If you’re dealing with Hurricane Sandy right now and are without power, here’s some good news to keep your bored children amused. Tomorrow, books one through six of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will be available as e-books.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the books will be trademarked as Wimp-E-Books (so clever). This comes after the series’ author Jeff Kinney put off the e-book adaptation. The series includes illustrations, and Kinney was concerned the e-book format wouldn’t do them justice, as Erin Strecker explains.
“I’ve been working very closely with Amazon and Apple and Barnes & Noble to make sure the books look right for the format,” said Kinney, who has over 75 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in print in 41 languages, in more than 44 countries. “It’s almost exactly like the hardcovers, if not exactly. We don’t want to distract from the humor of the books, which are very reliant on timing. If we ever do something supplemental, it will have to be something special.
A new seventh book in the series will be released November 13 in both hardcover and digital formats.
Imagine re-reading your favorite childhood novel as an adult but doing so in picture form. For instance, imagine Harry Potter as a graphic novel 30 years from now (Wait, actually that’s an amazing idea and someone with talent should start sketching NOW). That’s what illustrator Hope Larson did with her favorite novel growing up, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time.
According to Huffington Post, Larson had given up illustration altogether; that is, until she was approached to illustrate her favorite novel as a child and turn it into a graphic novel. That’s exactly what she did. L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time is now available as a roughly 400-page graphic novel.
Larson told Huffington Post she had some concerns about putting the novel together.
What if I couldn’t do the book justice? What about the people-the people on the Internet-who throw up their hands and moan about their ruined childhoods whenever anyone adapts anything? Neither of those thoughts was as frightening as the possibility that someone else, someone who didn’t love the book as much as I did, would take the job and make a mess of things. I agreed to do it.
Personally, I think it’s kind of a great idea. What books/classics would you like to see turned into graphic novels — besides my already awesome Harry Potter suggestion?
Get A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel in hardcover for just $11.10.
If you’re a fan of the TV show Mad Men and are going through withdrawal, here’s the perfect thing to get you through until the new episodes begin: Mad Men: The Illustrated World. It’s a TV tie-in, a book component to go along with the fabulous 1960’s ad world of Don Draper. Included are kitschy styling tips, recipes for the perfect cocktail, and chapters on the home and office. It’s the only official tie-in to the show, and brings the life of Don, his co-workers, women, and children to the page in a funny, bright way.
Get Mad Men: The Illustrated World for just $9.