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Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things. But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome. Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what. He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so. For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things. But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome. Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what. He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so. For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher's pet.


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Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things. But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome. Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what. He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so. For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things. But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome. Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what. He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so. For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher's pet.

30 review for Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

  1. 4 out of 5

    The Reading Countess

    Multiple Choice: A) Big Nate is a comic strip appearing in more than 200 newspapers and online daily. B) Big Nate is the nickname my middle son earned from his football coach C) Big Nate reminds me of my oldest son, who also doodles and lacks focus (but who is ultimately a likable and smart guy) D) Big Nate will be hard to keep in my classroom library once it is booktalked E) All of the above Answer: E

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenna

    Nate Wright is actually rather a cruel character. I was tremendously disappointed in the kid. Reading him saying that "Mrs. Godfrey is fat!" and then thinking to myself, "Well, this is supposed to elicit a laugh from children," really disturbed me. I felt bad for Mrs. Godfrey. I felt that Nate deserved his punishments, but als felt that - as an adult - he's not the kind of kid I'd want my child playing with. He's not one I'd trust alone with a young reader because of his rudeness. A parent shoul Nate Wright is actually rather a cruel character. I was tremendously disappointed in the kid. Reading him saying that "Mrs. Godfrey is fat!" and then thinking to myself, "Well, this is supposed to elicit a laugh from children," really disturbed me. I felt bad for Mrs. Godfrey. I felt that Nate deserved his punishments, but als felt that - as an adult - he's not the kind of kid I'd want my child playing with. He's not one I'd trust alone with a young reader because of his rudeness. A parent should really opt to sit in with a child reading this story, asking the young reader how he/she thinks the abused characters feel with regards to Nate's constant insults and put-downs. (Isn't that a bit extreme? I don't know... Although, it is clear that kids have enough bullying instincts as it is without promoting it through the actions of a book's "hero." To make such obvious, hurtful comments into a makeshift joke... well, it just isn't nice.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aisyah ♡

    I grew up reading the big nate comic strips, and this book made me feel like this All fuzzy and warm inside :) Still not over Sir Andy Dwyer/Agent Burt Macklin, F.B.I/Johnny Karate. I'll miss you and April always... I grew up reading the big nate comic strips, and this book made me feel like this All fuzzy and warm inside :) Still not over Sir Andy Dwyer/Agent Burt Macklin, F.B.I/Johnny Karate. I'll miss you and April always...

  4. 5 out of 5

    J.T. Dutton

    I dislike that there are so many great books for children. My frustration is a result of having a daughter who now handles most of her reading choices for herself, and a son who is well on his way. Neither kid is coming to me for my help, or even my opinions or suggestions anymore. Big Nate in Class by Himself arrived in a package addressed to me, so I grabbed it and fled to the bathtub so I could have firsrsies. When my family asked me what was making me laugh, I said that I was cutting my toen I dislike that there are so many great books for children. My frustration is a result of having a daughter who now handles most of her reading choices for herself, and a son who is well on his way. Neither kid is coming to me for my help, or even my opinions or suggestions anymore. Big Nate in Class by Himself arrived in a package addressed to me, so I grabbed it and fled to the bathtub so I could have firsrsies. When my family asked me what was making me laugh, I said that I was cutting my toenails. When they asked what was taking so long, I said I would be out in a little while. I finally emerged and handed Big Nate off to my eight year old daughter. She disappeared. Snickers could be heard through her bedroom door. An hour later she reappeared and told me her favorite parts of the story. Nate is a boy who has a lot in common with my son Cass. He has a wayward way of viewing life, an attention grabbing sister and a couple of screwball friends. I think Zoe and I enjoyed getting a little peek at Cass's interior life through Nate. Meanwhile, Cass caught sight of the copy of the book his sister and I had been keeping from him. The interesting drawings made him turn one page then another. I don't know when I'll see him again. Too bad. Like Nate, he is a really entertaining kid.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katja

