Big Nate Strikes Again


Life hasn't changed much for sixth grader Nate Wright. He's still in Mrs. Godfrey's class, he's still Randy the bully's favorite target, and the thought of Gina sends him over the edge. With Nate it's hard to tell what's worse: being paired with Gina for a project, having his fleeceball team named Kuddle Kittens, or constantly ducking Randy. One thing is cool though: all the stuff he's learning about Ben Franklin!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A humorous, mischievous boy, pranks, and plenty of action combine in a story bound to tempt even the most reluctant reader.

Content Awareness Factors:

Why do books for boys always have to suggest that school is awful?

Young Reader Reaction

The second she saw another Big Nate book, my daughter started devouring it. It was gone in an afternoon ... and re-read the next day. Her favorite thing is to read something, laugh, and then come show us what she's laughing about.

Parent Reaction

I can't say that Nate is my favorite character - too much getting-out-of-school-work attempts for my taste. Still, there are humorous elements and the book is styled to keep kids turning pages. Nate does get wrapped up in his Ben Franklin project ... a little light in that tunnel! The illustrations keep the story going and the actual text-heaviness of the page is lost on the kids.

Type of Book:
This is a cross between an illustrated chapter book and a graphic novel.
Educational Themes:

Nate's interest in reading more about Ben Franklin is a great example to readers that they need to find something that interests them. You could parse this story into several themes (not the least of which is bullying), but it's really meant for pleasure reading.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 10
Age of child:
Read by a 9-year-old girl.

Title Big Nate Strikes Again

Big Nate, Book 2

Author Lincoln Pearce
Publisher HarperCollins © 2010
Illustrators Lincoln Peirce
ISBN 9780061944369
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.99
Genres Humor, Comics | Graphic Novels, Growing Up
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