Nate the Great Goes Undercover (Nate the Great Series)

Nate the Great Goes Undercover (Nate the Great Series)

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Nate the Great Goes Undercover (Nate the Great Series) by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Marc Simont

Nate the Great has his first night case! "Detective work is not fun and games," Nate explains. "Detective work is dirty garbage cans instead of clean beds. Detective work is banana peels, dishrags, milk cartons, floor sweepings, cigar ashes, fleas, and me..."

It's a tough case. Somebody is raiding Oliver's garbage can each night, but who? The list of suspects is long—Rosamond and Esmeralda, the girls down the street; Rosamond's cats; and all the shrews, moles skunks, birds, and racoons in the neighborhood. Nate courageousely encounters a skunk (nose first) and a telephone pole (head on), but not until he goes under cover of the garbage-can lid does he narrow the suspects down to one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606025638
Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/1995
Series: Nate the Great Series
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

MARJORIE WEINMAN SHARMAT has written more than 130 books for children and young adults, as well as movie and TV novelizations. Her books have been translated into twenty-four languages. The award-winning Nate the Great series, hailed in Booklist as “groundbreaking,” has resulted in Nate’s real-world appearances in many New York Times crossword puzzles, sporting a milk mustache in magazines and posters, residing on more than 28 million boxes of Cheerios, and touring the country in musical theater. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and her husband, Mitchell Sharmat, have also coauthored many books, including titles in both the Nate the Great and the Olivia Sharp series. 

MARC SIMONT won the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Uldry, as well as a Caldecott Honor for his own book, The Stray Dog. He illustrated the first twenty books in the Nate the Great series. 

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Nate the Great Goes Undercover 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
pamlloyd More than 1 year ago
I've already done a review on the first book but let me say again that Nate has my grand daughter reading and it is a good read and reading always enriches the soul. Very age appropriate and loads of fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 5 stars because I read most of the Nate The Great books. I recommend it to you because it is just wonderful.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Nate the Great Tracks the Garbage Thief When I was the appropriate age for picture books, the only Nate the Great book we knew about the original. I guess the library didn’t have the others in the series. However, we discovered the rest with my younger brother, seven years later. Nate the Great Goes Undercover is actually the second book. Like most picture books, it usually doesn’t matter, except in this case, we meet two characters who appear in the rest of the series in this book. Nate is a young detective, and he’s earned quite a reputation in his neighborhood for his good work solving their mysteries. He also loves pancakes, and he’s recently adopted a stray dog, Sludge, after finding the dog in a field eating a pancake. It’s a perfect match! On the morning that our story starts, Nate is taking Sludge for a walk when Oliver, Nate’s next door neighbor, approaches them. Someone is breaking into Oliver’s garbage cans every night and making a mess, and Oliver wants Nate to solve the case. Nate’s excited for his first night case, but can he catch the culprit? As you can see, the case is simple. Granted, I couldn’t remember who had done it until about half way, but Nate follows a logical trail to reach the conclusion, hitting a couple of dead ends along the way. He even thinks he’s solved the case early on, but when he learns he is wrong, he goes back to work, letting nothing stand in the way of solving the case. Actually, the only character who comes back from the first book is Rosamond. (Well, there are her cats as well.) She gets a very funny scene. We meet Oliver and Sludge here, who would go on to appear in most of the rest of the cases Nate solves. And then there’s Esmeralda. As far as I remember, this is the only book she appears in, and it is easy to see why – she is too normal and therefore not as funny as the rest of the cast. She does give Nate a good clue here, however. Then there’s the humor. Nate narrates the book in a deadpan Sergeant Friday way that is lots of fun. I already mentioned that Rosamond’s scene is pretty funny, but there are some other funny situations and reactions as the book progresses. The illustrations are a bit dated since the book was released in the mid-70’s. However, I have a feeling that adults will care about this more than kids. The pictures definitely help tell the story and add to the fun. Honestly, you can read these books in any order, and kids won’t notice any continuity issues. So if you haven’t met Nate, pick up Nate the Great Goes Undercover today and enjoy.
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