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Nate the Great (Nate the Great #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  10,434 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!

Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 8th 2002 by Delacorte Press (first published 1972)
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May 30, 2015 Elisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate the Great is about a boy detective who takes his cases and mysteries really serious even though they are funny and goofy.

I think Nate the Great is really funny and very easy for kids to enjoy because it's silly and the art is funny. Older kids will laugh, too.

I really like that Nate is always serious when funny things happen.

My favorite quote:

"It was a good breakfast. Pancake, juice, pancakes, milk, and pancakes. I like pancakes."

I plan to read the rest of the series but I doubt it will be
Aug 11, 2016 NiteReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-picture
Cool book!
Mar 04, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Ellie really likes the audio of this book. The audio is actually of several Nate the Great stories.
Scott Rhee
Jul 28, 2013 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I loved Nate the Great as a kid, and I had nearly forgotten how wonderful these books are. They are a perfect introduction (along with the Encyclopedia Brown series) to the mystery genre for little kids. I can't recall how many of them there were in this series by Marjorie Sharmat, but I know there are many. Nate was a quiet, serious little kid who helped his friends solve mysteries. He wore a trenchcoat and a Sherlock Holmes hat and he always preferred working alone. I remember devouring these ...more
Jul 25, 2016 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My children have always raved about Nate the Great so I decided to grab one of their summer reading books to take a look at what they are talking about.
Nate the Great is a private detective who takes on a new case. His friend Annie's picture has gone missing and it is up to Nate to sleuth out what happened to it.
This is a beginning readers book and as such it is very simply written for young children. It is a wonderful introduction to the detective mystery. It is enough to keep a child's attent
Kristine Hansen
Jul 03, 2012 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, easy-reader
OK this has got to be my favorite yet on this research project. It's an book that's easy to read WITH A STRONG VOICE. Wow. Who knew you could tell a story with so few words, with only EASY words, and still make you laugh out loud. I heard Harry's voice so distinctly that I will most certainly go hunt around for anything and everything else by this author that I can find. I'm just that impressed.

Well done and very highly recommended.
The writing is lame. But given that, the story itself is actually pretty good. It captures a kid actually being a detective pretty darn well - making breaking down the problem, planning, observing. Probably would work okay as a kid's early read-to-self book. And the art was certainly good enough. But the writing style itself took too much away.
Matt Cochran
Read this book with my second and third grade students. They really enjoyed following Nate as he solves the mystery of the missing picture. It was definitely a fun read for us!
Mar 05, 2016 Camilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great teaching opportunities in this book and the series. I love a mystery. Great way to start children on solving life's mysteries!
Jul 20, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Read all by myself
Sydney Baysden
Nov 21, 2016 Sydney Baysden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elm-572
Nate the Great is the first of the children's mystery series following Nate, a child detective. This book would be an excellent way to introduce students to the world of mysteries and thrillers as it follows Nate's adventures to solve the mysteries of his friends and community. In this book, Nate is contacted by his friend Annie who is missing a picture of her dog. This book would be most appropriate for younger ages and could be used for independent reading since the book is written in short se ...more
Stephanie Nederhoff
Jan 09, 2017 Stephanie Nederhoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-declan
Cute book! My little 4 year old enjoyed this story! We're just getting into 'bigger' books! I'll have to find more Nate the Great stories.
Nicola Mansfield
Wonderful easy reader! This is the first in a large series and introduces us to the pancake-loving super sleuth. Nate has a dry sense of humour and the story is hilarious. The mystery is well played out, the solution a surprise, and clever. The art is wonderful! As most books from this era, the pages alternate with black and white drawings to two-colour illustrations. The colour theme for this book is pink and yellow which gives it a very '70s vibe. This should whet a kid's appetite for mysterie ...more
William loved this story, and I so enjoyed reading it to him. We will definitely be reading more of this series!!

Gift from Aunt Gloria - December 2016
This book is about a detective named Nate the Great he is solving a mystery for his new friend named Annie. This book is a funny book with lots of jokes in it. It is great for kids learning how to read chapter books. My favorite part is when Nate said that Annie was nice and he would like her if she wasn't a girl. I also like how Nate said that Annie friend smelled like cats and had cat hair on top of her head.
Sep 29, 2016 Kyla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Danielle Mootz
Sep 21, 2016 Danielle Mootz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
I love that my 6-year old and I can read along together.
Elijah Libert
Sep 19, 2016 Elijah Libert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like them, but they don't have the best story. They don't make any sense.
“I have found lost balloons, books, slippers, chickens. Even a lost goldfish.” He is Nate the Great, and he is a detective that works alone on his cases. How many people here like being a detective and like solving mysteries? Let’s find out what this is about?
The most recent case started when Nate the Great was eating pancakes, really good pancakes. Annie called and had lost her picture, a picture she drew of her dog, Fang. Fang was a big dog with big teeth, but a nice dog. The last time she sa
Hannah Fjeld
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Easy reader, mystery
Estimate of age level of interest: ages 5-9
Estimate of reading level: grade 2, F&P level K

