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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself Hardcover – Mar 2 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (March 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061944343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061944345
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.” (Horn Book (starred review))

“Though Nate may not achieve the fame he seeks with his classmates, this sharp-witted and unflappable protagonist just might find it with readers.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Thank goodness sequels are planned!” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Laugh-out-loud!” (School Library Journal)

“Nate’s persistent good cheer and moxie make him a likeable new proxy for young misfits.” (Booklist)

“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.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

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.” (The Horn Book (starred review))

Praise for BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN: “Fans will be in heaven; thank goodness number three is already on the way.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for BIG NATE ON A ROLL: “[T]he slickest of this series...On a roll indeed!” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

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)

From the Back Cover

Big Nate is in a class by himself!

Nate knows he's meant for big things. Really big things.

But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome.

Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what. He knows he's great.
A fortune cookie told him so.

For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Here comes Big Nate, accidental mischief maker and definitely not the teacher's pet.

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By BM on Jan. 11 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My nine year old son loved this book the most - and he has read a few! He laughed out loud on too many pages to count.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
My son can't stop reading and laughing! May 10 2010
By Christie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My son loved the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and I was desperate to find another book that he enjoyed reading as much. Well, this is the book. I think he likes it better than the Wimpy Kid series. He carries it with him wherever he goes and asks to stay up and read!! I LOVE this book! To any parent who wants to help their child learn to love reading, this is a good choice. I hope there are more.....
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Funnier but ruder than Diary of a Wimpy Kid May 5 2011
By Hmph - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the first of many chapter books about a kid named Nate, his schoolmates and family, and illustrations about the shenanigans he gets himself into all the time. I got this book for my 13-year-old boy, who absolutely loved it. He's read all the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, and he was looking for something similar to read now that he's finished the series. He read "Big Nate: In a Class by Himself" pretty quickly, and told me afterwards that it was even funnier than the Wimpy Kid books. If you have a child around that age that has read and enjoyed "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and its sequels, your kid will most likely appreciate reading the Big Nate books too. The back cover says the book is appropriate for ages 8-12.

I've looked through the book myself, as well as all the Wimpy Kid books, and I would say the Big Nate book is a bit more rude. The characters say "shut up", "what the..." and other mildly offensive phrases, and Nate constantly insults his teachers and principal behind their backs. I'm not saying that all parents should refrain from buying this book because of that, but if you don't want your child reading books with that kind of humor, it's understandable. Find another book for your child. If it's not an issue for you and your child, go buy it and let the laughs begin!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4th Grader LOVES this book Oct. 26 2010
By J. Mathy - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son could not put this book down. He loved the irreverent humor, the use of comic-like panels to move the story along, and the character. First thing he asked when he finished it -- do they have other "Big Nate" books? Happily, they do!
91 of 123 people found the following review helpful
My son will not be reading this Aug. 30 2010
By PPL - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was a birthday gift for my 8 year old son but I read it over before giving it to him. I don't understand the enthusiasm for this book. Why can't a writer produce a book that engages boys without filling it with sarcasm and disrespect directed toward adults? I also wasn't too happy with some of the language (moron, stupid, shut your big fat mouth, etc.) The entire book is filled with the character ridiculing others. I could go on and on. Maybe if my son was older and I was trying desperately to get him to read something, I would settle for this. As an adult, I found some passages funny. But this book isn't meant for an adult, it is meant for a child.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Big Nate Sept. 6 2010
By T. S. Ganesh - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fantastic 10 yr old son enjoyed this book so much, he finished it in a day ! He is looking forward to the other upcoming titles in the series.