Big Nate Flips Out
Everyone knows N-A-T-E does not equal N-E-A-T!
And when Nate’s sloppiness gets out of hand, his best friend, Francis, is in serious trouble.
Can Nate clean up his act, or will he flip out first?
Peirce has a good eye for embarrassing moments. While few students have school pictures that go awry in such an epic fashion, he paints a convincing picture of how Nate's experience goes badly wrong. Middle grade books tend to concentrate heavily on topics like bullying and class elections, so having a plot involving a year book is fresh.
One of the best things about Big Nate books is the excellent mix of pictures and text. I prefer the typeface style font that is used over the faux hand drawn ones that appear in many notebook novels, and there are drawings on every page. This is a huge draw for struggling readers, especially since the drawings do help the text to be understood.
It's hard to find a middle grade reader who doesn't enjoy Big Nate. These books are a little easier than Tommy Greenwald's Charlie Joe Jackson or Angleberger's Origami Yoda series, but slightly more challenging than Watson's Stick Dog books. Now that the paperbacks are available, they are an excellent choice to pick up at the grocery store for a middle school student who is having a particularly bad day and needs some laughs.