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Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Until the 6th grade, I did everything in my power to refuse a book. Reading a book was an activity that was left to class when the internet did not hold the summary. I would go summers, maybe even years, without picking up so much as a magazine. However, that all changed, with the publication of a book called the Diary of A Wimpy Kid, which was written by Jeff Kinney. The book had a colorful hardcover with pages within that had unnecessary information that, nonetheless, made me and my friends laugh. Much of the reason why this book became an overnight sensation to my friends and me, was due to its unique illustration style. A style of illustration that was much like the stick figure drawings you would see on the back of a minivan. They incorporated a tiny bit more detail in each of the pictures, to allow the reader to be full envision what was being played out within the book. An example of this could be seen with the central characters figure, a skinny and lengthy figure that was accompanied by stylized hair and dark eyes, which enhanced his appearance in a comical way. Although it has been years since the books were initially published, I believe the entire Diary of A Wimpy Kid series, as well as Jeff Kinney himself, deserve more credit for his unique approach to illustrations.

2 Comments

  1. sgaytan wrote:

    I LOVED these books!! Diary of A Wimpy Kid was a sensation. The design of the book was mesmerizing, a soft-foam book cover with a gloss black outlining that rose up JUST a notch from the cover. I always thought these books didn’t ruin my childhood love for reading because the illustrations were nothing special, but it resonates will children across the country. Children were not intimidated from the simple illustrations. The bright yellow, blue, and red covers contrasted the boring texts that I was forced to read and endure in grade school. The design really went a long for every child, and without a doubt an unforgettable design.

    Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  2. ccollett wrote:

    I also adored these books when I was a kid, and as a designer now I can go back and see all the choices the writers and illustrators made in planning the layout of the pages to make them perfectly easy to follow and sometimes interactive.

    Monday, April 15, 2019 at 10:23 am | Permalink