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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Big Nate: Novels #1)

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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...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2010)
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The Reading Countess
Multiple Choice:
A) Big Nate is a comic strip appearing in more than 200 newspapers and online daily.
B) Big Nate is the nickname my middle son earned from his football coach
C) Big Nate reminds me of my oldest son, who also doodles and lacks focus (but who is ultimately a likable and smart guy)
D) Big Nate will be hard to keep in my classroom library once it is booktalked
E) All of the above

Answer: E
J.T. Dutton
I dislike that there are so many great books for children. My frustration is a result of having a daughter who now handles most of her reading choices for herself, and a son who is well on his way. Neither kid is coming to me for my help, or even my opinions or suggestions anymore. Big Nate in Class by Himself arrived in a package addressed to me, so I grabbed it and fled to the bathtub so I could have firsrsies.
When my family asked me what was making me laugh, I said that I was cutting my toen...more
Jeff Raymond
There's a subgenre of children's books I derisively call the "cash grabs." They're your celebrity books, your knockoffs, your derivative stuff. I know Big Nate has been a daily comic for some time, so it's not so much a "cash grab" type book like so many Wimpy Kid clones, but the chapter books...well, they sure feel like it.

This is the first chapter book installment of Big Nate. Nate's a bit disorganized, a bit of a troublemaker, a bit of a clown. This book follows him through one school day as...more
Bren
Nate Wright is actually rather a cruel character. I was tremendously disappointed in the kid. Reading him saying that "Mrs. Godfrey is fat!" and then thinking to myself, "Well, this is supposed to elicit a laugh from children," really disturbed me.

I felt bad for Mrs. Godfrey. I felt that Nate deserved his punishments, but als felt that - as an adult - he's not the kind of kid I'd want my child playing with. He's not one I'd trust alone with a young reader because of his rudeness. A parent shoul...more
Lindsay Weideman
Primary Book #3 Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

1. This book is one of my favorites. It is an easy, quick read for kids and the illustrations are hilarious. I have read a few Big Nate books to the second grade class that I student taught in and the kids just loved them. They couldn’t wait to check them out in both our class library and the school library. Nate is just such a quirky character who goes through normal kid things that a lot of students can probably relate to. This book starts out wit...more
Jacob Razer
I liked it when nate got a lot of detentions in almost every chapter.Nate was not a good kid in that book.He should be a better kid.He is in sixth grade and he should know how to behave.
Drew B.
Big Nate is Hilarious. He finds out he's Destined for Greatness in the most Detention Slips.
Loren M.
6th Grader Nate Wright is dreaming when he wakes up to another ordinary morning of his life: breakfast, his annoying sister Ellen, and school. Believing that there will be a test that day, Nate becomes afraid of failing and having to attend summer school. Nate attempts to forge an excuse note, only to be caught by one of his friends. Nate confesses to the forgery, to which Francis replies that there was no test scheduled for that day. At home Nate's friend Teddy gives Nate a fortune cookie, whic...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Nate is sure he is destined for greatness. He’s either going to be great playing soccer, playing in his band, playing table football or cartooning. He is NOT going to be great in opera, synchronized swimming, or cat grooming. Nate thinks his greatness will evolve as long as the grown-ups and mind-numbing school don’t wreck his carefully laid plans.

When a fortune cookie predicts “Today, you will surpass all others,” Nate is sure his time has come. Even after Mrs. Godfrey, his teacher, finds his c...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Nate is destined for big things, and one of those things will be when he can "surpass all others". At least that's what his fortune cookie says, and we all know how often those are right. In Nate's case, it is right, but it's what Nate surpasses others on is one of the comical moments in this book. Nate is a kid who just can't seem to catch a break, and he's definitely in a class all by himself. I felt bad for him at times, and other times I couldn't help but laugh with him. No matter what he do...more
Lars Guthrie
Lincoln Peirce has been penning the 'Big Nate' comic strip since the early 90s, so you can't accuse him of ripping off 'Wimpy Kid'--completely. Clearly, Peirce saw an opportunity and took it. More power to him.

Despite an addiction to junk food, a propensity to get into trouble, a fear of locker rooms, and a generally cynical outlook on adult behavior, Nate is not a carbon copy of Greg Heffley. His hair is thicker. Refreshingly, his two best friends are brighter than he is. They poke fun at Nate...more
Tate Rytky
This was Tate's first "longer" book that he read himself. It's good because there are short, chunky paragraphs and plenty of comic-strip-type pictures throughout the book -- so it's more manageable for beginning readers. But the content is not exactly something to brag about. Nate is a mischievous kid who gets in trouble, plans to ditch school to get out of a test, lies to his teacher about being sick, uses language like "shut up" and "stupid". It's not a book I would let my 1st grader read by h...more
MisterFweem
Probably when you have to have a quote from Jeff Kinney on your front cover, and have comparisons to your book on the back cover, you should wonder if the book ought to be published or not. And while I realize that Lincoln Pierce is the author of the Big Nate comic strip, I've just gotta say that Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" books are more artfully drawn, wittier, and coherent as books, compared to Pierce's. Again, I don't make it a habit of reading and reviewing kids' books, but I also want to stay apa...more
Arminzerella
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Ianm
I recently finished this book and it was really good especially when he made fun of teachers. It all starts when Nate forgets his lunch and his friend gives him a fortune cookie, but this time the fortune says "today you will surpass all others", and the rest of the book is about him trying to figure out what the fortune means. (Warning this final sentence spoils the end so if you have not read this book stop reading now) In the end his fortune does come true because he beats the record of most...more
Chris
Big book review

The book I choose is Big Nate in Class by Himself. The author of Big Nate is Lincoln Peirce. Big Nate was published on 2010 by united feature syndicate, Inc. The main theme is that nate tries to suppress everyone and ends up getting in more trouble than he needs.

