Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday--Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz Book Review

Summary from goodreads:  Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan’s life as a fourth grader appears to be completely doomed. Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things. Follow the quirky and imaginative adventures of ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge as his cartoons come to life. 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really liked the book because whenever Nate got a pencil and paper, he started drawing comics.  He didn't stay focused on what he was supposed to.  One time, they were playing hangman, Tommy (his  best friend) guessed the word because of the comic Nate drew.  Sometimes his comics get him off task in school.  He would rather draw comics than take a test!

The book is probably for kids around the age of 10 or so, and it would probably be more for boys, but since I am a tomboy, I tended to enjoy the book.

This is one of those stories that a kid can pick up and read just for fun--there is no hidden message or anything like that.

Tommy is the character I would most like to meet in real life because his mom was the absolute best cook in the world!  Nate's mom, on the other hand, has the worst cooking ever!  (Kind of like my mom!  It's okay, she knows I don't like her cooking.  In fact, she is the one typing the review for me!)

I give this book a rating of a 4 because it kind of got boring after a little while with all the comics.  I am not one who enjoys comics that much, but I have to say that the story is great!

Reviewed by my eight-year-old daughter in exchange for a free copy of the book.  All opinions are 100 percent hers, and she was not financially compensated in any way.

For more information, check out Karen's website here.

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