Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Hosts World’s Largest Read-Along July 27

You can meet THE Wimpy Kid in New Jersey!  To promote the upcoming Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days film opening August 3rd, two of the film’s stars along with author Jeff Kinney will host the World’s Largest Camping Read-Along on Friday, July 27th in Trenton, New Jersey.  The event takes place at the Mercer County Waterfront Park following the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball game.  In addition, “Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney will throw out the first pitch for the Thunder’s July 27th game, and you can bring any copy of the “Wimpy Kid” books to have signed during an in-game autograph session.  The Trenton Thunder are the AA Affiliate of the New York Yankees, and have hosted future Yankee stars such as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Robinson Cano, and David Robertson, to name a few.  Continue reading for more details from Twentieth Century Fox’s press release.

Rowley (Robert Capron, left) and Greg (Zachary Gordon) try to make sense of Fregley'™s (Grayson Russell) twisted campfire ghost story. TM and © 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

From Twentieth Century Fox Film:

Two of the stars of the upcoming motion picture “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” – the “Wimpy Kid” himself, Zachary Gordon, and Robert Capron, who portrays Rowley – will join author Jeff Kinney, who penned the phenomenally successful books upon which the film is based, and the baseball team the Trenton Thunder, to set the world record for the largest Camping Read-Along.  The event will take place on July 27, 2012, at Mercer County Waterfront Park in Trenton, NJ at 10:30pm.  In addition to making camping and reading history, the “Wimpy Kid” team will throw out the first pitch with baseball’s only “bat dogs” – Chase and Derby.

Greg (Zachary Gordon) enjoys a phone conversation with his romantic crush, as Rowley (Robert Capron) listens in. TM and © 2012 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.


“We are thrilled to bring Hollywood to New Jersey, with the appearance of author Jeff Kinney and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” stars Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron here on July 27,” stated Eric Lipsman, Senior Vice President, Trenton Thunder.  “I’m sure our fans that have read the books and seen the first two movies will be very excited to meet them in person and participate in our post-game outfield camp-out/sleepover as we attempt to set the record for the Largest Camp Read Along.”

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” is in theaters everywhere August 3, 2012.  In the film, set during summer vacation, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – which fails to keep him away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.  In addition to Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron, the film stars Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, and Steve Zahn.  It is directed by David Bowers from a screenplay by Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky, based upon the book by Jeff Kinney.  The producers are Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

More than 75 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are in print in 35 languages in more than 36 countries around the world.  Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books.  Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.  The first movie based on the books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, grossed more than $75 million worldwide in box office sales, and the second movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, was the #1 movie at the box office in its opening weekend in theaters.  The book series won Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Jeff Kinney won a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2012.  Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers in schools around the globe.  The Wimpy Kid Island, Wimpy Wonderland, on www.poptropica.com, remains one of the most visited on the site.

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