    I will never understand the anti-intellectual agenda a lot of Americans have. Nate is essentially anti-school, anti-education and he constantly makes fun of "geeks" and "nerds". My kids love the book, but I omitted a lot of the judgemental labels Ned applied to his fellow students. Shouldn't kids in books be role models up to a certain point? What is wrong with enjoying learning and school? On top of that Nate is not a very good or kind person. He is pretty selfish, self-centered and he gloats a I will never understand the anti-intellectual agenda a lot of Americans have. Nate is essentially anti-school, anti-education and he constantly makes fun of "geeks" and "nerds". My kids love the book, but I omitted a lot of the judgemental labels Ned applied to his fellow students. Shouldn't kids in books be role models up to a certain point? What is wrong with enjoying learning and school? On top of that Nate is not a very good or kind person. He is pretty selfish, self-centered and he gloats a lot. I don't know, I guess I shouldn't over-analyze this, but I just wish that sometimes fun, comic book / children's book characters from American authors would be a bit more pro learning. I have the same issues with Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants (although I'm a huge fan of the latter, just the depiction of Melvin Sneedly annoyed me a little, although you could argue that he is kinda a nasty kid). Still, as a nerd myself I do take depictions like that personally - and just as a short side note: Every person worth knowing in my opinion has a geeky side to them and the people I am friends with now were more like the nerdy characters from those books everyone makes fun of. Just saying.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Raymond

    There's a subgenre of children's books I derisively call the "cash grabs." They're your celebrity books, your knockoffs, your derivative stuff. I know Big Nate has been a daily comic for some time, so it's not so much a "cash grab" type book like so many Wimpy Kid clones, but the chapter books...well, they sure feel like it. This is the first chapter book installment of Big Nate. Nate's a bit disorganized, a bit of a troublemaker, a bit of a clown. This book follows him through one school day as There's a subgenre of children's books I derisively call the "cash grabs." They're your celebrity books, your knockoffs, your derivative stuff. I know Big Nate has been a daily comic for some time, so it's not so much a "cash grab" type book like so many Wimpy Kid clones, but the chapter books...well, they sure feel like it. This is the first chapter book installment of Big Nate. Nate's a bit disorganized, a bit of a troublemaker, a bit of a clown. This book follows him through one school day as he does something no one else has done before him. It's a pretty standard story, no real twists or surprises, nothing too scandalous. I think that might be what bothers me the most. Where Wimpy Kid felt new and fresh, this feels like a bit of a retread, and one that stays well within the margins to boot. It's serviceable, and I can see quite clearly why it's as popular as it is, but it doesn't give me that good feeling inside about it. Maybe the comic is more subversive? Maybe this really is a cash grab and my cynicism isn't really doing what it's supposed to. There are two more out with one more getting published shortly. These are very quick reads, so I'll probably at least give the next one a shot and see if it finds its own legs. Considering the hype, though, this was a disappointment.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex_E1

    This is the first Big Nate book I've ever read. It is about Big Nate himself as a middle schooler, getting into trouble and thinking on the positive side of problems. I think this is a great book because it perfectly summarized a middle school students' life and it made me thought that this was something that's true, Big Nate was real! I can connect this book to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the setting is the same, their family situation is the same and surprisingly they even got the same grade, D. In This is the first Big Nate book I've ever read. It is about Big Nate himself as a middle schooler, getting into trouble and thinking on the positive side of problems. I think this is a great book because it perfectly summarized a middle school students' life and it made me thought that this was something that's true, Big Nate was real! I can connect this book to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the setting is the same, their family situation is the same and surprisingly they even got the same grade, D. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg complained about his family: his brother and his mother. Greg also complained about school work and daily things. Such as complaining about his best friend "betraying" him, getting the wrong present for Christmas. In this book, Nate was better than Greg, he only complained, acted aggressively to the teachers and his sister. He complained about the difference between him and his sister. He complained about how all of his teachers are bad, he is just like a 7th grader. A fake but real one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Drew B.

    Big Nate is Hilarious. He finds out he's Destined for Greatness in the most Detention Slips. Big Nate is Hilarious. He finds out he's Destined for Greatness in the most Detention Slips.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

    This series was extremely popular at the elementary school where I worked, so I thought I'd check it out. I was really disappointed. Nate isn't very likable and he's constantly complaining about school and his teachers. At one point he says "Teachers are such dopes sometimes. And by "sometimes," I mean "always." As someone who has worked in education for 10 years, I found this offensive. I was expecting more from this book and won't be recommending it to my students. This series was extremely popular at the elementary school where I worked, so I thought I'd check it out. I was really disappointed. Nate isn't very likable and he's constantly complaining about school and his teachers. At one point he says "Teachers are such dopes sometimes. And by "sometimes," I mean "always." As someone who has worked in education for 10 years, I found this offensive. I was expecting more from this book and won't be recommending it to my students.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Raafi

    "Teachers always say they'll be happy if you just do your best. But when you TRY to do your best, they don't LET you. Something about that just doesn't add up." Mwahaha. Gambarnya bagus. Ceritanya sederhana. Berakhir menyenangkan. Paling tidak, Nate merasa senang. Terhibur. Sangat. Ulasan ala-ala: http://bibliough.blogspot.co.id/2016/... "Teachers always say they'll be happy if you just do your best. But when you TRY to do your best, they don't LET you. Something about that just doesn't add up." Mwahaha. Gambarnya bagus. Ceritanya sederhana. Berakhir menyenangkan. Paling tidak, Nate merasa senang. Terhibur. Sangat. Ulasan ala-ala: http://bibliough.blogspot.co.id/2016/...

