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Diary of a Wimpy Kid becomes 2011's best seller

24th November 2011

New figures have revealed that Jeff Kinney's latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid novel, Cabin Fever, has become the fastest-selling novel of 2011 so far.

The sixth book in the series sold 81,656 copies in its first four days, smashing Kinney's previous sales record set by his fifth book The Ugly Truth.

It is also Puffin's biggest weekly sales figure since BookScan records began in 1998, while the book's 500,000-copy initial print run is the largest in the publisher's history.

Francesca Dow, of Penguin Children's Books, said: 'We are all absolutely thrilled at Puffin with these fantastic first week figures and are thoroughly delighted that the Wimpy Kid phenomenon continues to grow.'

Only Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and Twilight novelist Stephenie Meyer have experienced stronger opening week sales figures for children's books.

Meyer's The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, which was released in June 2010, saw sales of more than 90,000 on its first day.

Kinney's novel is the second book written for children that has set a blistering first week sales pace this month, after Christopher Paolini's Inheritance sold over 76,000 copies in the days following its release on November 8th.
 

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