Big Nate Blasts Off (Book 8)

By Lincoln Peirce 

From the back cover

Nate has a crush on a new girl, Ruby. But after that his scrap with Randy Betancourt makes headlines in the Weakly Bugle, he’s got a problem WAY worse than detention! Can Nate bounce back? And will the annual Mud Bowl be a blast… or a bust?

For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Meet BIG NATE, P.S. 38’s coolest doodler and definitely NOT the teacher’s pet.

My thoughts…

The focus of this book is on Nate’s crush on Ruby, as the book’s back cover states. Nate and his classmate, Randy both like the same girl resulting in increased rivalry. The book also contains degradation of parents and school authorities.

In a gist…

Extramarital Love/Relationship

– The book mostly focuses on Nate and Randy’s crush on Ruby.
– A girl tells Nate that him and Ruby could “become the sixth grade’s hot new couple”
– References to attractions between different girls and boys in the sixth grade are portrayed.
– There is an illustration of Cupid making two classmates fall in love, also the two characters are drawn slow dancing.
– Nate’s big sister has a boyfriend.
– Nate says that he imagines Randy and Ruby “smooching in slow motion”.
– A girl tells Nate that Ruby likes him and so he should ask her out.
– Ruby kisses Nate on the cheek.

Violence

Some bullying including verbal threats and physical shoving and some fights are present.

Profanity

Some words include bonehead, butt-kissing toady, butt nugget, dipwad, turd, dummy, and buttface

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/Islamic Values

– Most of the book is about male/female attractions, crushes, and dating.
– In chapter 4, Nate tells his father “I can’t believe this! I never knew you were actually GOOD at anything!”
– Nate continuously makes fun of his father’s attempts at cooking and the lunches he packs him to school.
– Nate draws funny comics of his teachers and makes fun of them throughout the book.

Final Verdict

Although the book’s final messages of acceptance of one another, resolving issues with classmates, and the portrayal of empathy towards others’ feelings are powerful, the negative messages present in this book should not be ignored. Most of the book revolves around boy crushes on girls, dating, and competition to win girls’ approval.

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