  11. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    This was actually a re-read. While my beloved paperback copies are stored somewhere in India, KU has made (only #1) available so I was just taking advantage of that :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chantelle

    My 8 year old son begged to read this & I was hesitant. All I can say now is that we are BOTH very glad I took a chance and read it to him (and the rest of the series) before bed every night (he read on his own at other times). Surprisingly, this was the first book (in a REALLY long time) that literally made me laugh out loud - repeatedly!! I WILL admit that Nate - the way he thinks, acts, and his imagination - is extremely similar to my son so, I'm sure that influenced how often I laughed. Altho My 8 year old son begged to read this & I was hesitant. All I can say now is that we are BOTH very glad I took a chance and read it to him (and the rest of the series) before bed every night (he read on his own at other times). Surprisingly, this was the first book (in a REALLY long time) that literally made me laugh out loud - repeatedly!! I WILL admit that Nate - the way he thinks, acts, and his imagination - is extremely similar to my son so, I'm sure that influenced how often I laughed. Although Nate is disrespectful to his father and has a general disdain for school & education, the "tongue in cheek" writing style communicated that his attitude wasn't really ideal for yourself. Also, I didn't find anything in the books that was unrealistic for a school-aged child to think, feel, do, and experience. In fact, it reminded me of my own elementary and middle school "life". Even though I didn't approve of Nate's attitude toward his dad, school, and adults in general, because my son my son identified with this character, I seized the opportunity to have discussions about the importance of education, respect, appropriate behavior, bullying, friendship, and a host of other topics. If your child is in this stage of life and appreciates a good story and a good laugh - I confidently recommend these books. (BTW, my son is now 11 and STILL reads these books!)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maddison

    This is a really funny book. It's a very quick read but a great read. I would recommend this book for all ages as it is a very simple read. This is a really funny book. It's a very quick read but a great read. I would recommend this book for all ages as it is a very simple read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Vennard

    i think this book is a four because Nate is very funny but is not very realistic like that part where nate is looking at baby picture on the school wall.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Louis

    I've read two books of Big Nate, and I like him. In this book, Nate tries to make his fortune come true. And the fortune says, "Today, you will surprise all others." He tries to do his best in his classes. He got a detention report on a pink slip. That's how his fortune came true by getting seven detention reports. The school was surprised. I liked it because there was suspense because...and how he got the detention reports was a little funny. Well, in English class, he got it by insulting one o I've read two books of Big Nate, and I like him. In this book, Nate tries to make his fortune come true. And the fortune says, "Today, you will surprise all others." He tries to do his best in his classes. He got a detention report on a pink slip. That's how his fortune came true by getting seven detention reports. The school was surprised. I liked it because there was suspense because...and how he got the detention reports was a little funny. Well, in English class, he got it by insulting one of his classmates and also he got it by interrupting the class. I like this one more than the first Big Nate I read. This is Louie, over and out!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Precious Boahen

    I thought that this book was just like a jokebook,with a story behind it.Nate Wright is a sixth grader with a lot of spunk.He is also the classroom rebel and the commisioner of teacher nicknames.He knows he is destined for greatness,but he just doesen't know what great thing he will do.So when he gets a fortune cookie from his best friend Teddy,he is afraid of what the cookie will say.Because Nate has a history of crappy fortunes ,he reluctantly opens the fortune.but he is happy at what he reads I thought that this book was just like a jokebook,with a story behind it.Nate Wright is a sixth grader with a lot of spunk.He is also the classroom rebel and the commisioner of teacher nicknames.He knows he is destined for greatness,but he just doesen't know what great thing he will do.So when he gets a fortune cookie from his best friend Teddy,he is afraid of what the cookie will say.Because Nate has a history of crappy fortunes ,he reluctantly opens the fortune.but he is happy at what he reads. It says he will surpass all others that very day. Through the day Nate tries to surpass all others by setting world records,trying to be the best drawer,and even trying to make Mr.Galvin laugh!!!!But all he gains is multiple detentions.At the end of the day as he walks down the hall to the detention room, he counts all his detentions.1,2,3,4,5,6,7. 7 detentions. When he shows them to Mrs.Czerwicki,she tells him that he has established a school record for most detentions.All in all,nate did surpass all others

