- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Karen Pokras Toz
- Audible.com Release Date: November 8, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A3ND82Q
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
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Nate Rocks the World Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The family scenes are priceless, one after another. Mom's cooking is to be avoided at all costs; when Nate snags an invitation to dinner at his friend Tommy's, it's like a miracle. And her lousy cooking is only trumped by her sewing, since his Mom always insists on sewing his Halloween costume. And instead of store-bought Valentine's Day cards Mom insists in pasting cards together using construction paper and heart-shaped doilies, and Nate has to write something on every one ... the drudgeries of life!
When Nate gets paired with his classmate Lisa Crane to work on a science project, his worst fears are realized. Not only will he have to work with the dreaded Lisa, who tells her mother EVERYTHING, and then Lisa's mother of course tells Nate's mother everything, too. Not only that, but he will have to sacrifice two Saturdays in a row to sit at the dining room table with bossy Lisa and work on the prism project. All this when he had planned to go and see the new Captain Asteroid movie with Tommy. Working with Lisa provides the perfect excuse to escape into a daydream featuring Captain Asteroid aided by none other than Nate Rocks, saving the world. What then transpires in the classroom when it's time for Nate and Lisa to give their presentation is hysterically funny on the one hand, but will make you groan with frustration on the other, because it all seems so real.
The story takes place over a period of several months. Nate's sister Abby is drawn just as colorfully as Nate himself, as is Nate's Dad. The writing in Nate Rocks the World is self-assured and swift-paced, just right for readers who are around Nate's age, and their parents. There are a hundred life lessons woven into the fabric of this lovely story, and it's a story you'll be happy to read over and over. I read the book on my Kindle, but I'm planning to give the paperback to my 13-year-old next week. I'd bet money he's going to love it.
When "Nate Rocks the World" popped up as a suggestion from Amazon, it was a perfect solution. And yes, I really read it out loud with new kitten in lap. I'm pretty sure Nate would approve. He's like that, pretty easy going until it comes to his sister, Abby, who seems to be making her hobby making Nate miserable. His friend Tommy is a good friend, and has a Mom who can cook, however Nate's real escape is in his art. His cartoons are adventurous, funny, and well. . . sometimes more real than the paper they are drawn with. I don't usually give away a plot when I review, and I won't start now, nor will I compare this book and author to others. What I will do is tell you that I love this series for its honesty and depiction of both life, boys, and siblings as well as annoying girl classmates. I love the imagination of both Nate and the story line. As an adult, I would suggest this book for boys and girls. Nate's character is extremely well rounded and I love how the author also gave such depth to her secondary characters. This is a series I will continue to follow! Salvador gives it Five Meows!!!
Reading books for this age group now that I'm a mom is a little weird. In one scene, Nate's father is recalling an incident involving his own father, a marshmallow, and a microwave. My first thought was, "They wouldn't have had a microwave back then." Except that *I* have a ten-year-old, which makes me around same age (if not older than) Nate's parents. And we had a microwave "back then". I know I'm getting old when I'm closer to the age of the parents in the story than the kids.
Poor Nate has to deal with his mom's bad cooking, an annoying older sister, and a tattle-tale classmate, when all he really wants to do is draw. His sister irritated me, and his oblivious parents weren't much better. But I loved that the whole book wasn't a constant complaint about his family. It's not completely horrible in their home, and their Christmas morning traditions sound like a lot of fun. I loved the ending, too, but of course, I won't tell you more about that. :-)
The 10-year-old's review:
It was a really good book. I read it four times. (What he doesn't say is that the afternoon it came in the mail, he and the book immediately disappeared for a couple hours. After he read it, he allowed me to read it, but I had to give it right back.)
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.