Written by Julie Vegas on Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Perhaps in a real-life duel, Harry Potter would best Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley, but in a literary battle, Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid has upset J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter as the best children’s book of the decade.

The top 10 bestselling books of the past 10 years for the ages of 5-to-11, which included the two aforementioned books in addition to books by Jacqueline Wilson, Francesca Simon, John Grisham and Charlie Higson were all put into the Blue Peter online poll. More than 15,000 children decided with their mouse-clicks to go with The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Jeff Kinney’s reaction? “When I saw the terrific books on the Blue Peter shortlist, I thought mine didn’t stand a chance,” he admitted. “I’m so grateful to all of the Wimpy Kid fans in the UK who have supported my books right from the beginning. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of them over the past year and I can’t wait to come back to say ‘thank you’ for this great honour in person.”

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