Diary of a Wimpy Kid (also known as Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal or Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons) is a realistic fiction novel written by American author Jeff Kinney. It is the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, being released on April 1, 2007. The series has stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for children's books for 41 weeks as of November 1, 2009. A movie of the same name, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (film), is stated for a 2010 release. It stars Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley.