Big Nate Goes Banana! has a listed age range of 7 to 12 but we really think they are selling themselves short…this book has truly made its way through the family. Our 8-year-old daughter had first crack and it and really enjoyed it. Then it made its way to our 12 year old son and myself as we traded it back and forth for a few days as we both read it. The biggest praise that we can heap on this book as well as the whole Big Nate series, is that this is the second Big Nate that has made its way in our high school boy’s backpack.
The school year is winding down, and Nate can’t wait for summer vacation: baseball, beach trips, and…overripe bananas? Yuck!
Turns out Nate has a problem with fruit that’s past its prime. And that’s not all that’s bugging him. Kim Cressly is making Chester jealous at Nate’s expense, Artur is challenging him in the Hunny Bursts mascot contest, and his replacement social studies teacher is none other than Coach John. In banana terms, it’s all left Nate feeling a little bruised. Can he make it to summer without slipping up?
Join Nate and the gang for more shenanigans in this newest collection of Big Nate comics!
We get stories of baseball, mascots, and many more Nate stories, but we found the most compelling story was the one that happened between Ellen, Nik and Gordie. It gives us the feel of what it is like to be the younger brother in the family and see what is happening at the high school level. We get all of the fun Nate stuff as we always do as well as his personal take on when a banana is to be eaten. All in all another winner from Lincoln Peirce as we will read this Nate goodness a few more times each for the little funny things we may have missed the first time around. We were also happy to see School Picture Guy, Uncle Ted, and Coach John make their appearances in the book.