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Nate the Great (Nate the Great #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,697 Ratings  ·  265 Reviews
With three-color illustrations, neighborhood detective Nate investigates the disappearance of his friend Annie's favorite painting. "Sharmat has perfectly reduced Sam Spade sentences and attitudes to fit primary grade sleuths and the easy-to-read format. Kids will like Nate the Great."--School Library Journal.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 15th 1977 by Turtleback Books (first published 1972)
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Karen
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.
NiteReader
Jul 22, 2015 NiteReader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-picture
Cool book!
Elisa
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
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Mitchell
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.
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
Camilla
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!
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!
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
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
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Jacque
Nov 12, 2014 Jacque rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this book when looking for a mystery book and I must say, I am glad I did! I really enjoyed the humor and educational opportunities the author, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat added. It was entertaining to me that she didn't end sentences on one page and continued it on to the next. With Nate the Great saying his name throughout the book it slows the reading speed down "I, Nate the Great..." along with her splitting sentences up between pages, it was like I could almost hear the detecti ...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
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Kelly Hobbs
Apr 06, 2016 Kelly Hobbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate the Great is a wonderful mystery book for elementary students to read! I think the best thing about this series is that there is humor involved with the mystery, easing children into this genre. It is an easy read for a read aloud in second or third grade, and could be read independently by stronger readers, but I believe all will enjoy the stories and illustrations that go along with them! I also loved how the story described all of the characters using elementary level descriptors so that ...more
Dariana Carlon
Apr 07, 2016 Dariana Carlon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nate the Great" is a great book. It is about a boy named Nate who believes he is a detective. His friend lost a picture she drew of her dog. Nate helps his friend try to use clues to find her drawing. They take steps back to try to figure out who could have the drawing. They go from house to find the missing drawing. Nate provides reasoning throughout each of his investigations. End up finding the drawing where they least expect it.

This book was actually very interesting. I really like how the
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Cassie Ehrenbock
Nate the Great is a classic story that revolves around a young boy named Nate who solves mysteries for his friends. I have read the other books in this series but I have not read this particular one. As an adult, I enjoyed this book immensely just like the other books when I was younger.

Nate is tasked to find his friend, Annie's ,missing picture. He interviews the dog, a crazy cat friend, and even Annie's little brother in order to solve the case. The story is told from Nate's point of view and
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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
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Jessica Schuerman
I loved reading some of these books! They are bout a young boy who is a detective. He is probably one of the coolest kid detectives out there. There is no chase that ever stopped him. Reading all the different books i came to realize there wasn't one to small for him either. As he is solving mysteries he uses help from has dog and friend. What cool detective doesn't have people help? He does all his solving of mysteries just by using his brain. He is one smart kid. I really enjoyed reading these ...more
Lauren Thorp
Apr 06, 2016 Lauren Thorp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate the Great is a fun, engaging, and comedic introduction to the mystery genre for early elementary school students. Nate is a detective who is trying to help his friend Annie find out what happened to her painting. The book is an easy read that is a little bit longer, which I think would be perfect to help 1st or 2nd graders build their stamina to eventually read chapter books. I could use this book in my future teaching career for a guided reading lesson in comprehension. I could have studen ...more
Diz
Mar 25, 2015 Diz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Nate the Great is a detective who really likes pancakes. I really like this story for two reasons. The first is that the dialog really does a good job sounding like the clipped dialog of the old pulp detective stories. When you read it, you can't help doing a 1940's detective voice. Second, the illustrations have a strong 70's vibe that feels really nostalgic for me. As an added bonus, there are activity ideas in the back of the book for kids, including a recipe for pancakes. I always have a gre ...more
Ashlynn Pope
Nate the great is about a little boy who is like a detective. In this book he gets a call from his friend who lost her picture frame. Even though he rather be looking for diamonds or missing money he still puts on his detective shoes and goes and helps her out. Throughout this process of looking for the picture is is showing the reader how to ask questions when looking for an item I would only recommend this book to a younger reader because it s hard to stay concentrated on it if you are a more ...more
Centennial 3rd
May 30, 2014 Centennial 3rd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is called Nate the Great.By Marjorie weinman sharmat.
In this book their are nine characters they are Hex, Hex, Hex, Hex, Annie, Nate, Annie's brother, Fang the dog, and Rosymond.
"Hi, I'm Nate I will tell you a story." The telephone rang it was Annie, Annie had lost a picture of Fang, Nate goes to Annie's house and search for the picture. They searched and searched then they went to Rosymond's house to see if she has it. Is Rsymond guilty or not?
I recommend this book to someone who lik
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Joaquín Jiménez-Waingort
Sep 02, 2015 Joaquín Jiménez-Waingort rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joaquín by: Elisa
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Rosa Cline
Jan 18, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This is the first book in the series of Nate the Great. Although you don't have to read these in order, it is nice to have read this one. It gives you kind of a background of who Nate is and who his friends are. In this mystery he needs to find a picture that his friend drew. Very nicely done the way he follows his clues and uses his senses to find it. Helping the reader know to keep their eyes open around their environment. Very nicely done my special needs teenage son even enjoyed it as well.
Pop Bop
Jun 29, 2014 Pop Bop rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Ally Copper
Nate the Great is a little boy detective longing for a big case but willing to help friends with small mysteries, such as finding lost balloons, books, slippers, etc. Nate dresses like Sherlock Holmes but talks like Sam Spade (or as much like Sam Spade as a character in an easy-reader children's book can). In this 1977 book, Nate helps his friend Annie (who he would like if he liked girls) find her missing painting. This is a terrific, fun mystery story for young readers (1st through 3rd grade). ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Oct 13, 2011 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
Carly
Apr 20, 2013 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate the Great is a humorous book that takes the reader through a case as Nate tries to find Annie’s missing picture. I think this is the first book in the Nate the Great because it introduces all of characters for the first time. This book falls under mystery as there is a problem to be solved, but it does it in a very funny way. Any child would love this book because of the humor, mystery, and very relatable characters. The author makes the characters relatable by making them sound like everyd ...more
Chelsea
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
Mercedes Todd
Aug 29, 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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