It takes place in the school classrooms like art and woodshop. The story is in first person mostly then changes when he gets in trouble. The main character is big nate. The secondary characters are the teachers and nates f...more
Sarahi
Apr 18, 2014 Sarahi added it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Intermediate book- Big Nate in a class by himself

1. This graphic novel enhances my book collection because it has both aspects of a comic book and a regular book. Those students who may love comic books because of the pictures would enjoy reading this because it has drawings, with a little more writing. My hope is that it will also get them to notice that even though a story is not always in boxes and may not always come with pictures, it can still be interesting and funny. This book is split be...more
Muhib Khan
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce is a good book a part of the series Big Nate. This book is partially a graphic novel with many pictures included but less text. Still, this book is a great read. It is intended for younger people to read but is enjoyable at any age.
Big Nate is a boy in 6th grade that absolutely hates school. He starts his day off with a fortune cookie stating that "today you will surpass all others". Knowing this, he suddenly boosts his ego and acts cool only t...more
B
Big Nate from the comics has been put into a J book successfully. Big Nate reads in a fortune cookie that "Today you will surpass all others" which becomes his mantra to achieve great things in school. Things don't quite turn out the way he planned. This character is similar to Wimpy Kid although the book itself seems more advanced with more actual writing. I liked it better than any of the Wimpy Kids.
Zada
This book was not the best book I have read. It was about a boy named Nate who opens a fortune cookie at school which says "You will impress all others". The way he impressed everybody was by getting the most detentions.
This didn't impress me because detentions are bad and he just made a fool of himself.
Christiana
Put this one on reserve right now. Mark my words, it's going to catch on with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid crowd and you're going to be scrambling for it later.
Andrew
Lincoln Peirce transfers the humor and charm of his daily comic strip to the children's novel format just fine. It's a slight story, taking place over the course of one school day, but it's fun and a quick read. Recommended for fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
Mr. Balcoms Class
Fabulously hilarious. A fresh and funny character. Must read for any elementary school boy or teacher. In the style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid but with much more class. Loved this book!
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"Today you will surpass all others," what? Nate Wright is about to
have a surprising day in school in this Lincoln Peirce classic. Nate
gets a strange fortune but has no clue what it means. Meanwhile, he
keeps getting stuck in detention.A mean teacher named Mrs.Godfrey is known for getting Nate in trouble. What will this fortune mean? I
reccomend this book to humorous people and mystery lovers, though the
book mentions words like "stupid" and "shut up" I definetly reccomend
this story.
Vanessa Montalvo
Have you ever been in a lot of trouble if you haven't in this book there is a boy who gets but in a lot of trouble. Also i'm guessing the genre of this book is realistic fiction. I liked this book because of all that happens in it it is interesting.

The setting of this book was in a school. Nate was the main character of this book. Nate wanted to be cool and also wanted to break a world record the reason he wanted to be cool was because he got a fortune cookie that said (Today you will surpass...more
Josiah
I've long been a major fan of the Big Nate comic strip created by Lincoln Pierce. After the conclusion of the legendary run of Bill Watterson's classic Calvin and Hobbes, Big Nate sort of seemed to step in and fill the void for me. I've been faithfully reading the comic strip for some time now, and it has undoubtedly become my favorite.

When I saw that Lincoln Pierce had come out with a book about Nate Wright, in the same sort of style as Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series...more
Heidi
Oct 15, 2011 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ages 8-12
Shelves: humor, juv-fiction, series
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Mary Ann
When I ask a lot of kids what type of book they want, they tell me they want a funny book. There are a lot of books that try to make kids laugh, but funny is hard to do well. Of course, kids eat up The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series like it's ice cream. And many love comic books like Calvin and Hobbes or graphic novels like Babymouse. A series we've just added to the library is Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce, and I think the kids are going to love this. It had me laughing out loud in many places as...more
Christina
It is good for what it is - a "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" read alike, but it is definitely not as good. The cartoon illustrations are well drawn, but sadly the writing is quite subpar. This graphic novel hybrid is simply one extremely long joke - and not necessarily a very funny joke at that. Nate tries hard to make his fortune from a fortune cookie come true - "Today you will surpass all others" - but instead all his efforts simply ends him with yet another detention slip from another angry teacher....more
Victoria Whipple
Big Nate comes off the comic's pages and into a full length book. BIg Nate is a typical middle school student with a lot of "potential." He forgets his lunch one day, so his buddy shares his lunch which is leftovers from Chinese take-out. Nate's fortune tells him that he will "surpass all others"--but just how will he do this? Rest assured, he does. The story follows Nate through one school day, from the time he wakes up--allowing the reader to meet his father and sister--to the end of the schoo...more
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Lincoln Peirce is a cartoon artist from Portland, Maine. He lives with his wife and two children, and occasionally gives lectures to students about cartoon creating. Peirce writes the comic strip "Big Nate". Peirce's comic strip, Big Nate, is featured as an island on the famous children's website, Poptropica. Big Nate appears as the first cartoon on The Maine Sunday Telegram in the comics section....more
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