Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Children’s Books: Big Nate Goes For Broke by Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate Goes for Broke (HarperCollins) is the fourth installment in the Big Nate Series. The books are based on the popular comic strip by Lincoln Peirce (pronounced “purse”). A cartoonist who lives Maine, Peirce started the Big Nate comics himself and he still does them. He started the books not too long ago, and has satisfied anticipated readers for years now, growing his beloved spiky-haired character into a popular franchise.

Filled with comics and sketches, Big Nate Goes for Broke is filled with comedy and sarcasm. Not to mention the hilarious face Nate constantly makes when he’s annoyed or being sarcastic. I agree with Jeff Kinney who says that Big Nate is hilarious and perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Peirce also makes this graphic novel fun with codes, games, sneak-peeks and more!

This book in the Big Nate Series is stomach-cramping with its comedy. Nate Wright and his school, P.S. 38, are arch rivals with Jefferson Middle School. They always lose to them, and Nate and his school have had enough. But it gets worse: After a massive water leakage in P.S. 38, the students must temporarily attend class at Jefferson! The kids there are jerks: They ruin Nate’s friend’s medical donut, cause Nate to break his arm, and even cheat at a snow sculpture contest.

What will Nate do? There’s only one way to find out. ◊

Ian Buchsbaum is a kid who loves to read. In fact, the only thing he loves more than reading is writing. He loves writing about books -- and he's already writing one of his own.



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