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Big Nate in a class by himself

on July 7, 2013

JF Peirce    •    AR Reading Level: 3.1    •    AR Points: 2.0    •    Quiz #137291

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Nate Write is in the sixth grade.  He believes he is destined for greatness.  When he gets a fortune cookie that says he will “…surpass all others…” he believes it to be fate.  He is determined to make his fortune come true.  He is determined to make today the day that he “surpasses all others”.  But what can he do better than anyone else?  For Nate, each class is a new opportunity to find his fate.  To bad his teachers don’t see it quite the same way…

Nate Write is narcissistic and delusional.  He believes himself to be destined for greatness based on nothing except his unwavering belief that he is better than other people.  He acts as if he is entitled to fame and fortune, like he expects to attain fame and fortune without hard work.  Meanwhile he ridicules students who actually try hard in school and are rewarded with academic success.  Worse yet, he bullies his friends and hits them with books.  Nate Write is not a sympathetic character.  However, he is hilarious.  Even if you do not much like Nate, you will somehow route for him to find his greatness, and you will laugh out loud every time he fails.

Nate’s story is told in a graphic hybrid format.  It is told through a very successful fusion of text and comic-book style cartoons.  Big Nate is very reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which is also told in the graphic hybrid format.  If you have enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid, than you will very likely also enjoy Big Nate.  It is an excellent choice for readers who love graphic novels, or for those looking for a genuinely funny book.

Genre: Humor  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

Peirce, L. (2010). Big Nate: in a class by himself. New York, NY: Harper.

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