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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate on a Roll is sure to entice reluctant readers with its funny blend of misadventures and comic-style art. Nate is a poor role model -- he's unreasonably competitive and doesn't take responsibility for his actions -- but young readers are far more likely to laugh at him than emulate him. Nate's hatred for Artur is rooted in jealousy, and the fact that Artur seems like a nice kid and is well-liked only reinforces Nate's view. Nate doesn't learn much from his trials and tribulations in this third book in the Big Nate series.
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What's the story?
After losing his skateboard in an accident, sixth-grader Nate Wright is desperate to win the skateboard prize for selling the most Warm Fuzzies for the Timber Scouts. The only problem is lucky, perfect Artur, whom Nate blames for making him blow his attendance record at scouts and for hogging his would-be girlfriend. Nate sets out to best Artur and win the skateboard -- and hopefully the girl, too.
Is it any good?
With its blend of middle school humor and comics, the Big Nate series is a great choice for reluctant readers, particularly boys. The inside covers invite readers to join in the comics-making fun -- perhaps inspiring more creative efforts after reading the book is done.
BIG NATE ON A ROLL sees antihero Nate Wright motivated to work very hard toward his goal: to win the skateboard. But he's so focused, he's blinded to the potential cost of his actions. He always takes things just a little too far and doesn't know when to quit. His frustration is easy to understand, and kids will giggle as they see him blunder time and again. Although Nate doesn't learn much from the experience, readers will be wiser.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Nate's role in his misfortune. How much is Artur responsible for?
Why do you think the Big Nate series is so popular? Is it the humor, the drawings, the Nate character, the relatable situations?
Why do Nate's dad, his teachers, and other adults seem so hard on him?
- Author: Lincoln Peirce
- Illustrator: Lincoln Peirce
- Genre: Humor
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
- Publication date: August 16, 2011
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 224
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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