We have so many great authors and illustrators in New Zealand and I love shouting about them. There have been a bumper crop of books from NZ authors and illustrators this year and there are strong contenders for the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. Some of these books have been included in my other Top 10 of 2012 lists but I wanted to do a separate list to highlight these spectacular NZ books.
Tag Archives: junior fiction
There have been so many middle grade fiction books published this year, both here in New Zealand and overseas. It was difficult to pick my absolute favourites but here they are, my Top 10 Middle Grade Fiction of 2012. If you want to know more about these books you can read my reviews here on the blog.
I’m sure you will know children who are crazy about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney. Boys in particular love the funny adventures of Greg Heffley, which are a mix of text and comic-style illustrations. There are quite a few series now that are similar in style to these books, including the very popular Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce. So far there are 8 books featuring Big Nate, including two activity books and two books of original Big Nate comic strips. The latest Big Nate book is Here Goes Nothing, and it’s chock-full of Big Nate comic strips.
In Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing, Nate and his friends get up to all sorts of mischief as usual, like pulling pranks at school, trying to make money by selling photocopies of his artwork, trying to convince his dad to get a dog, blogging about his teacher, and painting his grandparent’s house. Lincoln Peirce read a lot of Peanuts and Dennis the Menace comic strips growing up and you can see these influences in Big Nate. My favourite comic strip in the book is the one where Nate and Teddy hear the ice cream truck music, only to run outside and find out it’s the mobile library. I don’t know why no one has thought of trying that before!
If you know a kid that’s wants to read a book like Diary of a Wimpy Kid or they just like comics, the Big Nate series is perfect. Big Nate: Here Goes Nothing is available in libraries and book shops in New Zealand now.
Check out this video of Lincoln Peirce talking about Big Nate and drawing his character.