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Big Nate: What’s A Little Noogie Between Friends? Review

big_nate_whats_a_little_noogie_between_friendsBig Nate: What’s a Little Noogie Between Friends? By Lincoln Peirce

Andrwes McMeel Publishing, 2017. 978-1-4494-6229-1

Synopsis: Lately it feels like Nate has been on a losing streak – literally. His soccer team loses to a team with a record of 0-60, the basketball team gets pounded by a future superstar, and his beloved Jenny is moving to Seattle. What is it going to take to make Nate feel like a winner again?

Why I picked it up: I wanted a quick read to take with me on a weekend trip.

Why I finished it:  At its heart, Big Nate is a much about friendship as it is about anything else, and in this volume of collected comics it looks like friends is what Nate needs most. Because, really, who else is going to make him feel better when it seems like the whole world is falling apart? While Teddy, Francis, and Chad don’t always share Nate’s world view, they are always there to put things in perspective – whether Nate will come around to their point is anyone’s guess. Like Nate, we have all experienced the frustration of having a losing season with our sport team or had a hard time transitioning when a friend moves away. But we can have confidence that there will still be friends and teachers there to pick us up when we are down and support us through the good and the bad and the things that we think are pretty much the end of the world but probably not really…maybe. What I liked about this collection was that it felt like it was growing up a little bit. Nate may be perpetually in middle school, but that doesn’t mean Peirce can’t grow him and the other characters as the comic goes on. The stasis is what makes the comic fun, but it is the little truths about life and growing up that help to make a connection with the reader. It’s another quick, humorous read that is guaranteed to help make the reader feel like a winner even when they are down in the dumps.

Other related materials: Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: I Can’t Take It! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate’s Greatest Hits by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Welcome to My World by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Say Goodbye to Dork City by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Game On! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate Makes the Grade by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate Out Loud by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce; My Weirdest School books by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot; Timmy Failure books by Stephan Pastis; Middle School books by James Patterson and Chris Tebbits, illustrated by Laura Park; Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

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Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs Review

big_nate_revenge_of-the_cream_puffsBig Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs by Lincoln Peirce

Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016. 978-1449462284

Synopsis: Here come the Cream Puffs!  Nate and his baseball team, saddled with the most embarrassing moniker in Little League history, want to show the world they’re not just a bunch of cupcakes. But it won’t be easy. Their opponents mock them. The local sports section misprints Nate’s name—THREE TIMES. And now, on the day of the big game, illness and injuries have the team facing a crushing defeat . . . unless the unlikeliest Cream Puff of all can come in from the bullpen and save the day.from Amazon.com

Why I picked it up: I’m loving this comic so so much!

Why I finished it: Nate is still the man when it comes to everything – or so he would like to think. He’ll take on most any challenger in order to prove he’s the top dog. Except maybe Kim and her new cuddle bunny Chester. That’s just too much physical damage to even think about. Whether it’s kicking Gina’s butt at chess or trying to earn participation points by getting coffee for Mrs. Godfrey, Nate never fails to express his trademark charisma and charm that will keep readers endlessly entertained. We continue to identify with Nate’s struggles to get through middle school: dealing with over-exuberant teachers, trying to stay away from the bullies, trying to win the girl of your dreams back, pondering why he didn’t make the list of school hotties…. Peirce’s art is still just as lighthearted as his stories, using bright colors and thick lines to entice the reader into the book’s pages. It’s a perfect end-of-the-summer read as we start to head back to school.

Other related materials: Big Nate: What’s A Little Noogie Between Friends? By Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: I Can’t Take It! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate’s Greatest Hits by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Welcome to My World by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Say Goodbye to Dork City by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Game On! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate Makes the Grade by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate Out Loud by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce; My Weirdest School books by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot; Timmy Failure books by Stephan Pastis; Middle School books by James Patterson and Chris Tebbits, illustrated by Laura Park; Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

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Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka Review

bignate_thunkathunkaBig Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce

Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016. 978-1449462277

Synopsis: Sixth grade can be a tension convention for Nate Wright.  His baseball team’s just been given the lamest name in Little League history; he’s on the verge of becoming know-it-all Gina’s personal servant for a day; and Spitsy, the closest thing he has to a dog of his own, is in love with a CAT.  Yup, Nate’s up to his ears in stress.  Luckily, the perfect remedy is close at hand:  an empty plastic soda bottle.  All Nate has to do is drum it gently against his head — thunka, thunka, thunka — and the pressures of dealing with Coach John, Mrs. Godfrey, and the terrifying Kim Cressly begin to fade away.  Who knew an empty bottle could be so therapeutic? – from Amazon.com

Why I picked it up: What’s not to love?

Why I finished it: This is some seriously funny stuff. The pressures of middle school can be overwhelming sometimes, and this collection really hits on some of the everyday things that can make life seem overwhelming: pop quizzes, trying to deal with a girl who likes you when you don’t like her, trying to get the attention of the girl you like, parents, siblings, friends, classmates…. Sometimes it just seems like the world is out to get you. Lucky for Nate, he’s got the magical power of sheer determination, nerves of steel, and a plastic bottle to beat against his dad’s head. It’s what’s helping him deal with his baseball team being re-named the Cream Puffs and being nice to Mrs. Godfrey for a whole week so that he won’t get detention, not to mention the fact that the school secretary stole his idea to write a fight song for the school. Peirce gets another ‘A+’ for his work, mixing fantasy with reality and a unique brand of humor to get readers hooked for life. So sit back, relax, and relieve a little stress of your own while you follow Nate through his latest series of antics. It’s a book that will have you cheering for more.

