I read this book with a group of 4th graders who were studying it for battle of the books this year. It's very well-written in terms of being entertaining and relatable for that age group. However, for my students two things really stuck out that they didn't like. First, they felt like this book was the "boy version" of Dork Diaries. I'll be honest, I'm not sure which book came first--just want to give a ten-year-old's perspective. Second, they thought that although he was sort of funny that Nate was mostly a really big jerk. In fact, while we were reading it my group kept interrupting me to point out just how big of a jerk Nate really was and it became a sticking point that made it a little difficult to move through the book. When asked if they would be reading more Big Nate books they all said "no." As a parent, I can say that there are certainly much worse choices for children to make than Nate. This book is no "Maniac McGee" but it IS funny and should hold the interest of most late-elementary aged readers.