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Big Nate in a Class by Himself
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Big Nate in a Class by Himself
Big Nate Series, Book 1

Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon!

"Big Nate is funny, big time."—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Get ready to meet Big Nate! In the first novel in the New York Times bestselling series, Big Nate is in a class by himself!

Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things. But things don't always go your way just because you're awesome. Nate barely survives his dad's toxic oatmeal before rushing off to school—minus his lunch. He body slams the no-nonsense principal. He accidentally insults his least favorite teacher, the horrifying Mrs. Godfrey (aka Godzilla). And school has barely started!

Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool. He knows he's destined for greatness. A fortune cookie told him so.

Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher's pet.

Get your reader into this beloved series with Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, the perfect book for anyone who's ever been to middle school.

Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon!

"Big Nate is funny, big time."—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Get ready to meet Big Nate! In the first novel in the New York Times bestselling series, Big Nate is in a class by himself!

Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things. But things don't always go your way just because you're awesome. Nate barely survives his dad's toxic oatmeal before rushing off to school—minus his lunch. He body slams the no-nonsense principal. He accidentally insults his least favorite teacher, the horrifying Mrs. Godfrey (aka Godzilla). And school has barely started!

Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool. He knows he's destined for greatness. A fortune cookie told him so.

Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher's pet.

Get your reader into this beloved series with Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, the perfect book for anyone who's ever been to middle school.

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    3.1
  • Lexile:
    500
  • Interest Level:
    MG
  • Text Difficulty:
    K - 2

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About the Author-
  • Lincoln Peirce (pronounced "purse") is a cartoonist/writer and New York Times bestselling author of the hilarious Big Nate book series (www.bignatebooks.com), now published in twenty-five countries worldwide and available as ebooks and audiobooks and as an app, Big Nate: Comix by U! He is also the creator of the comic strip Big Nate. It appears in over three hundred U.S. newspapers and online daily at www.gocomics.com/bignate. Lincoln's boyhood idol was Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame, but his main inspiration for Big Nate has always been his own experience as a sixth grader. Just like Nate, Lincoln loves comics, ice hockey, and Cheez Doodles (and dislikes cats, figure skating, and egg salad). His Big Nate books have been featured on Good Morning America and in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post. He has also written for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Lincoln lives with his wife and two children in Portland, Maine.

Reviews-
  • DOGO Books howard_c - Nate Wright, also known as Big Nate, expected today to be an ordinary day like before. His friends Francis and Teddy are the main issue that is getting Nate into trouble. There are a lot of problems in this book such as Artur, detentions, and the fortune cookie. I think that this book is super funny and I really liked it. My favorite part of the book is when Nate is excited about the fortune in the fortune cookie he got. My favorite character is Teddy. I like Teddy because he always makes fun of Nate and tell funny jokes. I recommend this book to people who likes little comic strips in books.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 12, 2010
    Star of a long-running comic strip, sixth-grader Nate Wright makes the leap to a cartoon-laden chapter book in the smart alecky vein of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    . Nate (who’s “not exactly Joe Honor Roll”) dissects the horrors of middle school, from vindictive teachers to the popular girls’ lunch table, aka Fort Knox (“You can try to get in, but you have no chance”). The wisp of a plot revolves around a fortune cookie that predicts, “Today you will surpass all others,” launching Nate into actions that indeed cause him to surpass all others with seven detentions. (His ill-conceived plans include speed-eating 148 servings of cafeteria green beans.) The book’s appeal lies in Nate’s wickedly astute observations and the savvy integration of cartoons with text. Angry teachers’ speech bubbles drip with icicles, and sidebars house humorous asides: “When a teacher completely snaps and starts screaming, it’s called a Full Godfrey. (When Mrs. Godfrey does it, it’s called Monday).” Though Nate may not achieve the fame he seeks with his classmates, this sharp-witted and unflappable protagonist just might find it with readers. Ages 8–12.

  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2010
    Gr 4-6-Nate is a sixth grader who has a problem with organization. Everything is going wrong, and he's piling up detention after detention. Things start to improve when he gets a fortune cookie with a message stating that he will "surpass all others," giving him a purpose for the day and leading to humorous incidents such as when he tries to beat a speed record for eating green beans, and when he tickles his science teacher with a feather duster. This fully developed protagonist debuted in a comic strip; this is Peirce's first book about him, and it is a successful, laugh-out-loud venture. Readers meet a variety of characters, each with a unique personality or trait. Peirce's black-and-white ink illustrations, whether they are comics Nate has drawn or other funny images, help to develop the story. "Big Nate" will fill in gaps in collections that are looking for books for reluctant readers, and for Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) read-alikes."Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL"

    Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Horn Book (starred review) "Many laugh-out-loud moments...There is so much to like here...The millions of Wimpy Kid fans will be thrilled to find another cartoon buddy to read about, this good-hearted king of detention."
  • Publishers Weekly "Though Nate may not achieve the fame he seeks with his classmates, this sharp-witted and unflappable protagonist just might find it with readers."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Thank goodness sequels are planned!"
  • School Library Journal "Laugh-out-loud!"
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or of Nate himself will savor P.S. 38's most beleaguered hero. What carries the day are the zany illustrations and unflagging enthusiasm of Nate himself."
  • The Horn Book (starred review) Praise for BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN: "The millions of Wimpy Kid fans will be thrilled to find another cartoon buddy to read about, this good-hearted king of detention."
  • Kirkus Reviews Praise for BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN: "Fans will be in heaven; thank goodness number three is already on the way."
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise for BIG NATE ON A ROLL: "[T]he slickest of this series...On a roll indeed!"
  • The Horn Book Praise for BIG NATE ON A ROLL: "Nate is often compared to Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid and will appeal to the same audience, he bears more resemblance to the tricksters of folklore...the interplay between text and pictures remains fresh, as does the distinction between Peirce's cartoons and Nate's own cartoons."
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