Big Nate is an often misguided 6th grader who readers have gotten to know the past 31 years via the syndicated daily 4-panel cartoon. This year introduced a TV series which has been renewed for another season on Paramount+. And now there is the first book based on the television show:

The graphic novel includes 3 stories:




Nate is full of spirit and rebellion and it’s all in good fun. He has several friends at school and lives with his single dad and older sister. Trouble is not far away whenever Nate is around like maxing out his Dad’s credit card to the tune of $6,000! Equally bad: Having to avoid one more detention to keep him from disappearing for good.

Nate knows he is awesome but trying to convince everyone else is the tough part. You can see much of the real Nate through the cartoons he creates. They are interspersed throughout the hilarious action filled scenes and each story ends with a peek at the original Lincoln Pierce cartoon many of us have seen in the newspaper.

BIG NATE DESTINED FOR AWESOMENESS is coming out this month. A second book in the series, BIG NATE PRANK YOU VERY MUCH will be released later this year.

Perfect for reluctant readers and any of us needing a break from the more than typical 300-page middle grade novels. Nate will win you over along with providing a shelf full of laughs.


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  1. I haven’t read a Big Nate book for a while, but your line “Nate knows he is awesome but trying to convince everyone else is the tough part” explains him so well. It’s always a fun time with him. Thanks for your review.

  2. carolbaldwin says:

    This does seem to be a good book for reluctant readers–always a good thing!

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