The Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise created by Jeff Kinney is one of the most successful kids book series of the century, with more than 250 million copies sold worldwide.
In recent years, Kinney has launched a spinoff series starring Greg Heffley’s buddy, Rowley Jefferson, and this series has also hit the top of the charts. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid was published in April 2019, and its follow-up, Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, followed in August 2020 — both immediately soared to the top of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, even as dogeared copies were found in the hands of countless kids around the world.
The third book in the series, Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories goes on sales next Tuesday, March 16th, and The Beat is extremely thrilled to present an EXCLUSIVE preview of an entire story from the book!
Spooky Stories, as you might guess, is a bit of a genre-inspired book, with terrifying tales as told by Rowley. It’s Kinney’s very first book of short stories, and he’ll be promoting it via a socially distanced tour of 12 bookstores, the “Rowley’s Spooky Drive-Thru Tour.” We’ll have more about that later but in the meantime, enjoy this never before seen, hilariously horrific story from the demented mind of Rowley Jefferson about a boy who experiences terrifying changes to his body….and the truth behind those changes!
Published by Abrams under their Amulet Books imprint, Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories arrives in stores and digitally next Tuesday, March 16th, 2021.