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Big Nate on a Roll Hardcover – August 16, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
Book 3 of 7 in the Big Nate Series

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“Big Nate is funny, big time.” (Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy KidJeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

“[T]he slickest of this series...On a roll indeed!” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Nate is often compared to Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid and will appeal to the same audience, he bears more resemblance to the tricksters of folklore...the interplay between text and pictures remains fresh, as does the distinction between Peirce’s cartoons and Nate’s own cartoons.” (The Horn Book)

Praise for BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF: “Nate’s persistent good cheer and moxie make him a likeable new proxy for young misfits.” (Booklist)

Praise for BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF: “Laugh-out-loud” (School Library Journal)

Praise for BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF: “Though Nate may not achieve the fame he seeks with his classmates, this sharp-witted and unflappable protagonist just might find it with readers.” (Publishers Weekly)

Praise for BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF: “Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or of Nate himself will savor P.S. 38’s most beleaguered hero.What carries the day are the zany illustrations and unflagging enthusiasm of Nate himself.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Praise for BIG NATE: IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF: “Thank goodness sequels are planned!” (Kirkus)

Praise for BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN: “The millions of Wimpy Kid fans will be thrilled to find another cartoon buddy to read about, this good-hearted king of detention.” (Horn Book (starred review))

Praise for BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN: “Fans will be in heaven; thank goodness number three is already on the way.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN: “Even the most jaded middle-schooler will find much to laugh about here.” (Horn Book Magazine)

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Big Nate is on a roll!

Nate’s a big deal in his scout troop . . . until Artur—aka Mr. Perfect—joins up. Now Nate’s stuck in second place. And Artur means business.

Will Nate take the grand prize? Or wipe out, big time?

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 440 (What's this?)
  • Series: Big Nate (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061944386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061944383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on August 17, 2011
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Nate is a boy who is a Timber Scout. This year the Timber Scouts are selling wall hangings. The grand prize for selling the most is a new skateboard. Nate wants to win the skateboard, but he has some competition. BIG NATE ON A ROLL is gut-busting fun for the whole family. I couldn't stop myself from laughing at the comics Nate drew about what was happening in his life. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I have loved reading books since I was four. Now I am an active nine, and for me to like a book it has to be a good one. This one was so good I read it twice!!!
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Big Nate...one of the best comics ever known (you might not agree with me. But that's ok, right?). I have read lots of Big Nate and the end result is always good. There are also lots of biggies in this book...you wish to know? Alright, I shall. Get ready to know the things. 1, Nate gets in detention by Artur (Nate helps Artur with painting something. Doesn't end all that well.). 2 Nate's skateboard gets drowned in the river (Nate's skateboarding and he gets caught by a lady walking her dog. I mean, what's up with THAT?). 3, Nate then finds out Arthur's in the scout troop that Nate, Francis, Teddy, and others are in. Now before I start going chit-chat, Arturs Nate's archenamy (however you spell it.). So Nate basically hates (or dislikes, however you put it.) Arthur. So then he heads home and Francis comes with him (Artur was offering rides home, but Francis said no thanks.). Then Nate finds out they are doing a fundraiser with warm fuzzies (no idea what they are. Who cares anyway.). 4, Nate wants to know the prizes, but Francis has a guitar lesson. So then he has to go. But he says they are on the back of the buchore (whatever.). So then there is third. It is a robot that plays songs. Nah. Second. A telescope. No thanks. But then the GRAND prize. A make-your-own skateboard. Then Nate gets fired up. He wants to win that skateboard. So then he says he'll convince people to buy them. I could go on and on, but I don't want to spoil EVERYTHING. I hope you enjoyed this review about this Big Nate book. I hope you have a good time reading this book. Happy year and reading to all of you fellows! 😉 one more thing: who doesn't like
->🍩🍪🍮🍧🍨🍭🍬🍫 yum! I'm Stephanie Cotton, by the way. I'm ten years old and I live in Willistion, Vermont. Nice to meat you!
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As always, I love the Big Nate books. This one still gets 5 stars, even if it wasn't quite as wonderful as the first two. It didn't have as much of a moral to the story as the others had, but it was still a great read. I prefer it to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books as I like Nate better as a character. I have no problems recommending this to any child. The drawings and journal aspect make it easier to read for reluctant readers, and it really is funny!
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Am I becoming jaded? My current students enthusiastically recommended the Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce to me and so this week I read Big Nate on a Roll. The book wasn't terrible. In fact, it was okay. I even agree with my students who repeatedly told me, "It's funny!" But that's all. It's nothing special.

While reading Big Nate, I kept trying to figure out what Greg of the Wimpy Kid series has over Big Nate. I connected enough with Greg that I bought the set, watched the first movie, and read the first book with my students. Nate, not so much. But why? I know that both main characters dislike school, caricaturize their peers, develop a romantic interest, and mostly look out for themselves. In other words, neither character has much in the way of redeemable qualities, yet do bear strong resemblances to real middle-school boys. But of the two, Greg has more attitude. For instance, while Nate works hard every day for the chance to win a skateboard, Greg either wouldn't even try or would resort to trickery. And as such, Greg is more interesting and unique.

And there's the lack of memorable moments. Anyone who has read the Wimpy Kid books knows about the dreaded Cheese Touch; no such legends exist in Big Nate. Rather, Big Nate is about detention, lost skateboards, fund-raising, matchmaking, a school play, and a rare comic. All of these escapades were mildly entertaining but, alas, none of these compel me to seek out more of Big Nate.
The one memorable thing about Big Nate on a Roll is memorable for the wrong reason. Nate's nemesis is a boy named Artur, who is described as having "broken English" and an "accent." In other words, the only multicultural character is "the bad guy." Was this necessary?
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As a general rule, I pooh-pooh "graphic" novels. To me, that's a euphemism for comics (Archie, anyone?) and really, all kids should be reading LITERATURE!!! Enter in one of my twin boys. He's a "reluctant reader" who took to Nate. He begged me to read Nate. Months of procrastination later, I picked on up and was surprised to find that I thought the books were honestly funny and, so long as the parent discusses with the child the meaning of sarcasm, irony and sardonic wit (and how that's all great in a book but NOT GOOD in real life) then the books are not only harmless, but a solidly constructive step towards reading "real" books. I know, readers of my review will be appalled at my literary snobbery. What can I say. I am a wanna-be erudite.

So, for "reluctant" readers, especially boys, this would be a relatively benign choice (v. Wimpy Kid which I don't like as much). For any other child, this is a reasonable addition as a funny alternative to literature. These would be good on a family vacation when everyone relaxes with a book in the afternoon. I would say target age is from 7-10ish. My boys are 8 and 10 and loved them.
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