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.