If you don’t recognize the name, then you probably recognize this author’s work. He created the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series that has also been turned into a movie series. Here are some interesting facts about Kinney that will help you to enjoy the stories even more.
1. Writing Wasn’t His Thing
As with most writers, Kinney didn’t hit it big right away. He wasn’t even studying to follow a writing career early on in life. He was actually trying to become a Federal corrections officer. That’s right. Jeff Kinney wanted to work in prisons. Since schools sometimes seem like prisons, the education he received likely paid off anyway.
2. It’s a Family Affair
Many people were introduced to the Wimpy Kid series because of the movies. Jeff’s brother Scott was actually involved in the production of the first movie. He wrote one of the songs that appears on the film’s soundtrack and it’s just as catchy as the story.
3. A Nintendo Kid
Kinney loved one particular game over any other while growing up: Mario Kart. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that there are turtles in the game. Kinney’s first every drawing that he considered to be “acceptable” happened at the age of 3 and the subject of the artwork happened to be a turtle. Coincidence? Maybe… or maybe not.
4. A Tasty Sandwich
Kinney has several favorite foods. Sometimes a few on his list might change. What doesn’t change, however, is his favorite sandwich. Jeff Kinney loves a really good peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Whether he likes the crunchy kind of peanut butter or the smooth type we’ll leave to the imagination.
5. Not a Musician
Sometimes Kinney says that he likes to play the piano. He isn’t very good at it and self-describes his talent as “poor,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t give it a try every now and then. Just don’t expect a recording contract in the near future. He’ll leave that to his brother Scott.
Jeff Kinney created an iconic novel in cartoons that has become a bestselling piece of literature. If you haven’t picked up one of the books in the Wimpy Kid series, then you’re missing out on something special.