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WHO YOU CALLING WIMPY? HOW AUTHOR JEFF KINNEY TURNED HIS CHILDHOOD MEMORIES INTO A KIDS SENSATION Kinney with his misbehaving alter ego, Greg Heffley, from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and films © PARADE Publications 2011. All rights reserved.


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Jeff Kinney says, spying the Harry Potter books on the shelf at a children’s bookstore in Manhattan. Strolling through the aisles, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series offers up kind words for such landmark works as Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop (“loved that one”) and Judy Blume’s titles (“the gold standard for children’s fiction”). Wearing a crisp blue work shirt and jeans, the 40-year-old writerillustrator might easily be mistaken for the father of one of his rabid readers—until a display devoted to 20th-century kid-lit standards catches his eye. “What makes a classic, exactly?” Kinney wonders, and suddenly it’s easy to reconcile this deferential grown-up with the voice of 12-year-old Greg Heffley, the irreverent narrator of the Wimpy Kid books. “You have to have a dog or kid die at the end?” He shrugs and adds, pointing to an area with even more vintage tomes, “This is the well-intentioned-grandparents’ section.” Kinney visited this same store four years ago to sign copies of the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid. At the time, no one knew whether a book based on a Web comic strip—written and drawn to look like the work of a middleschooler whose mind-set is more Beavis and Butt-head than Hardy Boys—would find an audience. The publisher, Abrams, printed a modest 15,000 copies. At the signing, only 23 people showed up—all relatives from Kinney’s home state of Maryland. Low turnouts are a thing of the past for Kinney. Thanks to word of mouth among young readers, his cartoon novel is now in its 71st printing and has spawned four sequels, two films (the second, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, opens March 25), and ancillary products such as games, puzzles, action figures, and pajamas. Over 47 million copies of the books are in print in the U.S. alone, and the volumes have been translated into 30 languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Greek, Hebrew, Thai, and German (in which the title is I’m Surrounded by Idiots, since there’s no German word for “wimpy”). A Wimpy Kid balloon even debuted in the Macy’s ThanksVisit us at PARADE.COM

giving Day Parade last year. “That was a real moment of joy, along with a feeling of ‘It can’t possibly get any bigger than this,’ ” Kinney says of watching a giant Greg sail over his and his family’s heads. “My life vacillates between absolutely ordinary and absolutely surreal.” The Wimpy franchise “expresses the sensibility of 12-year-old boys,” says Pam Kunick-Cohen of Fox Consumer Products, which licenses Wimpy merchandise. And, as depicted in the books, that sensibility is hardly the stuff of a Boy Scout jamboree. A proud slacker, the whiny, self-absorbed Greg wants to be famous but not work hard for it. He thinks his parents are corny; feels put-upon by his heavy-metal-dude older brother, Rodrick; rationalizes away his worst habits, like physically tormenting his doofy pal Rowley; and pulls stunts like mowing only parts of a lawn to avoid dog poo. Some parents don’t appreciate the Heffley approach to life: “The running theme of the series is that Greg is a little kid who gets picked on, so anything he does to others is

boys, and it gets them to read.” No doubt it’s hooked many girls, as well: Barnes & Noble recently listed Wimpy as the most popular series for kids ages 9 to 12, above even Harry Potter. “Kids are smart enough to know when Greg is doing something wrong,” says Charles Kochman, editorial director at Abrams. “And by recognizing it in Greg, they recognize it in themselves.” For his part, Kinney says he likes “creating a feeling of dissonance with my readers. You’re expecting an adult to step in and make things right. To me, the humor comes from that— the reader being left with a sense of ‘Isn’t Greg going to learn his lesson?’ There are plenty of books where you can feel the author guiding you toward a particular conclusion. I don’t do that. I like to write for entertainment.” If there is a lesson in the Wimpy phenomenon, it may be one for late bloomers and middle-aged reinventors. “It’s been a weird path,” Kinney says of his success. The son of a military analyst who worked at the Pentagon

m A scene from the new film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Right: Kinney’s latest book, The Ugly Truth.

understandable under the victimhood mhood license,” wrote one online critic.. But little boys, and the people who want them to read more, can’t get enough of Greg. The Naperville Public Library in Illinois is one of a number of libraries that have started Diary of a Wimpy Kid after-school activities, such as a trivia game, to encourage more boys to attend storytelling time. “It’s not like we’re endorsing the bad behavior in the books,” says Kelly Kowalski, who organizes the Naperville events. “But that humor appeals to

and a mom who ran a preschool, he was raised in the D.C. suburb of Fort Washington, Md. A fan of The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes (Doonesbury, he says, is “too precious”), Kinney drew a strip for his college newspaper at the University of Maryland. After graduating with a degree in criminal justice, he thought he could parlay his comics work into a career but was turned down by every outlet he approached. Delaying his dream, he married and worked as a layout designer at a small newspaper in F Massachusetts and as a software engineer. March 20, 2011 • 9

