YRCA 2014 Review: Big Nate Out Loud

I actually read this a couple of weeks ago and forgot to do a review, so here we go.

Big Nate Out Loud by Lincoln Peirce, unlike last year’s nominee Big Nate in a Class By Himself, is not a graphic novel. It’s actually a collection of comic strips, some of which link together to make short stories about various aspects of Nate’s life.

Much like with the first official installment of the series, I was a little underwhelmed by this book. I was hoping that because it was comic strips that this book would have the clever punchline moments that there was so much potential for in the graphic novel but was missing. And they were there, occasionally, but there were times when I expected one and the opportunity passed. What I did like about the book, though, was that you really got to know more about the minor characters of the book, Nate’s friends, family, teachers,  in a way that just wasn’t possible in novel format of the graphic novel. I really felt like it added more depth and background to the continuing story.

All that being said, I probably won’t pick up another Big Nate book unless I have a particular reason to, like if one’s on the YRCA list again.

Will this book win the Junior Division? It would be a tough battle as it would have to take on a James Patterson, a Diary of a Wimpy Kid, an Amulet and an Origami Yoda. Yeah, good luck.

What I’m reading now: Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger and Dodger (audiobook) by Terry Pratchett.

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