Parents' Guide to

Big Nate: From the Top

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Comic-strip collection makes middle-school trials relatable.

Book Lincoln Peirce Humor 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

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 was....pg 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.
age 18+

Grooming children

This book has zero educational value. I was highly disappointed this was checked out to my second grader at school. After he had read it, I decided to scan through the book and see why he liked it so much. We had a discussion about how treating women like objects instead of human beings is wrong. We also discussed how Nates’ dad should have taught him to respect women instead of participating with him looking at inappropriate pictures and objectifying women. I agree with a previous comment about this book being inappropriate for children and planting seeds in children’s minds.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Kids who aren't big readers or who themselves feel like outsiders will take well to both Big Nate graphic novels like Big Nate in Class by Himself and comic strip collections like this one. Much like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing for previous generations, BIG NATE: FROM THE TOP focuses on a marginalized middle schooler doing his best to get through the daily grind of teachers, classmates, and life as a preteen. Nate isn't the greatest role model for boys — he spends a lot of energy trying to get out of things, goofing off, and worrying about impressing girls or staying out of trouble. However, he's a smart kid with a quick wit, the sort who is likely to find his niche a little later than others.

The Big Nate books are easy to read, relatable, and sympathetic to clever outcasts. Parents who've struggled to find a good literacy connection point for their middle-school boys may have luck here, where there are some good lessons about humor and clever problem-solving that can shore up confidence in reading, and at school.

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