Diary of a Wimpy Kid beats Harry Potter

JEFF KINNEY WINS THE BLUE PETER VOTE FOR THE ‘BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE LAST 10 YEARS FOR DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

Announced live on Blue Peter at 5.45pm yesterday on a special World Book Day edition of the programme, Jeff won the prestigious title beating J K Rowling’s boy wizard to the top spot in a special online vote.

Young voters were asked to log on to bbc.co.uk/bluepeter to choose their favourite book from a shortlist of ten iconic titles that included Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and books by former Children’s Laureates Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake as well as comedian David Walliams.

A delighted Jeff says of his win:”I’m thrilled and honestly stunned that kids in the UK voted Diary of a Wimpy Kid as the best children’s book of the past ten years. When I saw the terrific books on the Blue Peter shortlist, I thought mine didn’t stand a chance. I’m so grateful to all of the Wimpy Kid fans in the UK who have supported my books right from the beginning. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of my readers in the UK over the past year and I can’t wait to come back to say ‘thank you’ for this great honor in person!”

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