Big Nate on a Roll: Big Nate, Book 3

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Jealousy gets Nate into big trouble in third installment.

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Educational Value

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. 

 

Positive Messages

Work hard and stay focused to reach your goal. Meddling can backfire terribly. It's important to be a good sport.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

 

Language

There's no coarse language aside from some low-grade insults such as "pinhead" and "wussy."

 

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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Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaac T January 2, 2015

The third big hit...with a few poor examples.

Nate is sometimes sarcastic and often jealous of a popular student named Artur. Yet he's also strong-willed and extremely determined to reach one goal: win... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 9, 2018

Nate is on the roll!

All the Big Nate books I've read are hilarious; This one is better and milder than the second. Some parents won't like how Nate dislikes Arthur so muc... Continue reading

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?

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  • 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?

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