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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

(Big Nate Novels #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  35,617 ratings  ·  1,227 reviews
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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2010)
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The Reading Countess
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Jan 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aisyah ♡
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, 5-stars-wohoo
I grew up reading the big nate comic strips, and this book made me feel like this

All fuzzy and warm inside :)

Still not over Sir Andy Dwyer/Agent Burt Macklin, F.B.I/Johnny Karate. I'll miss you and April always...
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
J.T. Dutton
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Big Nate book I've ever read. It is about Big Nate himself as a middle schooler, getting into trouble and thinking on the positive side of problems. I think this is a great book because it perfectly summarized a middle school students' life and it made me thought that this was something that's true, Big Nate was real! I can connect this book to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the setting is the same, their family situation is the same and surprisingly they even got the same grade, D. In ...more
Drew B.
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Big Nate is Hilarious. He finds out he's Destined for Greatness in the most Detention Slips.
Ms Threlkeld
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: english, 2016
"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:
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.

Tyler Vennard
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
i think this book is a four because Nate is very funny but is not very realistic like that part where nate is looking at baby picture on the school wall.
Precious Boahen
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jacob Razer
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 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.
Loren M.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Lars Guthrie
Aug 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Nicholas Papavero
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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Suraia Munia
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i only started reading the book because it is suggested for diary of wimpy kid fans and jeff kinney said "Big Nate is funny, big time."
Honestly Nate is not as funny as Greg but he is not so bad either. I see myself grabbing the other books in the series.
Pearce L.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was quite humorous. I felt myself laughing quite often. I read one of the books in this series before I read the first one. It was probably a good idea to read the first one first. Now that I have read the first one the one that I read before makes more sense. It is sort of like Diary of a Wimpy kid but I prefer this. I would recommend this to people that like Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: read this book
Recommended to Gracie by: My friend Berk
It was great I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!
Marie the Librarian
A mediocre book, but Im not the target group. I wish they could translate some things differently so that kids here can relate a bit more.
Jaime Ramos
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
its a great book its about that nate in his class room his by himself because no one likes him.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I am reading a Steven Hawking book on physics , a book about art intrigue from the 1940s , and the usual crime drama of a murderess in remote Iceland in the 1820s . I needed some relief so I picked this up and read it in a day . Now I feel I can go back to the grind .

I imagine it was written for 6th to 8th graders , but so what ?!
Clare Lund
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my personal flavor, but I can see the appeal for the right reader. The story is told in half text / half comic strip format. Ages 8 and up.
Lindsay Weideman
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 couldnt 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 with
Tate Rytky
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jack Morrison
Aug 14, 2013 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 ...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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Big Nate Novels (8 books)
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