Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nate Rocks the World

I am still in shock that Fairday and Lizzy are letting me do a book review on their blog. Reading is one of my favorite activities, so I am excited to share some of my thoughts with you. I hope you will enjoy a guy’s touch this week. ~ Marcus Brocket





If you have ever dreamed of another world in which you are able to magically save the day, then you will be captivated by Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz. When Nate isn’t trying to get away from his annoying older sister, Abby, he is busy trying to dodge the awful food that his mom cooks. Luckily, he can escape with his best friend, Tommy, and his sketchbook. Drawing and daydreaming really helps him to forget any problems at hand. The story begins with the start of the school year and continues on until February break. You will get to see what life is like from a ten-year-old’s perspective-one who hates recess and isn’t a fan of sports. Nate knows he is one of the only kids who likes indoor recess, but sketching is just more fun. What will Nate do when he is paired with the biggest busybody for his science project? How will he get through Halloween and the costume his mom always insists on making him? Is there any way for Nate to get back at his sister for all the things she does to torment him? You will laugh your way through this book as you discover what an ordinary kid feels like from day to day.
This is a very fast read and it is perfect for any time that you are looking for a book you can finish in a day or two.  Nate is a typical fourth grader and he is very easy to relate to, even if you do like sports.  I think kids between the ages of 7 and 12 will love this book if they like comics, pranks, and if they sometimes feel out of place. Nate is a good main character and his experiences with his older sister and his friends help to make the story more interesting. He is someone I would want to hang out with because he is nice and interesting. I like that the book had a lot of humor and that Nate has a great imagination. I think we all like to imagine ourselves doing something really cool that other people will admire. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading others in the series.

Has anyone else read Nate Rocks the World?  Or another book by Karen Pokras Toz?
Happy Reading!
~ M

22 comments:

  1. Great review, thanks. I'm not familiar with this author but I know my niece really enjoyed Nate's adventures.

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    1. Hi Petty- I am so happy that you liked the review. How awesome that your niece enoyed Nate's adventures! ~Marcus

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  2. This looks like such a fun read. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Kelly- You are welcome! Nate Rocks the World is a fun read! ~Marcus

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  3. I haven't read it yet, but I've heard a lot about it since I started blogging. It sounds darling ;)

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    1. Hi Elisa- It is a great book and it made me laugh. ~Marcus

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  4. What a fun concept! I love books that encourage kids to play, one of the most important parts of creativity.

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    1. Cate- I like that the book spotlights creativity. I love to use my imagination because it can take me anywhere. ~Marcus

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    1. Annmarie- You are welcome! It was fun to write this review. I am glad Lizzy and Fairday let me take part in their blog. ~Marcus

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  6. Brocket the Rocket! I love Halloween reads. This sounds so fun! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Heidi- I love Halloween, too. I am already thinking about my costume for this year. I just hope my Halloween is better than Nate's! Thanks for stopping by. ~Brocket the Rocket

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  7. Thank you very much for the review. So glad you enjoyed reading Nate's adventures!

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    1. Hi Karen Pokras Toz- I am so happy that you liked my review. I really enjoyed Nate's adventures and I know others will too. I am looking forward to reading the next book. I also love your website! ~Marcus

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  8. I've not read this book. The review was excellent.

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    1. Hi Donna- This is a fast and fun read! I am so excited that you liked my review. ~Marcus

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  9. Been away from the computer for a few days, but wanted to pop over and say "thank you" of the kind/awesome note you left on my blog the other day. Also wanted follow you in return. :) Loved your book review and looking forward to more of your posts!

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    1. Hi E.J.- Hope you are having a great summer. I enjoyed stopping by your blog and look forward to visiting again. Thanks for following me in return. So nice to meet you! ~Jess

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  10. I haven't read it either, but it sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

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    1. Bish- If you read it- I hope you enjoy it! :) ~Marcus

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  11. Jess, when you said you reviewed this, I wanted to look for it, so I'm going back a few posts and commenting. Although these are stand-alone and I read NATE ROCKS THE BOAT first, I would love to read this too and become more familiar with Abby and Nate's mom's horrid cooking. I love the parts where Nate is sketching and dreaming!

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    1. Barbara- I am glad you went back a few posts to find the review! You will definitely learn more about his mom's horrid cooking in the first book. I like that the books work as stand alone books. When Nate is sketching and dreaming it takes me right back to childhood. I can still get lost in my sketching. I look forward to reading Nate Rocks the Boat. :) ~Jess

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