Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

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Big Nate: in a Class by Himself
AuthorLincoln Peirce
SeriesBig Nate
GenreFiction
PublisherHarperCollinsPublishers
Publication date
2010
Media typePrint (Paperback and Hardcover)
Pages224
ISBN0061944343
LC ClassPZ7.P361Bi 2010
Followed byBig Nate: Strikes Again
 
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Big Nate: in a Class by Himself
AuthorLincoln Peirce
SeriesBig Nate
GenreFiction
PublisherHarperCollinsPublishers
Publication date
2010
Media typePrint (Paperback and Hardcover)
Pages224
ISBN0061944343
LC ClassPZ7.P361Bi 2010
Followed byBig Nate: Strikes Again

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself is a children's novel set in the Big Nate universe, written and illustrated by Lincoln Peirce. It was published in 2010 by HarperCollins and was nominated in 2011 for a Children's Choice Book Award by the Children's Book Council.[1]

Plot[edit]

6th Grader Nate Wright is dreaming when he wakes up to another ordinary morning of his life: breakfast, his annoying sister Ellen, and school. Believing that there will be a test that day, Nate becomes afraid of failing and having to attend summer school. Nate attempts to forge an excuse note, only to be caught by one of his friends. Nate confesses to the forgery, to which Francis replies that there was no test scheduled for that day. At home Nate's friend Teddy gives Nate a fortune cookie, which tells him "TODAY YOU WILL SURPASS ALL OTHERS". Despite previously not believing in fortune cookies, Nate chooses to believe what the fortune claims. During the school day Nate gains detention slips for making up insulting names about his least favorite teacher Mrs. Godfrey, as well as yelling at his nemesis Gina for publicly humiliating him for writing a love letter to his crush. During Mr. Rosa's art class Nate sees that his rival Artur's picture has received the spotlight instead of his own picture, causing Nate to attempt to convince his teacher to place his (Nate's) picture in the spotlight instead. When Mr. Rosa refuses, Nate attempts to swap the pictures outhimelf, only to get caught and get his third detention slip of the day. After that Nate attempts to gain attention by eating 45 slices of pizza in ten minutes, only to discover that pizza is not being served in the cafeteria that day. Instead Nate is encouraged to eat 148 servings of green beans, one of Nate's least favorite foods. The record setting is cut short when the school principal notices the commotion and yells at Nate to clean the mess. Principal Nichols ends up slipping in a puddle of juice, causing Nichols to give Nate both a lecture and his fourth detention slip of the day. As a result Nate ends up being late for PE. Nate attempts to wash the bean taste out of his mouth, only for water to spill onto his gym clothes, making it appear as if he'd wet himself. Unable to find any other gym shorts, Nate grabs a pair of large shorts, which ends up belonging to the substitute gym teacher. Nate is forced to run sprints and is given yet another detention slip. In math a pop quiz is assigned, which Nate appears to just barely have finished in time. After the time is up, Nate discovers that the quiz was double sided and that he'd only done the front side. Nate attempts to finish the quiz, only to get caught by the math teacher. Both parties tug on the quiz paper, only for it to rip and cause Nate to receive another detention slip. During science class Nate attempts to get the teacher to laugh via several pranks, only for his pen to get confiscated by the teacher. When the pen stains the teacher's shirt, Nate ends up laughing hysterically, prompting the teacher to give Nate another detention slip. At the end of the day Nate has to report to detention, only for the supervisor Ms. Czerwicki to inform Nate that he has "surpassed all others" in having the most detention slips. Upon realizing that his fortune had "come true", Nate becomes happy and on his desk signs "Nate Wright, School Record Holder", not respecting the no writing on desks rule.

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Reception[edit]

Booklist and Publishers Weekly praised Big Nate: In a Class by Himself,[2] with Publishers Weekly calling the character of Nate "sharp-witted and unflappable".[3] Kirkus Reviews recommended the book as a read for "fans of Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid", stating that Pierce "skillfully and often hilariously imports his comic-strip character into a full-length story."[4] The School Library Journal also gave the book a positive review, stating that "Kids will love Nate and all the trouble he gets into" and recommending it as a way to entice children into reading.[5][6]

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