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lars Guthrie

    Lincoln Peirce has been penning the 'Big Nate' comic strip since the early 90s, so you can't accuse him of ripping off 'Wimpy Kid'--completely. Clearly, Peirce saw an opportunity and took it. More power to him. Despite an addiction to junk food, a propensity to get into trouble, a fear of locker rooms, and a generally cynical outlook on adult behavior, Nate is not a carbon copy of Greg Heffley. His hair is thicker. Refreshingly, his two best friends are brighter than he is. They poke fun at Nate Lincoln Peirce has been penning the 'Big Nate' comic strip since the early 90s, so you can't accuse him of ripping off 'Wimpy Kid'--completely. Clearly, Peirce saw an opportunity and took it. More power to him. Despite an addiction to junk food, a propensity to get into trouble, a fear of locker rooms, and a generally cynical outlook on adult behavior, Nate is not a carbon copy of Greg Heffley. His hair is thicker. Refreshingly, his two best friends are brighter than he is. They poke fun at Nate, unlike Heffley's hapless confederate, the low-wattage Rowley. Like 'Wimpy Kid,' 'Nate' uses all the elements that draw a certain audience: risque humor, lots of illustrations and white space, and an ear for how kids actually think and talk. But Kinney was there first, so 'Nate' won't be quite the blockbuster 'Wimpy' has proved to be. For kids who can't wait until the November release of 'The Ugly Truth,' though, here's something that might keep them reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suraia Munia

    i only started reading the book because it is suggested for diary of wimpy kid fans and jeff kinney said "Big Nate is funny, big time." Honestly Nate is not as funny as Greg but he is not so bad either. I see myself grabbing the other books in the series. i only started reading the book because it is suggested for diary of wimpy kid fans and jeff kinney said "Big Nate is funny, big time." Honestly Nate is not as funny as Greg but he is not so bad either. I see myself grabbing the other books in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Razer

    I liked it when nate got a lot of detentions in almost every chapter.Nate was not a good kid in that book.He should be a better kid.He is in sixth grade and he should know how to behave.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Loren M.

    6th Grader Nate Wright is dreaming when he wakes up to another ordinary morning of his life: breakfast, his annoying sister Ellen, and school. Believing that there will be a test that day, Nate becomes afraid of failing and having to attend summer school. Nate attempts to forge an excuse note, only to be caught by one of his friends. Nate confesses to the forgery, to which Francis replies that there was no test scheduled for that day. At home Nate's friend Teddy gives Nate a fortune cookie, whic 6th Grader Nate Wright is dreaming when he wakes up to another ordinary morning of his life: breakfast, his annoying sister Ellen, and school. Believing that there will be a test that day, Nate becomes afraid of failing and having to attend summer school. Nate attempts to forge an excuse note, only to be caught by one of his friends. Nate confesses to the forgery, to which Francis replies that there was no test scheduled for that day. At home Nate's friend Teddy gives Nate a fortune cookie, which tells him "TODAY YOU WILL SURPASS ALL OTHERS". Despite previously not believing in fortune cookies, Nate chooses to believe what the fortune claims. During the school day Nate gains detention slips for making up insulting names about his least favorite teacher Mrs. Godfrey, as well as yelling at his nemesis Gina for publicly humiliating him for writing a love letter to his crush. During Mr. Rosa's art class Nate sees that his rival Artur's picture has received the spotlight instead of his own picture, causing Nate to attempt to convince his teacher to place his (Nate's) picture in the spotlight instead. When Mr. Rosa refuses, Nate attempts to swap the pictures out himself, only to get caught and get his third detention slip of the day. After that Nate attempts to gain attention by eating 45 slices of pizza in ten minutes, only to discover that pizza is not being served in the cafeteria that day. Instead Nate is encouraged to eat 148 servings of green beans, one of Nate's least favorite foods. The record setting is cut short when the school principal notices the commotion and yells at Nate to clean the mess. Principal Nichols ends up slipping in a puddle of juice, causing Nichols to give Nate both a lecture and his fourth detention slip of the day. As a result Nate ends up being late for PE. Nate attempts to wash the bean taste out of his mouth, only for water to spill onto his gym clothes, making it appear as if he'd wet himself. Unable to find any other gym shorts, Nate grabs a pair of large shorts, which ends up belonging to the substitute gym teacher. Nate is forced to run sprints and is given yet another detention slip. In math a pop quiz is assigned, which Nate appears to just barely have finished in time. After the time is up, Nate discovers that the quiz was double sided and that he'd only done the front side. Nate attempts to finish the quiz, only to get caught by the math teacher. Both parties tug on the quiz paper, only for it to rip and cause Nate to receive another detention slip. During science class Nate attempts to get the teacher to laugh via several pranks, only for his pen to get confiscated by the teacher. When the pen stains the teacher's shirt, Nate ends up laughing hysterically, prompting the teacher to give Nate another detention slip. At the end of the day Nate has to report to detention, only for the supervisor Ms. Czerwicki to inform Nate that he has "surpassed all others" in having the most detention slips. Upon realizing that his fortune had "come true" he had set record at his school for most detentions ever.I think this book should be read by lots more of kids. It teaches life lessons to kids and adults. THE END.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David H

