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

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For fans of the ever popular, ever hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Get ready to meet Big Nate! In the first novel in the New York Times bestselling series, Big Nate is in a class by himself!

But things don't always go your way just because you're awesome. Nate barely survives his dad's toxic oatmeal before rushing off to school—minus his lunch. He body slams the no-n
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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
Aisyah ❣ฅ(⌯▾ ˑ̫ ▾⌯͒)ฅ
I grew up reading big nate comic strips, and reading this made me feel like this

All fuzzy and warm inside :)

p.s still can't get over Sir Andy Dwyer/Agent Burt Macklin, F.B.I/Johnny Karate. I'll miss you and April always...
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
Precious Boahen
I thought that this book was just like a jokebook,with a story behind it.Nate Wright is a sixth grader with a lot of spunk.He is also the classroom rebel and the commisioner of teacher nicknames.He knows he is destined for greatness,but he just doesen't know what great thing he will do.So when he gets a fortune cookie from his best friend Teddy,he is afraid of what the cookie will say.Because Nate has a history of crappy fortunes ,he reluctantly opens the fortune.but he is happy at what he reads ...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
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
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
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
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
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Hi Everyone! Do you love Diary of A Wimpy Kid? If so, you will LOVE Big Nate. Big Nate has fun illustrations and reminds me of a comic book. This book is full of laughs and will make you smile every time you read it. Big Nate is a good kid but always seems to get himself into some trouble--but that is what makes this book so fun. :)


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Read this with my 9 year old and we laughed out loud!
It was really funny. :D
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
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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
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
Nate thinks that he is destined for greatness. He got a fortune cookie from his friend Teddy. His fortune said, "Today you will surpass all others!" Pretty wacky fortune Huh? He tried to surpass all others in every class. Every class he has been in, he got a detention. In math he thought he was the first one done on the quiz. When the time was up, he just notices there is a back side. Then he tried to do them fast, then the math teacher was at his desk. They were have a game of tug-a-war over th ...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
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.
Austin Frazier
I felt like this book was a lot like Diary of a Wimpy, but both books are good. I liked how Nate had lots of different views on different things. I also recently found out that Big Hate used to be a comic strip
Sebastian Benitez
Big Nate was soo good. Even after re-reading it a couple of times I still find it hilarious. My favorite part is where Nate gets detentions from all of his teachers. Lincoln is a great author for children of all ages. I would recommend this to parents who have children that don't like to read alot. It is a great book and I love it. I can't wait for the newest book to come out.
Raven Caines
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself was a really funny book because he kept getting in trouble with his teachers. His trouble all started with a fortune that he got from a fortune that his friend Teddy gave him. His fortune said that he will 'surpass all others today.' His detention started off in his writing class when his teacher told the class to write a poem about any topic they wanted. Nate wrote a love poem to a girl who he liked very much and this other girl named Gina shouted across the room ...more
Sofia Davis
In the book Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce, Nate is a 5th grader who thinks he is waking up to another normal day of school although that day one of his best friends Teddy, gives him a fortune cookie that reads "TODAY YOU WILL SURPASS ALL OTHERS". Usually Nate isn't inclined to believe fortune cookies, but this one is different and he believes that he actually will surpass all others. From then on, throughout the day Nate collects an outstanding number of seven detention slips ...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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