Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This is Volume 24 (!!!) of the big Nate books. It does not disappoint. All familiar characters are back: Teddy, Chad, Gina, Sherman the hamster, Francis, Dee Dee, Mrs. Godfrey, Spitsy, Nate’s Dad, the School picture guy and all of your favorites. Their familiarity contributes to the charm and humor of the Nate stories. In this one Nate wants to train to be a soccer goalie who will make it into the National leagues with Coach John as coach (!), he reluctantly helps his class celebrate the dreaded Mrs. Godfrey’s birthday, he tries to get a girlfriend by giving every single girl in the school a valentine and, of course, much, much more.
Peirce has been drawing the big Nate cartoons for twenty-five years now; you’d think he may have lost some of the humor and expressiveness but no, not a bit.
Bonus: big Nate poster included!
Anything you did not like about the book? I did not find it as funny as previous big Nate books but that may only be me.
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who is a big Nate and/or Lincoln Peirce fan will decidedly grab this book as fast as they can.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you are a fan of big Nate, yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: 2/22/2021