    I think that Big Nate was amazing. This book had multiple reasons why. If you liked comedy and laughter then this book would be just for you. This book is about a middle schooler who hangs out with his friends named Teddy and Francis. Almost every age that I read Made me laugh it was seriously hilarious! Theres also a lot of roadblocks and antagonists like his teacher, Ms. Godfrey or his bully, Chester. I you don't like romance then, I don't think you would like this book. This book also has a l I think that Big Nate was amazing. This book had multiple reasons why. If you liked comedy and laughter then this book would be just for you. This book is about a middle schooler who hangs out with his friends named Teddy and Francis. Almost every age that I read Made me laugh it was seriously hilarious! Theres also a lot of roadblocks and antagonists like his teacher, Ms. Godfrey or his bully, Chester. I you don't like romance then, I don't think you would like this book. This book also has a lot of romantic scenes, with multiple scenes with romantic drama. Overall this book is a 5/5 for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Papavero

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked it its just it was kind of boring because basically every time all Nate does is get pink detention slips. But his fortune was right and he ended up setting a record for most detention slip which was the amount of 7 slips of detention.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gracie

    It was great I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pearce L.

    Hilarious!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    This book was quite humorous. I felt myself laughing quite often. I read one of the books in this series before I read the first one. It was probably a good idea to read the first one first. Now that I have read the first one the one that I read before makes more sense. It is sort of like Diary of a Wimpy kid but I prefer this. I would recommend this to people that like Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    SoulSurvivor

    I am reading a Steven Hawking book on physics , a book about art intrigue from the 1940s , and the usual crime drama of a murderess in remote Iceland in the 1820s . I needed some relief so I picked this up and read it in a day . Now I feel I can go back to the grind . I imagine it was written for 6th to 8th graders , but so what ?!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Ramos

    its a great book its about that nate in his class room his by himself because no one likes him.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    A mediocre book, but Im not the target group. I wish they could translate some things differently so that kids here can relate a bit more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clare Lund

    Not my personal flavor, but I can see the appeal for the right reader. The story is told in half text / half comic strip format. Ages 8 and up.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Weideman

    Primary Book #3 Big Nate: In a Class by Himself 1. This book is one of my favorites. It is an easy, quick read for kids and the illustrations are hilarious. I have read a few Big Nate books to the second grade class that I student taught in and the kids just loved them. They couldn’t wait to check them out in both our class library and the school library. Nate is just such a quirky character who goes through normal kid things that a lot of students can probably relate to. This book starts out wit Primary Book #3 Big Nate: In a Class by Himself 1. This book is one of my favorites. It is an easy, quick read for kids and the illustrations are hilarious. I have read a few Big Nate books to the second grade class that I student taught in and the kids just loved them. They couldn’t wait to check them out in both our class library and the school library. Nate is just such a quirky character who goes through normal kid things that a lot of students can probably relate to. This book starts out with a fortune cookie that says “today you will surpass all others” and that is what Nate tries to do throughout the day. It is a book that keeps you laughing and looking forward to what trouble Nate will get into next. I think this book will appeal more to the boys in the class, but girls as well. 2. The audience for this book would be elementary 2nd-6th grade. It is a chapter book, but a very easy read. I would do this book as a read aloud to my class and discuss daily challenges that kids go through at school or when things don’t go your way. We could discuss problem solving too! Another idea that would be great for this book is literature circles because it would be fun to discuss the different characters. Reader’s theater or a play for different chapters could be another possible application. 3. Adapted Book Review Citation: (2010, March 1) Booklist. http://www.booksinprint.com.leo.lib.u...#

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