Publication Order of Big Nate Books
|Add More Babes!||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|I Smell a Pop Quiz||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|From the Top||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|In a Class by Himself||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Strikes Again||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Boy with the Biggest Head in the World||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate On a Roll||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Out Loud||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate and Friends||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Boredom Buster||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|What Could Possibly Go Wrong?||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Fun Blaster||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Here Goes Nothing||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|All Work and No Play: A Collection of Sundays||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Goes for Broke||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Makes the Grade||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Flips Out||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate: Game On!||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Dibs on This Chair||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Makes a Splash||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Pray for a Fire Drill||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|I Can't Take It!||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate Doodlepalooza||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Big Nate: In the Zone||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Great Minds Think Alike||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Mr. Popularity||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Laugh-O-Rama||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Crowd Goes Wild||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Great Minds Think Alike!||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Say Good-Bye to Dork City||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
What could be the reason why the comic strip Big Nate written by the author Lincoln Peirce became a big hit to most number of readers is because how easily people in general can relate to the story. It is about a young boy in his six grade who has interest in almost everything but not in education, in the real sense. People are aware about the need for education and learning from school but it is somehow difficult for everyone to find the interest in loving what is taught at school by heart. If it isn’t for the constant reminder by parents and of course the enjoyable company of friends found at school, there wouldn’t be that much people attending classes. That is how Big Nate saw life.
The Rebellious Young Boy
If there is anything that Big Nate is good at, that is getting into the nerve of everyone he chose to. Starting from those at their home up to his teachers in school, he is considered the biggest headache. However, despite is naughty ways Nate is considered to be a gifted young boy who has talents in art and known to be the Renaissance man at their school. The typical boy who knows he has exemplary talent but is not getting the kind of attention he thinks he deserves who then decides to give them the greatest challenge he can think of and a taste of his sarcasm.
How Big Nate Came To Be
Nate Wright, the real name of the character written by the talented author Lincoln Peirce was not supposed to have a story based on school humor. Instead, this was supposedly about how a single father raised his children and how he managed to handle each of his children despite challenges. However, the author being a writer decided to change how the story runs and shifted it to school humor. Being a teacher himself, he is aware of how fun and interesting it is at school and how children bearing “Big Nate’s” attitude become the apple of the terror teacher’s eyes.
The story has its own twists and bits of spices since it does not only focus on the mischief of the lead character. The young boy also has his love interest, a girl named Jenny Jenkins, whom he is absolutely sure that one day will fall for him just like the way he does. The young boy’s heart has been captured since they were in grade one but unfortunately the feelings does not seem to be reciprocated. If there is anything the young girl feels for Nate, that is not fondness towards the leading man in the comic strip. Although this gives him a charming effect, his unbelievable list of detention records and daily antics at school cannot be ignored. Day by day, Big Nate makes sure that his pranks and pandemonium is successful and it tops the last one he did.
The Young Boys
Nate of course belongs to an inner circle consisting of him and his two close friends Francis and Teddy. They have similar attitude and can be called partners in crime. They belong in a band called “Enslave the Mollusk” along with Artur who is said to date the biggest crush of Nate, Jenny. Artur may be a part of their band however he is also considered the rival of Nate not only to Jenny’s feelings and attention but to the school’s chess team. Artur is said to be intelligent and before he moved to the US from Belarus, he holds the record as Boys’ Age-Group Chess Champion. Coming from a foreign country, the boy does not speak perfect English and has a thick accent but his simplicity and kind nature makes him popular to the girls which irk Nate. He is considered by Nate as a friend but he also feels annoyed by the fact that most girls are interested with this kind of boy who he sees as very awkward and seem to be a loser.
The Teachers Pet
What seems to be Nate’s favorite pastime is to come up with his social studies teacher Mrs. Clara Godfrey-Lessard’s nickname. He called her Queen Kong. Animal Planet and Venus de Silo and he spread it out to everybody that his most hated mentor has stingy onion breath. The boy has numerous teachers he loathes but Mrs. Clara Godfrey-Lessard has the top spot. The school librarian, Mrs. “Hickey” Hickson is also his nemesis since she never tolerates impertinence inside the library or anywhere at school. She often sends Big Nate to detention just like his social studies teacher.
Not everyone at school is treated by Nate and his gang as their enemies though. The principal of P.S.38, Principal Nichols is very well liked by the children at school and even with a menace like Nate, he goes along with most of the students at school. There is also their math teacher Mr. Staples who is fond of giving out “corny knock-knock jokes” to anyone who stops to listen. Then there is Mr. Galvin whom Nate is almost so obsessed in making him laugh. One line makes the teacher crack into laughter though and that is when Gina, one of the students at school mentions to him that Nate believes that he believes he will be included on the honor roll in the coming days.
What makes it so Appealing to Readers?
Humor always amuses people but with Big Nate, the kind of laughter it provides has a different kick. Schools often houses variables of students that has different to almost impossible to understand kind of behaviors and that makes each one of them unique. In Nate’s, what makes him stand out from the rest is because his naughtiness is not the only thing he can come up with. He also has other capacities and skills other than sending his teachers over the top due to him being a menace.
