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Big Nate Strikes Again Hardcover – October 19, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Big Nate (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1ST edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006194436X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061944369
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-6–Peirce's second book about Big Nate is clever and funny. For Mrs. Godfrey's newest special project, a research assignment on a great American, the sixth grader gets paired with the perfect A-plus student, Gina. Horrible as this seems, something great also occurs–Nate is picked as a Fleeceball team captain and has a chance to win the coveted Spoffy (Sports Played Only for Fun) trophy. Unfortunately, he is late to the gym when players are chosen, and Gina is on his team. The pacing of the text and the black-and-white comic-book illustrations give the story a fun and carefree rhythm. Readers will be delighted to pick this up and find great characters who will stay with them.–Patty Saidenberg, George Jackson Academy, New York City. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Peirce�s mischievous grade-school hero returns for more misadventures in another blend of easy-reading narrative and comic-strip snippets modeled after the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. In an unbelievable double stroke of bad luck, Nate gets paired with the insufferable brainiac Gina on a class project and stuck with her on his otherwise championship-worthy fleeceball (indoor baseball) team. Lessons are learned and comeuppances are delivered on both sides. This is a hearty dose of low-fiber fun for boys, and Peirce�s cartoon tidbits make the pages fly past with punch lines galore. Grades 3-6. --Ian Chipman

More About the Author

Lincoln Peirce (pronounced "purse") is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist/writer in Portland, Maine. He lives with his wife and two children, and gives lectures to students about cartoon creating. Peirce is the creator of the comic strip Big Nate, that debuted in 1991 and appears in 250 newspapers in the US and online daily at, and is featured on the website Poptropica, His is the author of Big Nate: In a Class by Himself and Big Nate: Strikes Again, the first two books in the Big Nate series, and BIG NATE FROM THE TOP, a collection of the most hilarious BIG NATE comic strips (Andrews McMeel, Fall 2010 pub). Lincoln Peirce was born in Iowa, earned a B.A. from Colby College, a Master's Degree in drawing/painting from Brooklyn College, studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has also taught art Xavier High School in New York. A fan and collector of classic country music, Lincoln also hosts a radio show called South by Southwest, dedicated to honky tonk and western swing, from 8:30 to 10:30 every Monday morning on WMPG (a community radio station in Portland, Maine). A huge thrill of his was interviewing Willie Nelson on board his tour bus a few years ago. You can visit him online at, where Lincoln blogs twice a week.

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Customer Reviews

This book is so enjoyable for kids.
really fun for kids to do. and it's epick
The AR reading level is 3.0 and even though Nate is a 6th grader, based on my experience I'm pretty sure 3rd grade and older will enjoy this book.
Beverly L. Archer
It is a very good book because of the motion and action pictures were great too.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Book Sake VINE VOICE on October 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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I love the idea of mixing the art of comics inside a book to get kids reading. Diary of a Wimpy Kid has done that and Big Nate is also formatted in a similar way.

Big Nate is a middle school student who gets into enough trouble to create interest but not so much as you wonder what in the world he's thinking. He has two buddies that are along for a laugh and often at his expense. And guess what? There is some girl trouble that keeps the story interesting. The girl in this story happens to be Gina, his archenemy. The two get paired up for a report on Ben Franklin, and that part of the story truly delivers a bit of educational content. But when they get paired up for a sports team Gina has the nerve to name the team without the okay from her team captain, Big Nate.

The second book is easy enough to pick up even if you've missed the first book and it is geared for those on a 2nd to 5th grade reading level. The plot isn't heavy. It's not something that you'll learn great life lessons from. What it does, and does well, is gets kids reading who might not normally be into reading. The change from text to comic so often keeps the reader interested and moves the story along with the visual clues that some kids need when reading at this level. Don't think this one is just for boys either. My eight year-old daughter saw the book arrive and immediately offered to do the book review for me. She's next to read it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beverly L. Archer VINE VOICE on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I received an Advance Reader's Copy of Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Pierce. I did not receive any compensation for reviewing this book.

Kids who love Greg Hefley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid are going to love Nate Wright. Parents will probably like Nate better.

Based on the comic strip "Big Nate" this series details the trials and tribulations of 6th grader Nate Wright. Nate finally has a chance to win the coveted SPOFFY Trophy (Sports Played Only For Fun). He's been selected as a team captain for fleeceball - an indoor version of baseball. But nothing ever goes smoothly. Kept after school by a teacher, Nate is unable to make it to the meeting to pick his team. He lucks out and his best friends Teddy and Francis are on the team, but so is his archenemy - A+ know it all Gina! Not only does he have to put up with Gina on his fleeceball team, he's paired with her on a social studies project. Can things get any worse or more hilarious?

The humor in this book is definitively age appropriate. As an elementary librarian I spend a good deal of time around young children. The humor is right on target, but it's not so obnoxious (as some kid like humor - Captain Underpants for example - can be) that adults will not enjoy it as well. I love Jeff Kinney and his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. But lets be honest, I think I like Nate better. (Don't worry I'll still anxiously await any new Wimpy Kid books.) Nate is one of those likeable characters. Always up to something, but so charming you can't help but like him. If you work in a school, you know what I'm talking about.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I received an Advanced Readers' Copy of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Big Nate Strikes Again is a book about Nate, Gina, Francis, Teddy, and Randy. Nate is on a Fleece ball team with Gina, but she is ruining it. Will Nate ever win the championship? Will Gina improve?

Big Nate Strikes Again is very funny. Read this book if you need a big smile and laugh.

This book is very long and very cool. It has comics, graphs, stats, and games.
And guess what I don't like about this book? NOTHING! I like everything inside the book from the beginning to the end!

Read every SINGLE WORD inside this book! Do not miss any word! (from a seven years old)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was a very entertaining, funny and exciting book. Not the best book for kids under 3rd grade, but a must-read for 4th through 6th graders! I enjoyed this book and will definitely read more of the Big Nate books. I think it is just a little bit better than the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. One of the best books I have read so far. Great job Lincoln Peirce!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SeussFan on November 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Author Lincoln Peirce follows up his popular book Big Nate: In a Class by Himself with another entry chronicling the ups and downs in the life of middle-schooler Nate Wright. With its blend of cartoons and text, it is sure to please fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid as well as reluctant readers.

In this installment, Nate, who has a little trouble applying himself to his schoolwork at times, is paired with Gina, the class brain, to do a report on Benjamin Franklin. Gina ranks high on Nate's list of things he can't stand (along with "crusty dried-up `erasers' that don't even work" and "squishy bananas"). To make matters worse, Gina has signed up for Nate's intramural team to play a game called "fleeceball," a version of indoor baseball using a broom handle and a puffy ball. Though she's an ace at academics, her athletic ability is lacking and Nate is worried the coveted tournament trophy ( mostly made of aluminum foil) will slip from his grasp. The two spar over their respective tasks throughout the novel, but by the end, they've surprised each other with their talents, though they haven't exactly come to a truce.

The book follows familiar middle-school territory, but the cartoons and humor make for a fast and enjoyable read. Expect readers to be waiting eagerly for the next in the series.
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