Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Big Nate Series #1)

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Big Nate Series #1)

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by Lincoln Peirce
     
 

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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

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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. 

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Nate’s persistent good cheer and moxie make him a likeable new proxy for young misfits.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Kirkus Reviews
Sixth grader Nate Wright doesn't excel in much at P.S.38. He's not as smart as his best friend Francis nor as lamely funny as his other best friend Teddy, and he's certainly not (unfortunately) successful at everything, like his annoying older sister Ellen. So when Teddy slips Nate a fortune cookie and the fortune reads "Today you will surpass all others," Nate is stoked. Just how will he surpass all others? Every time he tries anything-like making grumpy Mr. Gavin laugh or breaking the speed-eating world record by snarfing down a mountain of slimy green beans-he ends up getting detention. This really seems more like a candidate for Worst Day Ever! Peirce skillfully and often hilariously imports his comic-strip character into a full-length story. The many comic strips, some drawn by Nate on lined paper and others featuring him as a character, and copious spot illustrations move the story along to a conclusion some may see coming but all will enjoy. Perfect for fans of Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid. Thank goodness sequels are planned. Final art not seen. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-11)
Publishers Weekly
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. (Apr.)
Horn Book
"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."
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."
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Trouble starts when Big Nate gets a fortune cookie that tells him, "Today you will surpass all others." He takes it to heart and for the rest of the book tries to discover exactly in what way he will do that. As the day wears on, and as Nate gets detention slips for bad behavior in one class after another, he decides to take matters into his own hands. He tries to break the world record for eating green beans, with disastrous results. He thinks that he has finally done it when he finishes a math pop quiz before anyone else, only to find out later that he forgot to answer the questions on the back of the page. As the day ends with Nate sitting in detention, and the fortune seemingly unfulfilled, Mrs. Czerwicki, the detention monitor, asks him how many detention slips he actually has. The answer is seven, and Mrs. Czerwicki confirms that no one has ever gotten seven detention slips before. Nate is the new record holder. He has, indeed, surpassed all others. This is a funny book with a witty plot, but there are some drawbacks. The book contains many stand-alone vignettes throughout; these are comical, but many do not contribute anything to the plot. In fact, the plot does not really get going until the first third of the book is over. While some children will be entertained by all the diversions, others may find the technique distracting. In any event, this would probably be a good book for boys who may think that reading is not fun, or who are having trouble getting motivated to read. This book is derived from the "Big Nate" comic strip presents his adventures in a graphic novel. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062283597
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/10/2015
Series:
Big Nate Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
37,586
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet 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.

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.

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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Johnnyrob More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone who like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Big Nate is a very funny person with pointy hair. He gets into trouble and gets lost of detentions. I can't wait to read the next book in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book , I'm buying the other 2 and then the ones that are about t be published I reccomend this book to anyone who has already read the diary of a wimpy kid series and dork diaries or one of the two this book is so great im reading it over again its my third or fourth time re-reading it . I would reccomend it to anyone . I love this book People should buy his for their kids
98mariana More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I would certainly recomend this book to any friend of mine. I think that this book is funny, thrilling, absorbing, and many other things and many other things that make it great. There were two special things that I especialy like about this novel. The first thing is that it is kind of a mystery, but it isn't one of those books with ghosts and detectives. It's a book that can pretty much be the life of a normal teenage boy but the mystery is kinda hard to figure out right away. Another great thing about this book is that you can read it for fun. Any time that a person reads this book when they are sad, angry, or just bored, this book will entertain him/her. the books that I might like to read about this author would be I SMELL A POP QUIZ! a big nate book and BOY WITH THE BIGGEST HEAD IN THE WORLD the (Kindle edition). Well this is what I think about the book. So in conclusion, You should really read this book and find out why people like it so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! Best book i've ever read
Andres12 More than 1 year ago
Fuuny and nice book. Both boys had a good time reading and laughing through the book. In comic strip style.
funstuff More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for a greatgrandchild for Christmas. As I looked through it I think it has many lessons that will benefit him and at the same time he'll find it a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book at the suggestion of a B&N sales associate. My grandson has read and loved all the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books and so she suggested "Big Nate, In A Class by Himself". My 10 year old grandson loved it and all his friends are signing up to borrow it from him. I'm definitely going to look for more Big Nate books to buy for him.
michellepGA More than 1 year ago
My son bought this for a friend as a birthday gift then bought it for himself. He enjoyed this easy read, finishd it in a day and passed it on to a friend who then passed it on to another friend. It is now happily being read by a fourth friend with another waiting for it.
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
Big Nate gets a fortune cookie that says “He will surpass all others”.  Nate thinks that it means he will do something awesome.  Every time he has an idea it gets him in trouble. Nate is a little goofy and definitely smart but seems to have bad luck. I liked and it reminded me of Captain Underpants because of the drawings. My only complaint is I felt sorry for Big Nate.   Some of the teachers could have gone easier. Big Nate is good for ages 6 and up. It is like a thick chapter book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite funny Nate is totally in his own world and sure does surpass all others this would be great for diary of a wimpy kid fans
IrishManny More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter was sick and I was watching her at my house when she told me she wanted to read Big Nate that she loved the series. She started reading it at her school library. I said I was so sorry that I didn't have that book. She said "Seriously Manny....you have a Nook and I can read it on the Nook, just buy it and it's done"! Well nothing like a 9yr old knowing more about the Nook than me :-] Thanks B&N for keeping her occupied while she healed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK! TOTALLY FUNNY AND SHOULD B READ 4EVA! PLZ BUY!
bear30 More than 1 year ago
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I love the boys but they have terrible samples!
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like the diary of the wimpy kid series? u gotta buy this if u du
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This book is written by Lincoln Pierce . The main character is Nate and his friends , Teddy, and Franz . Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no mater what . He knows he’s great . A fortune cookie told him so . This book is a good read . Big Nate is really realistic. Amazing book! I really enjoyed reading it . Razan K.
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Yayo cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Omg i luv bing nate i read a 2 books every night rly