Reviewed for Third Grade, 2010

Big Nate is definitely not the teacher's pet. But although a fortune cookie told him he's destined for big things, the only thing he seems destined to find is trouble! As Nate tries to claim his destiny, his misadventures and run-ins with adults who just don't seem to understand him will bring plenty of laughs to kids reading along. Big Nate debuted in a syndicated comic strip and Peirce's black and white comics and sketches add a great deal to the story. A natural for kids a little too old for Captain Underpants and a little too young for Diary of a Wimpy Kid. (Harper Collins, $12.99)