Wimpy Kid #5 due out in November

I know my kids will be estatic.

Wimpy Kid fans (and parents of Wimpy Kid fans), rejoice! The latest installment of the hugely popular series by University of Maryland grad Jeff Kinney is scheduled for a November 1 release. There aren’t many details known about book number five — except that the cover will be purple.

Kinney, who was a cartoonist for the university newspaper, has based his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series on the trials of middle schooler Greg Heffley. The books also have spawned a movie, further spreading the franchise (can an amusement park be far behind?). How popular are Kinney’s books? The last one, which was published in October 2009, had an initial press run of four million copies.