Jeff Kinney, author of the wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series delivered the 2016 edition of the prestigious Penguin Annual Lecture on 6th December.
The Penguin Annual Lecture series has featured some of the world’s most respected leaders, thinkers and writers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Ramachandra Guha and Ruskin Bond.
Jeff Kinney was introduced by illusionist and mentalist Neel Madhav, who led the audience in screaming – ZOO WEE MAMA!!!!
As Jeff Kinney took the stage, the kids went crazy and almost blew the roof off the hall!
The author began his lecture by talking about his childhood and the importance of books.
He also stressed the importance of letting children read anything they wanted to read.
Despite his dream not being fulfilled, he considers his failure as the source of inspiration for writing the Wimpy Kid series.
Jeff Kinney also gave some handy tips to budding cartoonists and illustrators!
Including, what he felt was the most important rule of cartooning.
To the delight of the audience, he let out the secret behind Diary of a Wimpy Kid – his “IDEA BOOK”!
He admitted that it wasn’t easy to complete his idea book.
When talking about Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which officially began in 1998, the author also talked about Greg.
While most authors very rarely pick their favorite characters, Jeff was absolutely candid about it!
The author shared a very important message for the kids when concluding the annual lecture.
He also had an equally important message for the adults.
The Penguin Annual Lecture is designed to bring readers face-to-face with their most beloved authors and Jeff Kinney’s lecture certainly gave his fans a rare opportunity to see their favorite author in person and to interact with him! It was an amazing and uplifting experience for both the author and his fans.
Looking at just how amazing the lecture was, we can’t wait for the 2017 Penguin Annual Lecture!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, the eleventh book in the globally bestselling series published by Puffin, publishes on 1 November 2016.