A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
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.
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 Comics.com. What it the purpose of sites like this one?
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