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BIG NATE ON A ROLL by Lincoln Peirce Kirkus Star


From the Big Nate series, volume 3

by Lincoln Peirce, illustrated by Lincoln Peirce

Age Range: 7 - 11

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-194438-3
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Sixth grader Nate Wright needs a new skateboard…but more than that he needs to beat perfect Artur at SOMETHING.

Artur has a nifty foreign accent. Artur has Jenny, the girl Nate likes. Artur charms adults and kids alike, and Nate can’t stand it. What makes it double awful is that Artur is such a nice guy. Infuriating. But Artur IS to blame for Nate’s losing his skateboard…indirectly. Artur dripped paint in Nate’s eye, causing Nate to knock over the ladder Artur was on. Nate got detention (Artur didn’t), and Nate had to hurry on his skateboard to get to Timber Scouts. In the hurry, Nate was clothes-lined by a lady and her poodle, and his board sailed into the river. There is a chance he can win a new board by selling (dorky) wall hangings door to door for Scouts. He just has to beat the new kid in the troop…Artur! Peirce’s third Big Nate chapter book, starring Big Nate (from the comic strip of the same name), is the slickest of this series of hybrid comics-and-text chapter books. Nate’s an artistic, realistic, funny narrator. On a roll indeed!

Plenty of Nate’s homemade comix and panels from his life pepper the story; fans will cheer at the announcement of the fourth volume at the end. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-11)