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“He was sitting around playing video games,” recalls his younger brother, Patrick, of this period of disillusionment, “and he realized he wasn’t creating.” So Kinney began crafting an illustrated diary about a kid named Greg. He set it in middle school because “that’s when I maxed out talentwise” with his drawing skills. Originally intending the project as a nostalgic look back for adult readers, Kinney spent years working on the journals in private (“I felt this was the only good idea I was ever going to have, so I wanted to take my time”), incorporating stories from his childhood: the day he hid out in a bathroom to avoid swim-team practice; the time he and a buddy rolled a massive snow boulder that ripped apart the lawn. In 2004 he convinced his bosses at the kids’ website FunBrain, where he was working as a game developer, to run the journal pages online as a comic strip, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid developed a devoted following, as many as 90,000 visitors a day.

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Then Kinney experienced a fanboy fantasy come true: He brought portions of his 1,300-page strip to the 2006 Comic-Con in New York, where he met Kochman, who loved the title and samples. About a month later, Kochman called him with some news: Abrams wanted to publish his work and to aim it at young readers rather than adults. Kinney liked the idea, and the rest is Wimpy history. Growing up, Kinney was not wimpy so much as righteous. He attended Catholic high school and never liked grunge music; once, he persuaded his grandmother not to buy his brother Patrick a Beastie Boys album, thinking it inappropriate for a 10-yearold. He was, in Patrick’s words, “not a wimp, but not macho, either.” Today Kinney is an industrious father of two (Will, 8, and Grant, 5—from his second marriage, to homemaker Julie) who helps out with his sons’ soccer and Cub Scout outings in their town of Plainville, Mass. He keeps his fame monster in check: When he sees his books sandwiched between The Phantom Tollbooth and The Chronicles of Narnia in the bookstore, he cracks, “Which do you think is going to stand the test of time?” before adding, more seriously, “You want to create a classic, but you also know it’s beyond your control.” Kinney sometimes wonders about his influence over impressionable young readers. “I know Greg’s not a role continued on page 14

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landed in Washington, D.C., to coach Gallaudet University’s Bison women’s basketball team in October 2007, he braced for the challenge of his career. Even though he had an impressive résumé—he’d coached WNBA and NCAA Division I women’s teams and, most recently, the Nigerian national women’s team— he had never worked with athletes quite like these. The students at Gallaudet are deaf or hard of hearing, and Cook didn’t know even a letter of sign language before he boarded the flight back to the U.S. “I went from a foreign country to another foreign country,” he recalls. The Bison were just as perplexed by their towering, impatient new coach. Cook’s last few teams were championship winners, while Gallaudet was struggling in every single game—the team had compiled an abysmal 3–22 record the season before he was hired. “We were trying to get on the same page as him, and he was frustrated,” Gallaudet center Nukeitra Hayes says through an interpreter. But this year, the Bison have staged a dramatic turnaround. Led by two talented seniors, Hayes and forward Easter Faafiti, they’ve finished the regular season with a 23–2 record. They were the top seed in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) tournament—and its only nonhearing team. Their success has been nothing short of amazing, especially considering that the players must keep looking at one another to communicate, which means taking their eyes off the ball.

At the team’s final regular-season game last month, cheerleaders waved their pom-poms in silence. The crowd encouraged the team not by shouting but by stomping their feet to send vibrations through the wooden floor. On court, Gallaudet’s women looked like the other college players, with their tattoos and swinging ponytails, except they communicated silently, relying on the tiniest and briefest of head nods, hand motions, and—since many of them can lip-read—mouth movements. Cook strode along the sidelines, gesturing in sign language. He was shadowed by an interpreter he uses for games. (Cook is at level four, out of eight, in the American Sign Language course.) The players The Bison’s success communicate did not come easy. The silently on the team’s first season with court with Cook was shaky. They nods, hand went 3–21, their low signals, and point coming when they sign language.

