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'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' and other new graphic novels for kids
Jeff Kinney, creator of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, will host a 30-minute webcast at 9 a.m. Monday, April 28 where he will give a sneak peek at the new Wimpy Kid book, out Nov. 4, including the cover, its color and the title. Teachers and librarians can stream the broadcast. To register individually, kids must be 13 or older; children younger than 13 can have a parent register for them. If kids can't watch at 9 a.m., they can view the archive of the broadcast later in the day. Visit wimpykid.com for more information.
Kinney's not the only author who writes and illustrates graphic novels for middle-grade readers. "Clueless McGee Gets Famous!" (Philomel, $12.99) is the third book of Jeff Mack's comic-style series for ages 8 to 12. In this book, Clueless McGee's autographed cowboy hat has been stolen and he's determined to solve the mystery.
"Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done" (Candlewick Press, $14.99) by Stephan Pastis is the second book about the president of a world-class detective agency trying to crack the case of a missing school globe, for ages 8 to 12.