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Nate the Great (Nate the Great #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  8,403 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!

Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the
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
Ellie really likes the audio of this book. The audio is actually of several Nate the Great stories.
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
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
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
Joaquín Jiménez-Waingort
Mar 03, 2015 Joaquín Jiménez-Waingort rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joaquín by: Elisa
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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
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
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
Rosa Cline
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
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
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
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
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
“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
“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
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!
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
was one of my favorites as a kid, and i see why. the pseudo film noir style of text was appealing to me back then - and it still carries through now. the diversity of the cast was great then and now, the pancakes were fun, and i remember really looking at all the pictures trying to figure out the mystery, and DOUBLE checking them to see if they tried to trick me - but they didn't!

Loved it.

Just read it with my kid and she loved it too.
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.
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!
Nicole Morissette
Normally I wouldn't bother reviewing such a short book, but my students and I just finished reading this aloud and they LOVED IT!!! We had so much fun laughing with the silly jokes, like Nate's love for pancakes. It was a great (short) first read aloud to get my kiddos excited for future reads together! :)
I really enjoyed this book and so did my kids. It kept our attentions the entire time for a kids book it was kind of long but hey the longer the better. I love reading books to my kids especially books that make them think. I recommend parents to read this book to their kids. Especially toddlers.
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.
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.

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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.” 1 likes
“Annie has brown hair and brown eyes. And she smiles a lot. I would like Annie if I liked girls.” 1 likes
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