Big Nate: From the Top

Book review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Comic-strip collection makes middle-school trials relatable.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 11+

More Sexual Reference Than A Kid Book Should Have

My two older kids read the first three books in the Big Nate series and really enjoyed them. I got books 4 and 5 a couple of months ago, so my 12 year old son read them right away. When my 8 year old son decided to begin reading them, my 12 year old informed me that it might not be appropriate for my 8 year old "because Nate says he and his friend should look at nude pictures". Hoping he was kidding, I had him show me where this 218. While this, and the use of the word "sexy"(pg145), and "hot"(pg161), may be considered "curiosity" in the Sex category on this website, it is disappointing to me that Lincoln Peirce feels the need to include this in books that obviously are read by young children. I'm a parent working against culture to teach my kids that things like "trolling for nudity" and telling girls that "a frisking is in order" is not appropriate. Just another example of children's entertainment stepping unnecessarily across the line.
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age 17+

These books are racist.

I started reading this series to my Indigenous children, and didn’t get past the first chapter before multiple sexist comments and a racist clip referring to “Eskimos”. Absolutely shameful. These books are garbage and the author should be embarrassed to have written it. Do not let your kids read this.

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