Brief description: Nate the Great is a detective, and he is going to help his friend Annie find her missing picture.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: Easy readers at this level have more text on each page. In Nate the Great, most pages are at least half text
Glorya Suk
Nate the Great was put on my transitional book bookshelf in goodreads because it is a great book for children moving towards chapter books. I chose this book because it was read to a kindergarten class and they responded so well to the book. What is important about this text is that it is a mystery book, so children will automatically be hooked to find out what happens at the end or what the detective will find. Relevance and excitement are important components to have when choosing a book for y ...more
Hanna Meshach
Apr 25, 2016 Hanna Meshach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, wow
Nate the Great is an excellent book that captures the attention of young and old. The author, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, does an amazing job of engaging students in a mystery that begs the reader to make inferences on what has happened to a missing painting. This book is a suspenseful mystery that is easy for younger children to follow along with, but it also demands the attention of older students as well. This text proves to be a great resource in the classroom for a variety of different types ...more
Kelly Kline
Apr 07, 2016 Kelly Kline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. What is the book about?
The book is about Nate a young boy who is on a mission to find his friend's lost painting. Denise, Nate's friend, loves to paint yellow pictures of her dog. One day, she noticed that her favorite picture was missing. To get Nate to help solve the case, she bribed him with pancakes, Nate's favorite food. After hours of investing, Nate discovered that Denise's brother took the painting and paint over the picture with red paint causing the color to come out differently. Th
Pop Bop
Aug 05, 2016 Pop Bop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If Hemingway or Raymond Chandler Had Written Children's Books

I kept seeing references to the "Nate the Great" books being classics and decided to try this first one to get some idea of what all the fuss is about. I was blown away by how good this book, and some later Nate books I got, are.

There are some very, very good middle grade noir books that feature a middle grade Sam Spade style detective, and I like them because the tight plotting, snappy dialogue, and clean style is not only entertainin
Clinton Brown
Jul 01, 2011 Clinton Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I read in Nate the great . Nate was eating pancakes for breakfast .Then his freind Annie called and asked him if he could come over. After that Annie told Nate that she lost a picture of her dog. That is when Nate started investigating so he asked Annie where was the last place she had it. Annie hadsaid that the last place she had the picture it was by the window. Then they had went to Nate's other friend Rosamond house and tried to look for the picture but all they found were pictu ...more
Feb 16, 2013 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Nate the Great” is a children’s graphic novel by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and illustrated by Marc Simont. It tells the story of child detective Nate who is on a mission to help his friend Annie find her missing, yellow painting of her dog Fang. Annie tells Nate that only three people have seen her painting- her friend Rosamond, her dog Fang, and her brother Harry. As Nate questions and gathers evidence from the suspects, he notices that Harry has also decided to paint pictures. Nate, being keen ...more
Sep 02, 2015 joaquín rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to joaquín by: Elisa
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Shanna Gonzalez
Oct 13, 2011 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
Nate the Great is an extensive series of easy-reader mysteries. Nate, a young sleuth with a penchant for pancakes, is finishing breakfast when he receives a telephone call from a friend who has lost a picture. He walks to her house (considerately leaving a note for his mother) and uses observation and deductive reasoning to determine what happened to the picture.

Within the confines of a limited early-reader vocabulary, the writing in this series is above average. Each story unfolds with enough s
Taylor O'Connor
Nate the Great by Majorie Weinman Sharmat and illustrated by Marc Simont is a cute tale about our great hero, Nate, who is in fact, a detective. Do not let this lengthy book fool you, it is not for the older readers. The book is meant for young readers with unlimited imagination. The story is simple, but simple enough to keep your attention all the way through.
The tone of the book is extremely straightforward, and not as ominous as one might think a mystery book to be. The style includes chop
Mercedes Todd
Jun 30, 2011 Mercedes Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Nate the Great. He is a detective. This case was about Nate’s friend Annie. Annie lost a picture she painted of her dog. Early one morning after breakfast Nate received a call from his friend Annie. She told Nate about the lost picture of her dog. Nate went to Annie’s house to investigate. Annie said she put the picture on her desk to dry. When she returned the picture was gone. There were three suspects in this case. The suspects were Rosamond Annie’s friend, Fang her dog and ...more
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Marjorie Weinman Sharmat is an American children's writer. She has written more than 130 books for children and teens and her books have been translated into several languages. They have won awards including Book of the Year by the Library of Congress or have become selections by the Literary Guild.
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“Would you like some more pancakes?" Annie asked. I could tell that Annie was a smart girl. I hate to eat on the job. But I must keep up my strength.” 2 likes
“Annie has brown hair and brown eyes. And she smiles a lot. I would like Annie if I liked girls.” 2 likes
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