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Format:
Title:
Big Nate in a class by himself
Uniform Title:
Big Nate. Selections
ISBN:
9780061944345

9780061944352

9780061992872

9780062207739

9780062283597

9781484450482
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Harper, [2010]
Physical Description:
213 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm + 1 poster (16 x 44 cm).
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General Note:
"Interior art not final."
Summary:
Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.
Reading Level:
Ages 8-12.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades 5-8 3.1 2 Quiz 137291 English fiction, vocabulary quiz available.
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Summary

Summary

"Big Nate is funny, big time."--Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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.

Get your reader into this beloved series with Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, the perfect book for anyone who's ever been to middle school.


Author Notes

Lincoln Peirce was born in Iowa on October 23, 1963. He studied art at Colby College and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He taught art and coached baseball for three years at a New York high school. He is a cartoonist/writer and the creator of the comic strip Big Nate, which appears in more than 200 U.S. newspapers.

Lincoln's titles are fixtures on the bestseller lists. Big Nate Doodlepalooza and Big Nate: I Can't Take It! made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013. Big Nate in the Zone and Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2014. His title, Big Nate's Greatest Hits, Big Nate Lives It Up and Big Nate - Say Good-Bye to Dork City made the list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-When sixth-grader Nate opens a fortune cookie that predicts he will surpass all others, he proceeds to ensure that he gets detention from every single teacher in his school, all in a single day. This funny story about an overconfident kid is packed full of illustrations, giving it the feel of an old-style comic strip. Audio version available from audible.com. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

Sixth grader Big Nate is convinced that he is destined for greatness. Even the fortune in his cookie points to it: "Today you will surpass all others." But how will he do it? Will he be the first person ever to make the grumpy science teacher laugh? Write the love poem that will get the attention of the elusive Jenny? Or set a world record for eating slimy green beans? Well, if you know Nate from his syndicated cartoon strip, you will know that the only greatness Nate is destined for is getting into trouble with adults. Setting the story in school, with just a mention of Nate's perfect older sister Ellen, Peirce gets the tone of this first-person narrative just right. Nate's voice, sarcastic and optimistic at the same time, captures this goofy, awkward time. Many laugh-out-loud moments, including Nate's list of nicknames for Mrs. Godfrey, will keep the pages turning. There is so much to like here-illustrations or cartoon panels on every page, fast-paced trouble for our hero, and hilarious commentary on the day-to-day monotony of school. The millions of Wimpy Kid fans will be thrilled to find another cartoon buddy to read about and will not be disappointed with this good-hearted king of detention. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

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 anythinglike making grumpy Mr. Gavin laugh or breaking the speed-eating world record by snarfing down a mountain of slimy green beanshe 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) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Unabashedly capitalizing on the Wimpy Kid wave (with a Jeff Kinney blurb-recommendation splashed across the cover), Peirce's book, for a slightly younger audience, uses a mix of prose and cartoons to tell a quick story about a day in the life of an extroverted, impish kid. Peirce does have comics cred on his side: his hero, Nate, has been the star of a long-running daily comic strip. He is the classic clever kid who hates school and whose antics land him in ever-hotter water with grumbly teachers. On this particular day, he wakes up feeling fine, sweats a bit about an upcoming test, then opens a fortune cookie at school that reads, Today you will surpass all others. So, he dutifully goes about trying to best other kids at everything but seems to only have a knack for racking up detention slips. The cartoons provide plenty of gags at the expense of various adults and classmates, and Nate's persistent good cheer and moxie make him a likable new proxy for young misfits.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist