Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Big Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate in a Class by Himself
By Lincoln Peirce
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, 2010
214 pages (hardcover)

Big Nate is in a class by himself!
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!
Nate keeps his cool. He knows he's destined for greatness. A fortune cookie told him so. (from

Poor Nate. Nate is a 6th grader trying to survive middle school. Some days are great, some days are complete disasters, but most are just ok. And on this day Nate’s fortune cookie tells him that he will surpass all others. As he tries to think of how he can be great and surpass his classmates, Nate learns that things don’t always work out how he wants them to.

Big Nate is told in words and drawings to explain Nate’s thoughts, feelings, and actions as he tries to figure out life. The story is told in Nate’s stream of consciousness so there are times he goes off topic, but it is never really confusing and usually his side-thoughts are told in the pictures.

Big Nate in a Class by Himself is a fun read that might just echo the thoughts of a lot of middle schoolers.

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