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Big Nate in a Class By Himself (Big Nate Novels #1)

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Big Nate in a Class By Himself
Paperback, School Market, 214 pages
Published 2010 by Harper
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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
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 (≧◡≦) ♡
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...
J.T. Dutton
Jan 09, 2010 J.T. Dutton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 17, 2015 Katja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
I will never understand the anti-intellectual agenda a lot of Americans have. Nate is essentially anti-school, anti-education and he constantly makes fun of "geeks" and "nerds". My kids love the book, but I omitted a lot of the judgemental labels Ned applied to his fellow students. Shouldn't kids in books be role models up to a certain point? What is wrong with enjoying learning and school? On top of that Nate is not a very good or kind person. He is pretty selfish, self-centered and he gloats a ...more
Abduraafi Andrian
"Teachers always say they'll be happy if you just do your best. But when you TRY to do your best, they don't LET you. Something about that just doesn't add up."

Mwahaha. Gambarnya bagus. Ceritanya sederhana. Berakhir menyenangkan. Paling tidak, Nate merasa senang. Terhibur. Sangat.

Ulasan ala-ala:
Ms Threlkeld
This series was extremely popular at the elementary school where I worked, so I thought I'd check it out. I was really disappointed. Nate isn't very likable and he's constantly complaining about school and his teachers. At one point he says "Teachers are such dopes sometimes. And by "sometimes," I mean "always." As someone who has worked in education for 10 years, I found this offensive. I was expecting more from this book and won't be recommending it to my students.
Precious Boahen
Jan 01, 2015 Precious Boahen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 01, 2016 Van rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cốt truyện không quá bất ngờ nhưng dù sao cũng vẫn khá dễ thương. Đánh giá cao nhiều hình ảnh trong truyện, nó không chỉ đơn giản là mang tính minh hoạ mà thực sự đã thay thế cho rất nhiều câu văn dài dòng không cần thiết.
Dec 25, 2015 Guguk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kukis-gula-merah
Tadinya sempet ngerasa eneg dengan kesotoyan si Nate (^ ^;)>

Beda dengan Tom Gates yang terkesan culun atau Greg Heffley yang semua tindakannya (termasuk yang bego sekalipun) mengesankan 'kesinisan-yang-anggun' (^...^), si Nate ini terlihat "kasar" dan maksa pengen ngasih kesan "keren" dengan jalan menjelek-jelekkan semua yang ada di sekelilingnya.

Untungnya mendekati akhir makin menghibur (^.^) dan aku ngakak pas (view spoiler)
Lindsay Weideman
Apr 18, 2014 Lindsay Weideman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Nicholas Papavero
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Jacob Razer
Nov 20, 2013 Jacob Razer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 11, 2014 Maddison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really funny book. It's a very quick read but a great read. I would recommend this book for all ages as it is a very simple read.
Jaime Ramos
Jun 02, 2015 Jaime Ramos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its a great book its about that nate in his class room his by himself because no one likes him.
Jaden Barnwell
May 12, 2015 Jaden Barnwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nate always thought that he was destined for greatness and when he read his fortune from a fortune cookie it said that today he would surpass all other. Nate really wanted his fortune to be true, but as Nate goes through each class trying to make his fortune true he just ends up getting detentions. So Nate gives up, but his friends encourage him and say that there is still a few classes left. Then Nate decides that they are right and some unexpected events happen making his fortune come true. Bi ...more
Drew B.
Sep 29, 2010 Drew B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Big Nate is Hilarious. He finds out he's Destined for Greatness in the most Detention Slips.
May 11, 2015 Chantelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: elementary boys, educators, parents
My 8 year old son begged to read this & I was hesitant. All I can say now is that we are BOTH very glad I took a chance and read it to him (and the rest of the series) before bed every night (he read on his own at other times).

Surprisingly, this was the first book (in a REALLY long time) that literally made me laugh out loud - repeatedly!! I WILL admit that Nate - the way he thinks, acts, and his imagination - is extremely similar to my son so, I'm sure that influenced how often I laughed.

Loren M.
May 23, 2014 Loren M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jack Morrison
Aug 14, 2013 Jack Morrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i decided to read this book because, i have read other books from Lincoln Peirce and liked them, and also because the book is half in words and half in cartoons. the category on the bingo board that this book completes is: written in 2012-2013. a character i found interesting is a girl called Gina. i like Gina because she is mean but yet so innocent. she gets other people into trouble but gets out of trouble herself. a quote that i found interesting is: "destined for greatness!". i like this quo ...more
Sep 05, 2011 MisterFweem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Noah Moon
Oct 08, 2015 Noah Moon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this is one of the lest favorite ones of this book series, but other than the fact that the pages are ALL comics, the book was really good. I can't really say anything about the begging middle, or end, because it had no real story line. I have the whole series, and the diary of a wimpy kid books as well, which are also really good, and i would recommend these book series to people.
Chris L
The book big Nate is amazing book it has 213 pages of funny reads.the main character in big Nate is Nate Wright he is a trouble maker he like to be funny like i am. If i had to give it a 1 to 5 star it would be a 4 just because it funny but not to funny. It remind me of me a few years ago i was way funny. the ending was good i liked that book.
Dec 04, 2014 Bookswithbrooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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. :)


Tyler J
Sep 11, 2015 Tyler J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really matches who I am a little. It was a good book and I will read the series hopefully. Me and Nate would probably be friends, but also fight a lot and argue. The author did a really good job on making Nate the way he is and the way he fits the story. I really liked Nate because he always tried to find a to get out of things he didn't want to do.
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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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Big Nate Novels (7 books)
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