BIG NATE keeps on bringing the laughs with Volume 27 of the iconic comic strip. The 173 pages are presented in a series of six 4-panel comics followed by the 8-panel Sunday feature. The story lines are wide ranging as Nate deals with school, his nemesis-Gina, a single father and an older sister.

Some of my favorites included Nate helping the photographer with school pictures, doing his best to get a girlfriend, and this one when Nate has an unfortunate soccer accident:

Also fun are the Halloween and Christmas threads where Nate always loses out. His father insists on giving out healthy Halloween snacks and Nate’s Christmas has him talking about what presents he didn’t get.

In full color, Big Nate: Release the Hounds is the perfect holiday gift. It’s one that will be shared frequently with family and friends to enjoy. Nate also stars in his own Paramount+/Nickelodeon animated series. Although intended for ages 8-12, don’t worry if you are older. Big Nate also works for the kid at heart…like me.

If you need even more laughs, there’s another graphic novel in this series due out this month. BIG NATE: PRANK YOU VERY MUCH will be the perfect stocking stuffer. Here’s the official background from Andrew McMeel Publishing:

When it comes to making mischief, Nate Wright’s in a class by himself. Whether he’s pranking his sister with fluorescent toothpaste or giving the school yearbook an unauthorized glow-up, Nate’s genius for trickery always earns straight As.

Based on the hit Big Nate TV show on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon, Big Nate: Prank You Very Much features stories from two shorts and two complete episodes. In “The Pimple of Power,” a honkin’ zit on Nate’s forehead unexpectedly becomes the most miraculous good luck charm in school history. In “Time Disruptors,” Nate and his pals channel a legendary team of superheroes to rescue Francis from the clutches of P.S. 38’s obnoxious archrival, Jefferson Middle School. Two short stories showcase Nate’s unmatched prank-pulling flair along with his hilarious response to a school picture day gone horribly wrong.

Combining the animated series’s full-color artwork with the hand-drawnillustrations  so familiar to fans of Big Nate comics, Prank You Very Much packs a serious comic punch!


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  1. I haven’t read a Nate book in quite a while, but I sure enjoyed the ones I’ve read. Maybe I can check this one out. Thanks for the review.

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