What? Already finished the “Wimpy Kid” series?

Another Maine author.  It’s a great state, what can I say?  Lincoln Pierce is a cartoonist/author whose comic strip (about–who else?– Big Nate) appears in over 200 US newspapers.   Once your kid spots Big Nate In a Class By Himself on the bookstore or library shelf, you won’t be able to talk him/her out of it.  And why would you? Matter of fact, I challenge you to put it down once you read page one.  Go ahead, try.  Read a sample.

Nate’s a great character, perhaps not one you want your kid to emulate, but definitely someone you’ll remember from your own middle school days. Nate, who tells his story through simple prose and comics, is a sixth grader imprisoned by middle school.  Pierce has the voice of a middle school boy down pat.  “I think we can all agree that substitute teachers are almost always better than real teachers,” Nate pontificates.  “And by ‘better’ I mean ‘more clueless.'”  When describing his dad, Nate notes he’s okay, not as psycho as some he’s seen at Little League games.  But Dad, like many a substitute teacher, is clueless.  “Dad Fact:  Dad handed out rice cakes for Halloween one year.  That was also the year our house get egged.  Connect the dots, Dad.”) Nate is sure he’s destined for better things than middle school is preparing him for.  He read it in a fortune cookie.

Saying more about the book would be overkill.  It’s a quick, hysterical read accessible to kids younger than sixth grade (I’d say third), and there are more Nate books on the horizon.  Also, Pierce, being an artist at heart, maintains a fun, interactive website.  Check it out!  http://www.bignatebooks.com/books


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julie Otte
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 07:46:55

    I just bought Big Nate last night for my 10 year old boy reader. He told me I was the best! He started reading it immediately and took it to school this morning!


  2. Linda Van Deusen
    Sep 08, 2010 @ 13:20:44

    My 10 year old just finished reading this book (twice!). First book he finished all summer. Thanks for the great ideas!


  3. Queen of Ambiguity
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 19:46:50

    This sounds awesome. I have two boys, 9 and 12, who loved the Wimpy Kid series (and one of them is named Nate, coincidentally!). We’ll definitely be checking this out.


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