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Big Nate from the Top
Written and Illustrated by Lincoln Peirce
Details: Black and white comic reads left to right. Paperback ISBN 9781449402327
Summary (from back of book) Big Nate, a.k.a. middle schooler Nate Wright, is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the wunderkind creation of cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. Nate is also the star of six novelized books to be published by HarperCollins, the first of which debuted on the New York Times children's best-seller list. This Big Nate Collection collects Peirce's Big Nate strips, originally published only in newspapers.
For those not familiar with Big Nate, think Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Calvin and Hobbes. Nate is a self-described genius and a sixth-grade Renaissance man equipped with only a #2 pencil and the unshakable belief that he is destined for greatness (a fortune cookie told him so). He fights a daily battle against overzealous teachers, undercooked cafeteria food, and all-around conventionality. He's the original rebel without a clue, alternately abrasive and endearing to classmates and teachers alike. Throughout Peirce's Big Nate Collection, Nate blazes an unforgettable trail through the sixth grade at P.S. 38, earning straight A’s in laughs (and numerous detentions) along the way.
Review: If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you’ll love the Big Nate books; the format is exactly the same, except this one is a collection of the Big Nate comic strips, and not written in chapters like the others. The illustrations provide just as much humour as the text, in the details of facial expressions and body language; both work together to enhance our understanding of the hilarious daily situations Nate finds himself in.
I love how confident Nate is, even though he has so many “unlucky days”. I think he’s much more loveable than Greg Heffly from Diary of a Wimpy Kid (which I also like). Nate is good-hearted even when he’s getting into trouble at school or at home, and there’s a real sense of hope in his attitude. Somehow you just know he’s going to be okay, no matter what disaster strikes. I actually laughed out loud – more than once.
Other Big Nate Titles:
In a Class by Himself hardcover ISBN 9780061944369
Big Nate Strikes Again paperback ISBN 978-0007355174 Hardcover ISBN 9780061944369
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