Big Nate Out Loud



Will appeal to Wimpy Kid fans and reluctant readers.

What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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

Author:Lincoln Peirce
Illustrator:Lincoln Peirce
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC
Publication date:April 26, 2011
Number of pages:224
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Read aloud:10
Read alone:11

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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 other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written bystan101 May 25, 2012

great book

epic book
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old July 3, 2015


It was a good book but there is sometimes fighting, and there is one joke about beer.


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