Peirce, Lincoln. Big Nate and Friends. Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC: Kansas City, 2011. Print.
Big Nate and Friends is not set up like a traditional graphic novel. There is not a wide overarching theme throughout the entire book, nor is it divided into chapters. This book is instead set up like a collection of comic strips with a certain number of strips containing four panels that are connected and then a “Sunday” style strip that is bigger than the regular strips and that also breaks the panel conventions. Big Nate and Friends tells the story of sixth-grader Nate, a typical middle school boy dodging strict teachers, trying to get girls to take him seriously, all while playing chess. Nate has the help of his two best friends, Francis and Teddy, the ones who have seen him through all of his craziest moments, yet still seem to go along with whatever crazy plan he comes up with next.
Visual and textual style: black and white, traditional four panel layout with exception of “Sunday” type strips, large type, realistic, conversational
Potential readers/appeal factors: set in middle school, romance, school life, fans of the Captain Underpants series and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books will like Big Nate, friendship, humor, similar to Calvin and Hobbes
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