| By Charlotte Williams
The seventh book by Jeff Kinney in the bestselling Wimpy Kid series will be called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, and will have a chocolate brown cover.
The title will be published on 14th November, with Puffin reporting UK sales of the series so far as close to four million copies.
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Edmund de Waal’s Costa-winning memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes (Vintage) has won the adult category of this year’s Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2011, beating competiton from authors including David Mitchell and Helen Dunmore.
Puffin author Eoin Colfer won the children’s category for the second time for Artemis Fowl and the Atlantic Complex, having won for Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox in 2009.
Meryl Halls, Booksellers Association head of membership services, said: “We offer our congratulations to Edmund de Waal and Eoin Colfer, who both enjoy huge support from independents.”
By Katie Allen
Puffin is to release an initial print run of half a million copies of the new Wimpy Kid title, Cabin Fever, published on 16th November.
The print run is the largest in the history of the children’s publisher, and will be Penguin’s largest initial UK print run this autumn, exceeded only by Jamie Oliver.
“I am very excited to be pressing the button on this unprecedented initial print run,” said Penguin Children’s Books m.d. Francesca Dow. “The publication of Cabin Fever in November will be unmissable and will amount to a spectacular autumn for Puffin and for the Wimpy Kid series.”
James, Aunts Spiker and Sponge, as well as the Centipede, Ladybird and Earthworm will be celebrated this spring as Puffin publishes a 50th anniversary edition of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, and launches a mission to move the peach around the world.
The full-colour, large format, paperback picturebook will be illustrated by Quentin Blake, who will also illustrate the new 50th anniversary logo which will appear on both the book and the standard black-and-white paperback edition.
Elv Moody, director for Classic Puffin, said: “We are thrilled to be publishing this stunning 50th anniversary edition of James and the Giant Peach. The large format and colour illustrations make it a perfect gift, and extend its appeal to younger readers.”