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The UK’s children’s television program Blue Peter has named Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Children’s Book of the Decade, and the only people who can be blamed are the readers who voted.

In fairness, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is quite popular in the United States and United Kingdom. The Guardian reports on Wimpy Kid author’s Jeff Kinney win and reaction:

The 10 bestselling fiction books of the last 10 years for five-to-11 year olds, including Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and books by Anthony Horowitz, Jacqueline Wilson, Francesca Simon, John Grisham and Charlie Higson, were all in the running to be crowned Blue Peter’s best children’s book of the decade. But children, voting online, went for Kinney’s illustrated diary about the life of bullied computer game obsessive Greg, as he struggles to survive school, siblings, girls and friends.

Blue Peter editor Tim Levell admitted that Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s triumph was a “bit of a shock”: Rowling usually tops every children’s book poll going. “The accident-prone American upstart has snatched a bit of the boy wizard’s magic,” he said. More than 15,000 children voted in the poll, which only included the top-selling book per individual author.

Kinney himself said he was “honestly stunned” to win the prize. “When I saw the terrific books on the Blue Peter shortlist, I thought mine didn’t stand a chance,” he admitted. “I’m so grateful to all of the Wimpy Kid fans in the UK who have supported my books right from the beginning. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of them over the past year and I can’t wait to come back to say ‘thank you’ for this great honour in person.”

Though most of our readers would probably agree that Harry Potter is the best children’s book of the decade (wait.. is it a kids book? That’s for another day.), the readers who voted probably read Diary of a Wimpy Kid – one of the many books in the series – more recently.

  • Gary65

    Snort lol

  • Hermione Granger

    Maybe cause it was Order of the Phoenix that it was against? It’s my personal favorite but it’s not exactly a “children’s” book… of course that would be the first HP book that would qualify as being in the last decade cause GoF came out in 2000.

    • SH

      OOTP is my favorite too. Even though it seems to be the least popular. I even like the movie alot and that film also gets a lot of criticism.

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  • Tom

    When I first saw this poll it seemed ever so slightly biased to me, firstly because they chose Order of the Phoenix, often considered the weakest book of the series, and secondly because on the voting page they showed the new version of the OotP cover, which is unrecognisable to most people.

    Anyway, like you say Andrew, a lot of the kids watching Blue Peter will have read Wimpy Kid quite recently, and I believe there was a new film out quite recently. I know my 7 year old cousin loves it at the moment. And then there’s the fact that online polls are usually awful at actually measuring general consensus and opinion. Results can easily be skewed.

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  • Hpcrazylady98

    my faith in humanity is officially gone. i think im gonna puke 

  • Caroline

    Yeah, ask a bunch of six-year-olds if they would prefer a picture book or an 870-page, picture-less novel. OotP was not an age-appropriate choice to go against DoaWK.

  • tf

    The age range was for 5 through 11 year olds. OotP falls a little out that range, I’d say.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJMRJNEAQI7BQBXDGOJNKZTHTM Alyssa

    Also, it was children voting, and many of them have probably grown up with the DoaWK series like the people in my generation grew up with Harry Potter.  My brother is 11, and he likes Harry Potter, but he missed a lot of the hype. We did, however, need to drive him to Barnes and Noble the day the second DoaWK book came out so he could get it the first day.

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  • Dreamer

    5-11 year olds voting for best children’s book. What do you think they’d pick? HP5, 700+ pages of teen angst and complicated plot or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 200 (ish) pages (with pictures) about what I assume is a average/wimpy middle schooler. I personally read HP5 in 4th grade and I never read DoaWK but I think the average 5-11 year old would vote for Wimpy Kid.

  • SH

    I took my daughter to see the movie DOAWK. We come out of the theater and she promptly states “the book was better”. She was nine. LOL

  • Lily

    Not terribly astonishing, considering that Order of the Phoenix was picked – not exactly your 6-11 year old book material. If Philosopher’s Stone was nominated, the results may have been a bit different. 

  • Julia Spillane

    diary of a wimpy kid isn’t even a book…its a diary…Harry Potter has a plot. not that a bunch of 5-11 year olds care….

    • WillowBlood

      I was around 7-9 when I read the books–I cared.

    • Sonia

      Actually, it does have a plot. It might not be as complex as Harry Potter’s, but it still has a problem and a climax and a solution to a problem, just like most books do.

  • WillowBlood

    This is ridiculous, but understandable. While I know many 5-11-year-olds prefer Harry Potter (myself formerly among them)… OOTP wasn’t the best choice even though it was one of my favorites. If they had chosen SS it would’ve had a better chance.

  • Alohomora

    People who read the Harry Potter books at the time of their respective releases have grown up old enough that they don’t classify as children anymore. (I’m not saying this is true for everyone, but a majority audience.)

    Sure, Harry Potter’s going to always be a classic, but things like Diary of a Wimpy Kid are at the forefront of 5-11 year olds reading lists at the moment. If you think about it logically, it seems rather obvious Harry wouldn’t win this one.

    (Though of course, I’D have voted for Potter. :D)

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  • Sonia

    Everyone is acting like Diary of a Wimpy Kid isn’t deserving. The way you’ve described it – “Kinney’s illustrated diary about the life of bullied computer game
    obsessive Greg, as he struggles to survive school, siblings, girls and
    friends” – makes it sound much lamer than it actually is. I’m a big fan of Harry Potter. But if any of you have read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you’ll know that it is a highly entertaining book to read. Yes, it has a lot of illustrations. So what? That doesn’t automatically make it not a good book. It’s NOT a ‘picture book’. I’m 16 years old, and I will quite proudly say that I have the entire series of both Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And I’ve read both numerous times.
    Yes, the age group of 5-11 may have made a difference, but my point is you shouldn’t all be acting like the world has come to an end just because Harry Potter didn’t win for once and was beaten by a children’s book with pictures in it. Harry Potter is aimed at people of all ages, but Diary of a Wimpy Kid has this age group as its target audience (even though I’m not in it). It was still a bit of a surprise, but it’s not undeserving.

  • Harry Potter Biggest 1st Fan

    Actually it’s for Kid’s and so i’m cool for Diary of a Wimpy Kid KID 

  • http://twitter.com/itwasatrickpie Lindsay

    The One Show is the new Blue Peter for the over-10′s anyway, so yah boo sucks ;-)

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