Exciting Big Nate news, and as you know we are huge Big Nate fans here, is that Nickelodeon is going to do an animated series. What we find very interesting is that the show is going to have all new storylines so that fans of the book will still be getting new content based on the characters. Nate is totally relatable to the slightly older tween crowd that will consume the content and this seems like a great move from Nickelodeon. Not only do you have the built-in fans from the books, but an animated show that will appeal to kids that are in school, which means all of them, will be a win.
We are surprised that it has taken this long to get an animated version of Big Nate, but we know that Nickelodeon will be able to do it justice. You can find a bunch of the books reviewed here at BSCKids and we are looking forward to Nate’s new adventures of the animated variety. Please though, include some nods back to the book stories as the one where Nate finds the perfect goal is absolute gold. This is huge news!
BEST-SELLING BOOK TITLE BIG NATE GETS ANIMATED IN BRAND-NEW NICKELODEON SERIES
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Nickelodeon is taking the misadventures of Big Nate from page to screen with an all-new animated TV series based on the best-selling children’s books written and drawn by acclaimed author and cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. The eponymous 26-episode series follows Nate, a precocious 11-year-old boy, and his best friends as they navigate sixth grade with humor and style. Big Nate will be produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.
“Big Nate is a book title I’ve wanted to translate into a series for a long time, and I am so happy this awesome, super-funny character is coming to Nickelodeon,” said Ramsey Naito, Executive Vice President, Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon. “All of creator Lincoln Peirce’s slightly unruly, but entirely relatable characters share Nick’s same creative DNA, and we can’t wait for them to join our amazing family!”
The TV series will feature brand-new original storylines centered on Nate and his mischievous shenanigans that usually result in disaster, detention or both. Whether trying to convince everyone that their school is haunted to get out of a test, or accidentally setting the pet iguana free in the school’s air ducts, Nate and his friends cause trouble everywhere–and must keep their cool before they get caught.
“With the greenlight of this show, Nate is getting one step closer to achieving true awesomeness,” said Peirce. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Nickelodeon on new adventures for this unlikely sixth-grade hero.”
The Big Nate TV series is executive produced by Mitch Watson (All Hail King Julien) and John Cohen (The Angry Birds Movie), with Peirce serving as consultant throughout development and production. Bridget McMeel is co-producer.
Peirce’s humor-based books about Nate and his friends have spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times’ Best-Seller list. The Big Nate book series (https://bignatebooks.com/) is published worldwide in 33 languages and available as ebooks and audiobooks and as an app, Big Nate: Comix by U! Additionally, the Big Nate comic strip is syndicated by Andrews McMeel Syndication and appears in more than 400 newspapers and online daily at www.gocomics.com/bignate. The Big Nate comic strip books are published by Andrews McMeel Publishers and the Big Nate novels are published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.