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Nate the Great and the Stolen Base Paperback – February 1, 1994
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★ “Kids will like Nate the Great.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review
“A consistently entertaining series.” —Booklist
“Loose, humorous chalk and watercolor spots help turn this beginning reader into a page-turner.” —Publishers Weekly
“Nate, Sludge, and all their friends have been delighting beginning readers for years.” —Kirkus Reviews
“They don’t come any cooler than Nate the Great.” —The Huffington Post
About the Author
MARC SIMONT won the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Uldry, as well as a Caldecott Honor for his own book, The Stray Dog. He illustrated the first twenty books in the Nate the Great series.
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There are some very, very good middle grade noir books that feature a middle grade Sam Spade style detective, and I like them because the tight plotting, snappy dialogue, and clean style is not only entertaining but a good model for young readers and writers. Well, this is basically a chapter book version of that that has the same virtues.
Here, we have the usual pals this time around, including Annie, psycho-dog Fang, Oliver the pest and strange Esmeralda.
The writing is crisp, which fits perfectly with the noir style and with an early reader's need for sharp, clean, punchy sentences. There is dry humor. There are appealing sidekicks and supporting characters. And, unlike a lot of sloppy mysteries, these books are built on real clues, rigorous logical thought, and common sense. On top of all that, Nate actually displays a bit of that Sam Spade weary hero character that makes noir so special. These really are amongst the most accomplished and stylish of the chapter books and are a happy find.
Please note that I found this book while browsing in our local library. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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