Other related materials: Big Nate: I Can’t Take It! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate’s Greatest Hits by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Welcome to My World by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Say Goodbye to Dork City by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Game On! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate Makes the Grade by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate Out Loud by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs by Lincoln Peirce; My Weirdest School books by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot; Timmy Failure books by Stephan Pastis; Middle School books by James Patterson and Chris Tebbits, illustrated by Laura Park; Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

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Big Nate: Welcome to My World Review

big_nate_welcome_to_my_worldBig Nate: Welcome to My World by Lincoln Peirce

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

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Big Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City Review

big_nate_say_goodbye_to_dork_cityBig Nate: Say Good-bye to Dork City by Lincoln Peirce

Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015. 978-1449462253

Synopsis: Nate Wright is pretty cool. Wait, scratch that: he’s rockin’. So what could make him even more cooler? Hanging out with Marcus and his crew? Writing more haiku about Brazil Nuts? Figuring out how to get in good with the Principal? But that’s beside the point. Nate’s out to conquer the social hierarchy of P.S. 38 and come out on top.

Why I picked it up: I loved Greatest Hits and I was eager to read more about Big Nate’s shenanigans.

Why I finished it: This book is full of laughs, fun, and everything we love about Big Nate books. Nate is still just as competitive and simultaneously clueless as ever, but his unique way of looking at the world is what endears the reader to Nate. On the one hand, the world is his oyster, and he wants to live it up every opportunity he gets – if only Mrs. Godfrey wasn’t out to get him! On the other, he’s never satisfied with well enough. There’s always a limit to be pushed and a line to cross…and if anyone can find a way to get away with out-of-the-box thinking, it’s Nate. We feel for him when he sees the cool kids and wants to be just like them. We totally empathize with the fact that his teachers seem to be cramping his style. Peirce’s style is reminiscent of the classics Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes, but he has a flair all his own. The personalities of the characters definitely come out in the drawings and the color palate, which helps to emphasize the humor of the collection. It’s a great read for all ages that will keep you laughing from cover to cover.

Other related materials: Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate’s Greatest Hits by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate Makes the Grade by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: I Can’t Take It! by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Welcome to my World by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate and Friends by Lincoln Peirce; Big Nate: Game On! by Lincoln Peirce; Middle School books by James Patterson and Chris Tebbets, illustrations by Laura Park; Frank Einstein books by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs; Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney; Dork Diaries books by Rachel Reneé Russell; Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey; Timmy Failure books by Stephen Pastis; Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja books by Marcus Emerson; The Quikpick Papers books by Tom Angleberger; Origami Yoda books by Tom Angleberger; My Life series by Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian

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Big Nate’s Greatest Hits Review

big_nates_greatest_hitsBig Nate’s Greatest Hits by Lincoln Peirce

Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015. 978-1449464899

Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Nate Wright is no one-hit wonder. He’s the king of Monopoly, the Michelangelo of P.S. 38, and a Cheez Doodle poet extraordinaire. He’s a sixth-grade superstar—at least, that’s what he tells everyone—and he’s going all the way to Number One. Whether he’s having an imaginary near-death experience, creating another hilarious episode of “Doctor Cesspool,” or meeting the girl of his dreams at summer school, Nate’s always at the top of the charts. – from Amazon.com

Why I picked it up: I’d been hearing good things about this comic and I wanted to check it out for myself.

Why I finished it: This book has a little bit of everything for everybody – action, comedy, romance, unparalleled insight into the mind of a genius…okay, maybe the last one is a little bit of a stretch, but it’s hard not to admire Nate’s sarcasm, wit, and confidence. Everything he does – well, most everything he does – has his particular stamp, which has the reader laughing from page one. I’m sure we all had parents that were a little bit weird, those teachers we didn’t like, the teachers we tried to suck up to, the crushes on a special someone, the annoying sibling, and of course, the best friends. The characters are charismatic and the reader is drawn into their middle school world. Peirce’s illustrations are very much akin to the classics like Calvin and Hobbes and Peanuts in their styling: simple lines and basic shapes varied here and there by the occasional change in hair style or clothing. The book collects three e-book only collections that by themselves are brilliant in their insight into the mind of a sixth grade boy and his friends, but together make for good times and lots of laughs. The comic may be centered around a middle schooler, but these strips have something for all ages.

Other related materials: Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce; I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Laura Park; House of Robots by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Juliana Neufeld; Timmy Failure books by Stephan Pastis; Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney; Origami Yoda books by Tom Angleberger; Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja books by Marcus Emerson, illustrations by Noah Child; Secret Agent Sixth Grader books by Marcus Emerson, illustrations by Noah Child; The Genius Files books by Dan Gutman; Dragonbreath books by Ursula Vernon

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