lost a game by 75 points. While the team’s performance improved over the hard of hearing, ended next two years, the real the regular season with an astonishing transformation began early 23–2 record. last fall, as the season began. “At one practice, I was unhappy about their work habits,” Cook recalls. “Easter told me some of the freshmen were saying, ‘Coach doesn’t understand deaf culture.’ I got really upset.” He told the team that the problem wasn’t deaf culture—it was that the players had gotten too used to losing. They needed, Cook said, to build “a winning culture.” To drive home his point, he scheduled a scrimmage between his team, which plays in the NCAA’s Division III, and the women of the University of Maryland, members of the elite Division I. Even though Gallaudet lost by 53 points, the players learned a lot from the experience. “We always remember how we played that day, and it’s lifted our level of play in general,” Hayes says. The Bison went on to win their first 20 games TEAM! •TheGO,Bison, all deaf or

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in a blizzard one night this winter, I made the ritual rounds outside: shovel, sweep, salt, sand—then, with a gentle upward stroke of the broom, lightened the snow load on a few conifers in my garden. Whoosh! Out from the tree limbs’ unseen interior burst a spray of dark-eyed juncos (Junco hyemalis), like four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. What a vivid reminder for unsettled times: At

Dark-eyed junco

“The live bird is a fellow passenger; we are making the voyage together, and there is a sympathy between us that quickly leads to knowledge,” wrote John Burroughs, the influential American naturalist. Armed with such wisdom, I didn’t buy much to outfit myself for a big life shift when I left my city career to retreat to rural solitude and live in the garden I’d known only on weekends. But I did invest in a good pair of birding binoculars, hoping to catch every possible appearance.

Eastern bluebird

some moments, it’s best to hunker down. If creatures weighing in at just under an ounce can find shelter in a storm, so can I. This is how it is between me and the birds: a constant conversation, even when they aren’t singing. Like teachers bringing class to order, or a Zen master anytime, birds always seem to be calling, “Attention! Attention!” Label them my guides or touchstones or even totems, but I openly admit to paying heed, since to do otherwise would be to forgo some of nature’s most instructive, inspiring object lessons.

Scarlet tanager

I confess to sometimes anthropomorphizing birds, like the pang I’ve felt watching certain male and female ducks on the water rhythmically bobbing their heads to get into step for mating. How easy they make choosing a partner appear! And while madly stashing the garden’s gleanings in my freezer every summer, packing it to overfilled, I cannot help but think of the Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), who picks, then buries thousands of acorns each harvest— just in case. I hear you, bird; one never knows what’s coming next.

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Birds, nature’s true survivors, can teach us how to live—and when to leave By Margaret Roach

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“Thinking of animals like people is misleading and unhelpful and offers no assistance in understanding animal behavior,” says Kevin McGowan, an ornithologist and crow expert from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. “On the other hand, thinking of people as animals with the same survival goals can provide profound insights into what we do.” Even with McGowan’s admonition, my takeaways fall far short of pure science. Still, the lessons I’ve cobbled together from birds’ behaviors have helped inform and inspire my own doings. Lessons like these: 1. Sometimes you need to move on. Birds, masters of the air and breath, apt readers of the weather, know when to migrate and when to stay put. Few decisions in any life are clear, all pro or all con, and I am reminded of this by so-called partial migrants, like Eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis), who can choose to stay put in winter—ensuring first dibs on a spring nesting site or territory—or can move farther south and have an easier few months. You can’t have it both ways. Published last month, Roach’s memoir traces her midlife move from big-city bustle to rural quiet. Indigo bunting

2. Stand on your own two feet. Birds are one of the few animals besides humans that are not fourlegged. Watching them perch or hop on their tiny legs always makes me think about maintaining my balance and resolve. 3. Be ready with a plan B. It’s not only on a stormy night that birds act with resourcefulness. If the seedbearing trees and shrubs of Canada’s boreal forests don’t produce a sufficient crop, millions of “winter finches,” who don’t normally migrate, rise up and do so, over vast distances. 4. Finally, believe in magic, in pure wonder and the simple spectacle: the supersaturated color of a male indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea) or a scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea); the tiny iridescent hovercraft that is the spring’s first hummingbird, arriving to sip from

the bleeding heart out front; and the swelling of so many songs as the season comes on full. And even in the footprints in the snow the morning after my botched mission with the broom. Yes, chains of arrowesque tracks—the kind Burroughs called the “stitching upon the coverlet,” an ephemeral embroidery and to my eye the best part of going out into the frosted landscape. But where do all those arrows point? Some-

Margaret Roach, author of the new memoir And I Shall Have Some Peace There, also blogs at A Way to Garden. Bring birds into your home! Listen to their calls and read more about them at Parade.com/flyinglessons

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