51CH5aL1yrL._SS500_Monday is going to be a happy day for a lot of kids.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the fourth book in Jeff Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” series, hits bookstores everywhere on Oct. 12. With a whopping first printing of 4 million copies, Dog Days is the largest children’s book release this year, according to a press release from Abrams, Kinney’s publisher. The press release also offered the tidbit (the first I’d heard) that a Wimpy Kid movie is in the works with an April 2 release date.

Our reviewer loved the first Wimpy Kid book, noting that “the writing is sharp, and the artwork, though deceptively simple, is both entertaining and expressive.”

In the series, Kinney writes and illustrates the diary of Greg, “a boy whose mom makes him keep a journal about his life.” Greg is picked-on at school. He’s just “trying to make it through school in one piece,” writes our reviewer.

At BookPage, we were lucky to have Kinney as our “Meet the Illustrator” columnist in Feb. 2009.

He answered and illustrated a series of questions, writing that the message he’d like to send to kids is:

Take pride in everything you do, from tonight’s homework assignment to setting the kitchen table. If you always try to do a good job, even the most unpleasant task can be rewarding.

Customers have already pre-ordered 300,000 books of Dog Days. Michael Jacobs, the publisher and CEO of Abrams, hopes to see how “Dog Days will bring people into the stores and give fans of the series an impetus to shop for and buy books and help kick off the holiday season at retail.”

Are any readers going to buy Dog Days on Monday? With fall book sales down, let's hope Kinney's latest gives children's publishing a boost.

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