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Big Nate: Comix by U! (based on the books by Lincoln Peirce; HarperCollins and Night & Day Studios, December 2011) is a kind of Colorforms set for new media starring Nate Wright, a sixth-grade antihero who makes Greg Heffley look like a wimpy kid. In this app, Nate’s fans and budding playwrights press-and-place a variety of characters, templates, settings, props and speech-balloon options to create their own brief Big Nate comics. Budding comics artists (like Nate himself) might sneer because there is no drawing involved at all: just choose a blank template or a “story starter,” choose a few characters from the Big Nate pantheon, and start ’em talking. So this:

becomes this:

Seven characters are on offer (Nate, Gina, Francis, Jenny, Teddy, Mrs. Godfrey, and Spitsy the dog), each one in at least a few poses and two sizes, regular and close-up. Backgrounds include school, home, and park; various props and sound effects provide comic prompts, possibilities, and punctuation. Comics can be saved and shared; all of the available options mix and match with drag-drop ease, and they provide just enough structure for users intimidated by a blank canvas. Just what trouble can you get Nate into?

Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 4.3 or later); $.99. Recommended for primary and intermediate users.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. i luv big nate but this website is LAME!!

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