A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
To earn the top prize, Nate needs to calculate how much money he has to earn, and he learns -- the hard way -- that there are costs to doing business.
Work hard and stay focused to reach your goal. Meddling can backfire terribly. It's important to be a good sport.
Positive Role Models
Nate works hard to earn money, particularly with his efforts to sell his comic book. He sees a man putting merchandise in his bag and reports the apparent shoplifting to an employee. His friend at the comics store praises his book and tries to help him sell it. Nate's rival, Artur, is thoughtful and generous. He remains a good sport and sails through the story without drama. Nate's friends humor him but don't reinforce his narrow view of how the world works. Adults are not very sympathetic to Nate's perspective.
Violence & Scariness
Nate runs into a woman and her dog while he's on his skateboard -- no one's hurt, but the skateboard sails off the bridge. He crashes into a tree while walking a headstrong dog and gets a black eye and is evaluated for a possible concussion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nate tries to spark his rival to take an interest in Gina, but the plot backfires and Nate ends up being teased that he likes Gina -- whom he despises. The detention monitor is immersed in romance books.
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There's no coarse language aside from some low-grade insults such as "pinhead" and "wussy."
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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.
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.
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