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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  12,784 ratings  ·  396 reviews
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 list of suspects so he can solve the mystery.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 15th 1977 by Yearling (first published 1972)
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before bed, Neo was ready for a wonderful story all about Nate the Great Detective. While Nate is dining on his favourite breakfast of pancakes, he receives a call to help his friend, Annie. She has painted a picture of her dog, but it is nowhere to be found. Nate heads over and begins his sleuthing, but comes up empty. A search of the house and even a visit to see one of Annie's friends gets him nowhere, but he is able to show off his detective skills. When Nate returns to the scene of the ...more
Dawn Michelle
I bought this book for my 8 year old niece; I am not as enamored with this one as I am with the Ivy + Bean books, but it was still a cute book and I think she will love it. And it IS a mystery [gotta start them young LOL] so there is a bonus in that. It was a fun, quick read and I think she will enjoy reading it.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-classics

This truly is a classic. Nate the Great, kid detective. He loves pancakes and solving cases. This story revolves around him helping his friend, Annie. She had drawn a picture of her dog, Fang, and the picture ends up missing. Nate the great and Annie set off on the trail to find the lost picture. What a fun story and the illustrations are great!
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Luisa Knight
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, i-can-read, own
This was a favorite of mine growing up! Mysteries are such a great way to get kids hooked into reading. They're propelled to keep going until the mystery has been solved. Highly recommend this beginner's book!

Reading Level: 2nd and 3rd grades

Cleanliness: a boy says "I would like Annie if I liked girls."

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Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Ellie really likes the audio of this book. The audio is actually of several Nate the Great stories.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-2018
Wolfie loved this one. Should I make his own Goodreads account now that he's reading? But then I have to log in and out... Meh.
Zoe's Human
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lt
A cute and funny early-reader mystery with some little embedded lessons about manners and logic.

Ages: 6 - 9
Themes: mysteries, detectives, pancakes, painting, colors
Hard boiled early reader. 😍
Scott Rhee
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great teaching opportunities in this book and the series. I love a mystery. Great way to start children on solving life's mysteries!
I loved this book! Ha ha! Humorous and smart.

Re-read in 2018. Many lol moments for me. The humor is so dry; I love it!
Molly Fitzsimons
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-572
Nate the Great is about a boy detective. He takes his cases as seriously and doesn't let anything get in his way (except for maybe a break to eat pancakes). In this story, he takes on the case of a missing painting for his friend, Annie. The only people to see the painting were her dog, her friend, and her little brother. Annie takes Nate to visit all three and Nate looks for clues. He even solves another mystery in the process. Sometimes the truth can be hidden in plain sight, you just have to ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: My name is Nate the Great. I am a detective. I work alone. Let me tell you about my last case: I had just eaten breakfast. It was a good breakfast. Pancakes, juice, pancakes, milk, and pancakes. I like pancakes. The telephone rang.

Premise/plot: Nate the Great is on the case. Annie, the girl down the street, has hired him to find a lost picture. The picture is in yellow and it is of her dog, Fang. Can Nate find clues and piece together what happened to the picture?

My thoughts: I
Erin Martin
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very cute! We will be reading more of these!
Maria Justice
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Laura (Book Scrounger)
Fun and funny -- my seven-year-old really enjoyed reading this book and I'm looking forward to finding more of this series.
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excited to read this one to my 1st grade kiddos!
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Clinton Brown
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Taylor O'Connor
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Mercedes Todd
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Nate the Great. He is a detective. This case was about Nates 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 Annies 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 Annies friend, Fang her dog and ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
My children have always raved about Nate the Great so I decided to grab one of their summer reading books to take a look at what they are talking about.
Nate the Great is a private detective who takes on a new case. His friend Annie's picture has gone missing and it is up to Nate to sleuth out what happened to it.
This is a beginning readers book and as such it is very simply written for young children. It is a wonderful introduction to the detective mystery. It is enough to keep a child's
Kristine Hansen
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, easy-reader
OK this has got to be my favorite yet on this research project. It's an book that's easy to read WITH A STRONG VOICE. Wow. Who knew you could tell a story with so few words, with only EASY words, and still make you laugh out loud. I heard Harry's voice so distinctly that I will most certainly go hunt around for anything and everything else by this author that I can find. I'm just that impressed.

Well done and very highly recommended.
Elizabeth Meadows
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print-books-2019
I can't believe I have not heard of Nate the Great before now. I loved the mystery. I loved the dialogue. Nate is so smart and the story opens up many teachable moments. I love how the bonus materials in the back of the book expand on the teachable moments in the mystery. I wish I had know about these books when my kids were small.
The writing is lame. But given that, the story itself is actually pretty good. It captures a kid actually being a detective pretty darn well - making breaking down the problem, planning, observing. Probably would work okay as a kid's early read-to-self book. And the art was certainly good enough. But the writing style itself took too much away.
Richard Cardenas
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 STARS!!!

I don't know why I missed out on reading this as a kid but I loved it at 29 years old haha it was such a fun, quick, and awesome read and get this I didn't solve the mystery before Nate did and I laughed my butt off because this is written for children and I'm 29 and I didn't get it LOL I'm very interested now in reading more of these books. - Richard
Dan Absalonson
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun chapter book. My kids enjoyed it and I had fun reading it to them.
Jenna Dif
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
Nate the Great is a fun adventure book about a little boy named Nate who solves mysteries. It is part of a series and this particular book can be read online by looking it up as an ebook. In this particular book, Nate is solving a mystery for his friend Annie and is helping her to find a picture she lost. The book is comical and has a light sense of humor to it, but it also written in the mystery format in which there is something missing/wrong, and the "detective," which is Nate, sets out to ...more
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Marjorie Weinman Sharmat was an American children's writer. She wrote more than 130 books for children and teens, and her books have been translated into several languages. The Library of Congress chose many of her books as book of the year, and her books were frequently Literary Guild selections.

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