Sunday, July 11, 2010

Big Nate in a Class by Himself

Big Nate in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce (NY: Harper, 2010).

Yes, it's blatant imitation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but Peirce's book is a fun read and worth handing to reluctant readers who need that extra push to try a book. Big Nate is superconfident and expects greatness in his life, so he's always surprised when he gets less than stellar outcomes for his efforts. When a fortune cookie indicates that "today you will surpass all others," he's sure he'll be a millionaire--or maybe something better. Little does he consider that "surpass" can go two ways, and while his day certainly spins wildly out of control in hilarious directions as he tries repeatedly to fulfill the cookie's prophecy, he has to admit he does surpass everyone in the end!

Super drawings and goofy situations makes this a great read for boys and girls, ages 8 & up.

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