Recently my son, AKA Gauge, AKA Kid Friendly of the KidFriendlyTV YouTube channel, hit the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Atlanta premiere to interview celebrities. Technically, it was a “Read Carpet” to promote NBA Atlanta Hawks player Dwight Howard’s D12 Foundation which launched its summer initiative at the event. Along with Dwight Howard, the Read Carpet saw book author Jeff Kinney, lead actor Jason Drucker (Greg Heffley), Charlie Wright (Roderick Heffley) and Dylan and Wyatt Walters (Manny Heffley).
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Atlanta premiere was especially exciting for Gauge since this was his first novel ever. As a homeschool mom, I find it hard to get him to read, but this series stands out and he absolutely loved it. It’s relatable and easy to read and I think that’s important. He was super happy to meet the cast and even get his book signed.
About the D12 Foundation
The D12 Foundation is focused on facilitating positive change in the lives of American youth – as well as girls in East Africa – through strategic programmatic and funding partners. Guided by D12 Foundation founder and president, Dwight Howard, we seek to strategically and effectively help close critical community “gaps” by making best use of our unique position and talents, and partnering with individuals and organizations who share our vision in three key areas of focus.” – D12 Foundation
The summer initiative is a reading challenge which encourages kids to “read for the long haul” and read as many books as they can at their local library to the end of winning a seat at an Atlanta Hawks game.
You can read your way to seeing an NBA game and not only will you see a Hawks game but it will help you in life. A lot of knowledge is in books and you should read.” – Dwight Howard
Want the whole collection? Or missing a few books? Check out Jeff’s Amazon Page for all your Wimpy Kid favorites.
Interviewing Jeff Kinney and the Heffley Kids
Gauge asked the Heffley kids about scenes from the film, about Atlanta and what it’s like being a kid actor. He talked to author Jeff Kinney about Atlanta and whether or not he still feels like a grown up wimpy kid. And of course talked to Dwight Howard about the summer reading challenge.
Watch the KidFriendlyTV interviews here and be sure to subscribe!
Want to See the movie review? Check it out here! In theaters now!