I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My oldest daughter has always been a fan of comic strips like Calvin & Hobbes, Foxtrot, and Peanuts. One of her most favorite strips is Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate series, so she was very excited when I received the opportunity to read Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka.
Nate is a sixth grade boy, and he’s easy for kids to relate to. He has some sarcastic comments to make about school, he hangs out with his friends, and he plays sports.
We have several of the Big Nate books, and what my daughter (and I) like about them is that there is a punchline on just about every page, but Peirce is also building larger storylines.
Thunka, Thunka, Thunka contains several story arcs, including Nate making a bet with nemesis Gina that he can stay out of trouble (and detention) for a whole week, Nate’s Christmas present for his sister, and Nate’s dog falling in love with a cat and taking up knitting. There are even some throwbacks to previous collections.
The humor is quirky and fun. There are some pop culture references, but not as many as other strips like Foxtrot. My daughter loves Big Nate, and as she read through this book, I heard her laughing constantly.
I would recommend Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka. You don’t have to have read the other Big Nate comics in order to understand this book; there are some references for fans, but it’s pretty easy to pick up the dynamic between Nate and the people in his life. My daughter enthusiastically recommends this book to anyone!