Big Nate Out Loud

Book review by
Kristen Breck, Common Sense Media
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Will appeal to Wimpy Kid fans and reluctant readers.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational value

Good choice for reluctant readers and comic book/ graphic novel fans.

Positive messages

Things might not always work out the way Nate expects, but he has an unshakable belief in his own ideas.

Positive role models & representations

Nate is upbeat despite the troubles he inadvertently causes, and he is cheerful even though he doesn't do well in school. Nate's dad is a single parent and spends good time with Nate. They play baseball and golf, and deal with awkward situations together. 


One strip shows Nate and Teddy physically fighting.


An article that Nate wants to write is, "A Search for the School's Most Bootylicious Cheerleader."  In Cartoon Club, the kids draw girls and make cat-calls at them, such as "Hel-LO" and "Rawr!"  Someone refers to actress Melanie Griffith  as a "sexy young minx." 




"Cripes," "puke," "lametastic." One P.E. coach calls the boys "ladies" and "Nancies."


Many media references such as YouTube, Nacho Libre, plus celebrity names like Melanie Griffith. Also, PeptoBismol mentioned.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

One joke about beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book is a collection of comic strips that were published in papers and on the Web between April and November of 2007. Nate is also the main character in several novelized books. Parents also need to know that these comics are fairly innocent, though Nate does not love school and there is some irreverent humor. Reluctant readers may find this a fun, fast read.

User Reviews

Adult Written bystephenreviews123 February 25, 2018

This is the best!!

It has cripes in it though, which is a reference to Jesus Christ, but other than that, it's a good book.
Teen, 13 years old Written bystan101 May 25, 2012
Teen, 13 years old Written byIsaac T November 8, 2014

Great book, but has mature content.

This is one of my favorite comic books. However, there is a fair amount of mature content. Also one violent scene, but nothing serious.

What's the story?

In this collection of Big Nate comic strips, sixth grader Nate has a series of adventures: Among them, he gets hypnotized, tries to make his science teacher laugh, helps his dad train for a 10K race, starts a band, devises pranks for the last day of school -- and lands in detention. Things might not always work out the way Nate expects, but he has an unshakable belief in his own ideas.

Is it any good?

Nate's adventures will remind readers of those of Diary of Wimpy Kid's pubescent protagonist, with plenty of middle school humor and antics to thrill teens. Of course, this installment, like the other books in the series, is also sure to appeal to younger readers. And that's OK:  While there is some edgy humor and iffy behavior, BIG NATE OUT LOUD is mostly an innocent, fun comic romp.  Nate has a good dad, steady friends, and mostly good intentions -- despite the fact that he does not excel in school and often lands in detention. In the end, this is a good choice for comic book and graphic novel fans as well as reluctant readers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reading cartoons as "books." How is the reading experience different with comics than it is with text? How would this book have been different if it were written like a regular novel?

  • Families can talk about the Big Nate website, which offers games, videos, publicity, and a links to What it the purpose of sites like this one?

Book details

For kids who love graphic novels and comics

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