BOOKS ABOUT TO BECOME MOVIES
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS by Jeff Kinney
Status: Set for Australian release on September 20, 2012
Who's involved: Original stars Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, and overwhelmed parents Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris.
Why you should read the book first: In the previous two Wimpy Kid movies, young cast members like Gordon, Bostick and Capron have done a commendable job of breathing life into Kinney’s memorable characters, who are little more than stick figures on a page. That’s why it might be best to thumb through Dog Days before diving into the third Wimpy Kid movie. Kinney’s knack for writing in the first-person narrative creates so many quick-witted jokes on the diary pages of lead character Greg Heffley. And with the action leaving the comfort of Greg’s middle school – it is summer vacation, after all – the Dog Days book will help flesh out the characters while simultaneously giving you a good feel for our hero’s sarcastic, self-deprecating sense of humour, which has helped make the Wimpy Kid series of books worldwide best-sellers.