"Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the daily and Sunday comic strip, which has been nationally syndicated since 1991. Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He's a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, enjoys pestering his family and teachers with his sarcasm. To draw Big Nate, Peirce relies on memories of his own childhood and the experiences he collected teaching art at a New York City high school. Peirce occasionally turns his pen over to his creation, and readers get to see life through Nate's eyes as he doodles his adventures in his notebook."--from the publisher
This collection of previously published comic strips differs from the Big Nate notebook novels of which my students are so fond. All of the panels are done in full color, and while there are some story arcs, most of the strips just cover whatever topic is being discussed for the day. There is a little development (Artur returns; he and Jenny are still a couple) in the characters and plot, but generally this is just for fun. This includes my favorite strip, where Nate is asking his science teacher what experiments they are going to do because of the very gross stuff on his desk... and of course, it's the teacher's lunch!
I still prefer the novels, since I think that they do a great job at capturing the spirit of middle schoolers who WANT to do the right thing and just can't seem to manage it, but of course my students prefer the cartoons!
Recommended by: Karen Yingling, Library Media Specialist, Ohio USA
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Big Nate and his buddies are starting their own band and they are naming it Enslave the Mollusk. They hear about a Battle of the Bands contest but don't have enough money to pay to enter. But Nate has plenty of other things to keep him busy with basketball and the upcoming Prank Day at school. Big Nate has a great idea for Mrs. Godfrey!
224 pages 978-1449436346 Ages 8-12
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com