Even at their own home, Nate also manage to turn his father’s and his sister’s life up-side-down. The series of books released containing stories about Big Nate’s adventures and mischief’s has proven that there is a good laugh on each page the book contains. The twists and turns of the story where the young boy becomes the easy target of his teacher’s preying eyes makes it really entertaining. The audacity of Nate’s character has captured the many readers because this kind of story is not far from the truth. Almost everyone who lifts a copy of the book and starts to read it will be able to find a part of his life, may be a personal one similar to one of those being told.
About The Big Nate Series of Books:
The Big Nate Series (By Lincoln Peirce) is an American comic strip that is featured in over 200 newspapers in the United States of America and can be also found online in a website called comics.com. Although it is mainly a comic series, it has evolved into a child friendly series that provides not only laughs to its readers but a chance to in a way experience a zany existence of a mischievous 11 year-old that is neither offensive nor incoherent allowing it to be a good read even for younger children.
Big Nate, a Closer Look
The American comic strip is the brain child of comic author and illustrator Lincoln Peirce. The comic strip series was first published on January 7, 1991 starting out as just a comic strip. Since then, it has made its way into many newspapers as well as being adapted into other publications like comic collections, book series, activity books, and some children’s books. It even has its very own stage musical adaptation.
In the span of 23 years the series has produced and published eleven print collections, seven book series and 4 activity books. The very print collection was published in 1992 only a year after it was first introduced. The first print collection was entitled Add More Babes! And it was released on January 6th of 1992. The second collection came in 2001, some 9 years after the first, but then releases of the collections were coming out more frequently having several in a year.
The Big Nate Books
While for the book series the first two books that received publication was in 2010. The first book was entitled Big Nate: In a Class by Himself and it was released on March 23, 2010. The first book’s reception was great, so much that it was nominated for a Children’s Choice Book Award by the Children’s Book Council in the following year. The second book was called Big Nate: Strikes Again and it was published on October 19, 2010. Both books were published by Harper Collins and both received positive reception from most critics.
The Big Nate Series (By Lincoln Peirce) went on to publish 4 more book series up to the recent time. All four books, like their two predecessors, have received generally positive reviews from both readers and critics. There is also a seventh book series scheduled to be published in the early quarter of 2015 and its working title is Big Nate Lives It Up. It is scheduled to find itself on the bookshelves on March 10, 2015. It is something to look forward to since the series has become known for its great acclaim and positive reception.
The activity books adapted from the Big Nate Series (By Lincoln Peirce) is a recent addition to the Big Nate franchise. Publishing of the activity books started in 2011 and is still continued today.
The Big Nate Musical
In May of 2013, the already popular Big Nate Series (By Lincoln Peirce) had made its way into another form of media. The popular comic strip title was adapted into a musical and it was debuted at the Adventure Theatre MTC in Maryland. The production featured Nate in another comical adventure featuring a Battle of the Bands competition. The musical received a generally positive reception from critics.
What is Big Nate?
The Big Nate Series (By Lincoln Peirce) follows the life and times of Nate Wright, the main protagonist and of the comic series. It features the adventures, often misadventures of Nate as a sixth grader in P.S. 38, the setting of his comical exploits along with his teachers and classmates. The series also focuses on his home life along with his family and friends. The comic mainly touches on the humour associated with his various friendships and relationship with the people around him as well as their particular life circumstances.
The Big Nate Big Names
Nate Wright – The hero of the Big Nate book series and comic strips is Nate Wright, an energetic and lively, often mischievous sixth grader. He describes himself as a genius when it comes to comics and is often deluded with the idea that he is destined for fame and fortune. He has convinced himself that his love interest from school, Jenny, would one day fall madly and deeply in love with him. He is infamous for his wacky tendencies in creating mayhem wherever he goes, make situations awkward, maintaining an indomitable detention record, and pulling off some of the most insane pranks. But his character is also smoothed out with unusual almost funny flaws such as his fear of cats.
Mrs Clara Godfrey – is better known as Nate Wright’s most hated enemy. He considers her his own personal nemesis. She is Nate’s social studies teacher and is the one who he butts head with the most. Nate affectionately endows her with several nicknames such as Venus de Silo, Dark Side of the moon, and the more humorous, Godzilla and Lady Gargoyle.
The Wright Family – the wright family consists of 6 members including Nate. Other family members are namely Marty Wright, his middle-aged, divorced father, Ellen, Nate’s fifteen-year-old, “obnoxious” (well, at least for Nate), sister, Ted, his uncle, And, Vern and Marge, who are Nate’s and Ellen’s grandparents. The most notable Wright is Nate’s sister Ellen who he never seems to connect on any level. She aggravates him the most because of the fact that all of Nate’s teachers wish Nate to be more like Ellen, something that he hates hearing.
Francis “Butthurst” Pope and Teddy “Square Root” Ortiz – are known as number one friend and number “1A” friend respectively. Although they are without a doubt Nate’s best friends they don’t always share Nate’s views. Like their relationship with their teachers in particular, Francis is known to be friendly with Mrs Godfrey despite Nate’s disapproval.
Jenny Jenkins – Jenny is Nate’s long-time crush in the series. However, she does not reciprocate these feelings. In reality, despite Nate’s staunch hope, she holds a resolute loathing for Nate, who is obviously oblivious or rather blind to this fact.
There are many other characters in the Big Nate Series (By Lincoln Peirce) ranging from family and friends to classmates and teachers and some other minor characters. They, along with Nate, who plagues everyone around him with practical jokes and sarcastic remarks make up the Big Nate world and bring life to this comical adventure.