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Nate the Great (Nate the Great #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  7,156 ratings  ·  194 reviews
These chapter books introduce beginning readers to the detective mystery genre. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!

Shortly after a breakfast generously supplied with pancakes, Natethe Great got an urgent call from Annie.

"I lost a picture," said Annie. "Can you help me find it?"

"Of course," said Nate. "...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 15th 1977 by Yearling (first published 1972)
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Scott Rhee
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
Centennial 3rd
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...more
Pop Bop
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...more
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
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...more
Clinton Brown
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
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
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
“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
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
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
Lynnette
“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...more
midnightfaerie
A book my 6 yr old loved, a little old for my preschoolers. A solid reading level 2 book, this reader has a good amount of advanced vocabulary words, but not so long that it discourages a new reader. Used it for his read out loud book, which was perfect. It took about 15 mins for him to read and had just enough new vocabulary words to make it challenging. Also, it was a fun and interesting story he could get into. He liked it so much, he asked for more by this author. Great reading book!
Fjóla
Our first Nate the Great book. While it's a bit below my son's reading level (it has both really controlled vocabulary and repetition), it's a 64 page story and thus great for building stamina for longer books. In fact, it's a great transitional book between early readers and then chapter books. It's somewhat funny despite the repetitions, but pretty tame in all respects. It seems to have content that's very much appropriate for a five year old and it was engaging enough for him not to want to p...more
Mark Baker
A kid's picture book about a neighborhood sleuth. Here, he searches for Annie's missing painting of her dog. Humor for adults and a mystery that kids can solve make this a winner.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Ashley
We listened to Vol. 3 of the audio series; another favorite from my childhood. I especially enjoyed the "Nate's Notes" at the end of every story that included facts, jokes, recipes, and crafts, even though the kids wanted me to skip this part. Be warned, though, the narrator's voice for Rosamund is quite annoying!
Abbey
Evoking the most hard-boiled noir detective you can imagine in the second grade, this book is a riot! AJ giggles when I read it in my Guy Noir voice and the juxtaposition from that to kid talking about his relentless, unapologetic addiction to pancakes is a hoot. I only wish there were chapters.
Kaethe
This is Nate the Great: he has a dog named Sludge, plenty of free time to wander around the neighborhood, he loves pancakes and mysteries, he has a friend, Annie, with a big dog, Fang, and another friend, Rosamunde, with three cats, all named Hex.

Library copy.
Becca
Rediscovering this funny series of little detective stories during a"Nate the Great" read-a-thon with C. this weekend. Easy fun reads with a unique style. Nate's regular notes to his mother are the funniest part...makes them worth reading even as a grown up.
Cindi

Boy detectives are plentiful in children's fiction. There is Encyclopedia Brown, the Hardy Boys, and Nate the Great. Whether the danger is real or imagined, these characters are serious about solving their cases and bringing villains to justice.


This book is the first in a series of Nate the Great books that include over 15 titles. This is a good series to get boys involved in reading and could lead into reading Encyclopedia Brown books and then the Hardy Boys.


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Chak
Apr 06, 2009 Chak rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kid
I think we have read every Nate the Great book in the series, and there are A LOT. Nate is a great detective who always leaves a note for his mother to inform her of his whereabouts and loves to eat pancakes. There are great characters in the books, especially Rosamond, Nate's very strange cat-loving friend (she's totally goth). These books are perfect for mystery lovers aged 5-9, I would think. If you want to also read some mysteries for the same age group, but with a female protagonist, try th...more
Brigid Keely
"Nate The Great," by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, is an illustrated easy reader about a boy detective named Nate. The text is simple but not simplistic and the illustrations are clear albeit dated, telling a story about a young man who helps a classmate and friend find a missing picture.

"Nate the Great," both the initial book and the series, have a high nostalgia factor for a lot of people. I'd never read them as a kid, so am untinted by childhood memories. The story, both subject and style, feels...more
Cheryl
We read this book merely as an "easy-reader" for homeschool. What a delightful book! As my young daughter read aloud, the rest of us became distracted with amusement. Her stiltedness as a new reader gave the same effect as a "Dragnet" voice...a must for future reading of Nate stories. I am so impressed with the author's skill at using so few words to generate so much humor and mystery. It just hits the bullseye by captivating the kids and tickling the funny bone of the parents, as well.

The story...more
Raenie Brown
This is a good book for the beginning reader. I would recommend this book to a boy as well. The book follows a young boy,Nate, who is sort of a mini Sherlock. He enjoys solving mysteries along with his side kick sludge. This is the first book in the series.

In this book, Nate helps his friend solve the mystery of her missing picture. He immediately takes on the case

This book is appropriate for ages 6-8. The author still included pictures and did not use large vocabulary making it easy for the ch...more
Kimberly Plyler
This book was very cute. It's about a little boy who solves mysteries. The book is written like an old time mystery that you would listen to on the radio. The pictures were were very nice as well.
Renee
Funny. Not sure if I'm a fan of the short choppy sentence structure. Would this we confusing for a beginning reader, or does that make it easier to read.

1st/2nd grade
Megan Gitter
good for problem solving, exciting, good early chapter book, students can relate their own experiences to nate's
Jenny Mock
Great easy reader! I love the additional information and activities at the end of the book!
Jennifer
There are tons of wonderful easy-readers out there: Frog and Toad Are Friends and Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish are both outstanding examples of books in series that are high-interest and high-larious, unlike this book and series, which is mediocre at best. But hey, the kid really likes pancakes. And that's funny, right? Right?
Mary
Jan 09, 2008 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mamas and papas and their little ones
this whole series is really fun to read outloud and take turns even if mr just starting to read isnt ready to read it all. nate the great is very independent and is friends with rosamond who has three cats. their names are something like big hex medium hex and regular hex. she dresses all in black and nate the great helps her and his other friends solve their mysteries. he thinks rosamond is strange. i do too. but then i love strange. very sweet and nate ALWAYS leaves his mother a note if he has...more
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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.” 0 likes
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