a comic strip during college and hoped to continue his dream of being a cartoonist after he graduated. With the failure to have his comic strip syndicated he then crafted the idea for Diary of a Wimpy Kid in 1998. Six years later he was publishing installments of his new idea on Funbrain.com. The online version became a success with more than 80 million hits to date.
Then, in 2006, Kinney signed a multi-book deal with Harry N. Abrams to turn his online creation into a print series. The series includes; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. The latest addition, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, will be available on October 12, 2009.
Abrams Publishing will be providing FREE ice cream treats and handing out bookmarks during the event. Copies of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be available for checkout.