If you were to blend Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you might come close to what you find in Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz.
Life is rough for ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge. He’s not very popular at school. He’s tortured by his older sister, Abby. His mother thinks she’s Julia Childs and Martha Stewart combined when she can’t cook or sew, and his father insists upon retelling stories from his own childhood over and again. But with his sketch pad and a healthy dose of imagination, he can become Nate Rocks, a hero who can do anything.
This is a fascinating and fun story that middle grade boys are going to love. Nate can’t catch a break. School is painful at best, especially when he gets paired up with Lisa Crane for a science project. Nate’s mom and Lisa’s mom are good friends, so he better be on his best behavior or someone is going to hear about it. He’s got a best friend, Tommy, but when they’re together things just don’t seem to go their way. His sister Abby is a royal pain in the neck, but their parents are always asking for his understanding while she goes through a phase. Even the family vacation can’t turn out right if he’s around.
What makes it all bearable is Nate’s ability to totally get lost in his drawing, daydreaming of how he becomes Nate Rocks and can do anything. He can help Captain Asteroid defeat the evil Dr. Shadow. His great baseball skills can turn the Phillies into a championship team. He can even save the neighbor’s dog from a burning house.
Toz definitely has a finger on the pulse of this market. She knows what’s exciting to them and uses it to create a page-turner that will leave them wanting more. There were a couple of places I felt a bit lost in the transitions between Nate’s reality and his daydreaming, but overall the story flows smoothly. I could definitely see Nate Rocks the World as a movie–a very funny movie.
The author mentioned to me that she’s busy at work on the sequel. I can’t wait!
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- ISBN-13: 978-1463510824
- SRP: $7.99
- Also available in a Kindle edition
I received a FREE Kindle version of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. The author paid me to promote this book with a virtual book tour through Pump Up Your Book. That fee did not include a review. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide my opinion.