Big Nate Flips Out: Big Nate, Book 5

 
Nate cleans up his act to save a friendship in funny read.

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Educational value

Nate and his friends work together as a team in the Trivia Slam. Readers will learn what "ailurophobia" means and may be inspired to practice for a trivia match.

Positive messages

Friendship takes work, and Nate and his classmates make a great effort to patch up their differences and help each other. He and his friends work together as a team: to solve a theft, improve the yearbook, and compete in the Trivia Slam. Despite all the teasing and social anxieties of middle school, Nate stands up for his friends.

Positive role models

Nate gets in a lot of mischief, but he's a good kid. He means to do well, and he's a good friend. For all the teasing, he recognizes his classmates for their strengths and good qualities. His dad is understanding and loving, and even one of the teachers -- the librarian -- comes through for Nate, reigning in a bossy yearbook editor. 

Violence & scariness

A bully kicks a student until Nate tackles him. There's a lot of teasing.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Big Nate Flips Out, the 10th title in the humorous Big Nate series, centers on public embarrassment. Nate humiliates his best friend by accidentally revealing a sworn secret in public, and he wants to take candid photos for the yearbook just to catch people in unflattering moments. But the takeaway is reassuring: Everyone feels embarrassed sometimes, and it usually isn't a big deal. There's a fair amount of teasing and name-calling of kids and ridiculing of teachers, but older elementary and middle school kids will feel right at home in Nate's world.

What's the story?

Nate's sloppiness is causing him all sorts of trouble with his teachers -- and then it leads to a huge fallout with his best friend, Francis. So the spirited sixth-grader tries hypnosis in a bid to repair their friendship. It works almost too well: Nate is suddenly a darling among the teachers. He's an A student. He has no detentions. He's even tapped to be a hall monitor. But he's miserable and Francis still isn't talking to him. To make amends, Nate confronts a bully, catches a thief, and sticks up for his friends.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Like the other books in the popular Big Nate series, there's a fair amount of sophomoric humor and mocking students and teachers in BIG NATE FLIPS OUT. Before he's hypnotized, Nate is a regular in detention and a frustration to his teachers. You may not want your kids to emulate Nate, but they certainly will empathize. Beneath the butt jokes lies a sweet message about learning to laugh at yourself, as well as at others. And once you get past his mischievous manner, Nate is a good kid who sticks up for the underdogs when it counts.

The mix of narrative text and comics -- some representing Nate's work -- make for a lively, funny read. Author Lincoln Peirce again works in some secret code, inviting kids to engage on a closer level.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how a long-running series keeps momentum. The Big Nate website (see "External sites" in the right-hand column of this page) has games, videos, a blog, and publicity material, and the books include a sneak peek at the next planned book.

  • When Nate is neat and organized, he gets top grades instead of detention slips. Do you think his work is actually better? What does this say to you about what it means to be smart? What about the way teachers judge students?

  • Nate's comics are often a form a journaling. Try writing a comic based on events in your life.

Book details

Author:Lincoln Peirce
Illustrator:Lincoln Peirce
Genre:Humor
Topics:Friendship, Misfits and underdogs
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Harper
Publication date:February 5, 2013
Number of pages:224
Publisher's recommended age(s):8 - 12
Read aloud:8 - 12
Read alone:8 - 12
Available on:Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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Kid, 11 years old December 16, 2013
age 7+
 

My review for the book: Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln Peirce

Nate, Teddy, and Francis decide to join the Yearbook Club, determined not to make it a disaster this year. Nate wants to be the candid photographer. Francis, as the "teacher's pet", goes and borrows a school camera. He trusted Nate not to brake or lose this camera. They even did a special swear to make sure. But of course, Nate's hoarder habits, the camera is missing, he thinks in his locker. Maybe. When Francis finds out, he is steamed. This is definitely the end of their friendship. Then Nate gets mad, and tells everyone Francis's middle name is Butthurst! Nate is depressed, but Teddy and Dee Dee take Nate to Teddy's uncle, a hypnotist. He hypnotizes Nate into being neat. Then he finds the camera and Nate and Francis are friends again. He takes the camera to the Trivia Slam, where he gets tons of candid pics. And that's about the end of the story! **If you liked this book, you should read Diary of a Wimpy Kid series or the rest of the books in the Big Nate series. I hope this review was helpful!**
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old June 16, 2013
age 7+
 

My Review Of Big Nate Flips Out

Big Nate Flips Out Is The Fifth Book Is The Series Big Nate.The Story Is About Nate,And How His Goal Is To Get Funny Pictures So That Friend Fransis Can Put Them In The Yearbook,Because Fransis Is The Co-Editor.So Nate Needs A Camera.Nate Asks Fransis To Check Out A Camera From Mrs.Godfrey,Because Nate Knows Mrs.Godfrey Won't Ever Let Nate Borrow A Camera.So,Fransis Checks Out The Camera.But,When Nate Loses It,Fransis Gets In Trouble Because He Is The One Who Checked Out The Camera.So,Nate Goes To Teddy's Uncle,Pedro,Who Is A Hypotizer.Nate Asked To Become Hypotized Cause He Can Be Neater.IT WORKS!Nate Becomes Neater!But,When Fransis And Nate Are In The Same Team In A Contest,Will They Stop Argueing?Other Events In The Story Is Secrets,Nick Bloskey,And More.Lots Of Good Role Models,But Lots Of Name Calling.While This Is Not The Best In The Series,Which The Best In The Series In My Opinion Is Big Nate Goes For Broke,It Still Is Pretty Good.
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Great role models
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old March 9, 2013
age 6+
 

Forget wimpy kid!

This was a great book! I used my own money to order this book. It has bits of useful words except for insults. There's a good storyline and other positive things!
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