Wimpy author in Sheffield school visit

Pupils at Hucklow Primary School had a special visitor, Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid who held a special assembly for the children. Hosting the assembly was Alistair Watson who entertained the youngsters with a special game of 'Wimpy Kid' bingo
Pupils at Hucklow Primary School had a special visitor, Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid who held a special assembly for the children. Hosting the assembly was Alistair Watson who entertained the youngsters with a special game of 'Wimpy Kid' bingo
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One of the world’s top children’s authors called in at a Sheffield primary school – which won the visit ahead of 1,700 jealous rivals.

Jeff Kinney, author of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, visited Hucklow Primary at Firth Park as part of a European-wide promotional tour.

Hucklow was chosen at random after teaching assistant Ben Dinnigan put the school’s name forward to Penguin Books.

The American writer, who has sold 75 million copies of his books, talked for 45 minutes, describing how the Wimpy Kid stories were originally aimed at adults.

Mr Dinnigan said: “The kids were thrilled and many brought their own books along for Jeff to sign. The visit will inspire a lot of further activities.”

Head of school Sarah Bywater said: “It created a real buzz. We keep seeing children walking around with their noses in books.”