Review: The Complete Big Nate #1

Title: The Complete Big Nate #1
Author: Lincoln Peirce
Genre: Comics
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

The Complete Big Nate collects every daily and Sunday cartoon ever syndicated. Presented in a numbered series of e-books, each containing one year’s worth of strips, this is a goldmine for all Big Nate fans to see many cartoons that have never been published in books. Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate. As a popular middle-grade book character, Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, has a habit of annoying his family, friends, and teachers with his sarcasm.ced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.


I kept seeing these books everywhere, so I decided to give it a try. This is a funny collection of Big Nate comic strips.

I had never read Big Nate comics before reading this collection. The stories were fun. Nate goes through life as an ordinary kid who loves to draw. He reminded me a lot of the Diary of a Wimpy kid series because he has some of the same observations about school and life as Greg in that series. Nate makes funny caricatures of his teachers, friends, and family, just like Greg does.

I was surprised when I got to the end of the book and discovered that it was written in 1991. I thought it was much more recent than that because the stories seemed very current. It would be a great read for kids today because the stories were so funny and relatable.

What to read next:

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Big Nate Novels #1) by Lincoln Peirce

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1) by Jeff Kinney

Have you read The Complete Big Nate #1? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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