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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

Big Nate is in a class by himself! But things don't always go your way just because you're awesome. Nate barely survives his dad's toxic oatmeal before rushing off to school—minus his lunch. He body slams the no-nonsense principal. He accidentally insults his least favorite teacher, the horrifying Mrs. Godfrey (aka Godzilla). And school has barely started! Nate keeps his cool. …

Overall Book Review:

Big Nate:  In a Class By Himself by Lincoln Peirce is the wildly popular and New York Times Best Selling first book in a series.  These books follow in the footsteps of the comic novella style popularized by the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  In this case though, Big Nate was already a syndicated comic strip before he was utilized in the book.  The book inserts comic strip drawings amid narrative and some other illustrations.  The book’s characters are middle-schoolers, but the target audience is elementary students.  Nate is an underachiever with all the cliche middle-schooler traits and attitudes.  The story follows a single school day and has a meager and transparent plot.  The artwork is catchy and as shown by the sales figures, it proves irresistible to kids.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Verbal threat to punch; the following events portrayed in comical fashion–character slips and falls, characters whack each other with books, a character gets a pie smashed in his face.

Sex/Nudity:  Comic-style picture of characters kissing

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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Sex/Nudity
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10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!