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Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
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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, unlike Heffley's hapless confederate, the low-wattage Rowley.

Like 'Wimpy Kid,' 'Nate' uses all the elements that draw a certain audience: risque humor, lots of illustrations and white space, and an ear for how kids actually think and talk. But Kinney was there first, so 'Nate' won't be quite the blockbuster 'Wimpy' has proved to be. For kids who can't wait until the November release of 'The Ugly Truth,' though, here's something that might keep them reading.
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