Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015. 978-1449462260
Synopsis: Nate’s still the man – as far as he’s concerned anyway. So what if he’s got the P.S. 38 all-time detention record and he’s anything but the teacher’s pet? He’s still a genius in his own right that continues to bless his family, classmates, and teachers with his wit, sarcasm, and humor. Whether it’s showing his grandparents around the school or reading too much into his horoscope, Nate’s got everything figured out…well, mostly anyway.
Why I picked it up: I really enjoyed the other Big Nate books and I was excited to read more about the self-described Renaissance Man.
Why I finished it: Nate’s got a little something for everyone, and part of what makes the books so likable. All of the humor and fun that we love about the Big Nate books is here in full force as we follow the adventures of Nate and his classmates through the end of one school year and the beginning of another. Pierce has achieved a balance of seriousness and wit in this collection, featuring one of the most poignant September 11th comics I’ve seen in the last few years. There’s also a story where Nate actually studies for a test – unheard of – that is particularly funny and relatable to quite a few of the readers. The art and the colors add to the fun of the comic, bringing Nate, his friends, and his world to life. It adds to the development of the story and the characters, drawing us in and making us eager for more. This collection is a fun read that can be enjoyed by Nate fans of all ages.
Other related materials: Big Nate: Say Good-Bye to Dork City by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate’s Greatest Hits by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate Makes The Grade by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: I Can’t Take It! by Lincoln Peirce; Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney; Dork Diaries books by Rachel Renée Russell; Timmy Failure books by Stephen Pastis; Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey; Middle School books by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park; Secret Agent 6th Grader series by Marcus Emerson and Noah Child; Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja series by Marcus Emerson, Sal Hunter, and Noah Child