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Nate the Great Goes Undercover

Press:Random House Childrens Books A Yearling Book; New Yearling ed. edition (February 15, 1978)
Publication Date:1978-2
Author Name:Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman


Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. 
Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! Somebody has been raiding Oliver's garbage can each night.
How can Nate narrow the long list of suspects down to one? Nate the Great might just have to go under cover .
under cover of the garbage can lid, that is!Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book!  Visit Nate the Great and Sludge! NatetheGreatBooks.com*“Marc Simont’s charcoal and pastel illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for this clever case.” —School Library Journal, Starred   “First graders’ favorite private eye solves the case of Oliver’s scattered garbage in those short, easy sentences that Sharmat transforms into crisp, tough-guy humor.” —Kirkus Reviews (A Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice)

From the Inside Flap

Nate the Great has his first night case! "Detective work is not fun and games," Nate explains. 
"Detective work is dirty garbage cans instead of clean beds.
Detective work is banana peels, dishrags, milk cartons, floor sweepings, cigar ashes, fleas, and me..." It's a tough case.
Somebody is raiding Oliver's garbage can each night, but who? The list of suspects is long--Rosamond and Esmeralda, the girls down the street; Rosamond's cats; and all the shrews, moles skunks, birds, and racoons in the neighborhood.
Nate courageousely encounters a skunk (nose first) and a telephone pole (head on), but not until he goes under cover of the garbage-can lid does he narrow the suspects down to one.

About the Author

MARJORIE WEINMAN SHARMAT has written more than 130 books for children and young adults, as well as movie and TV novelizations. 
Her books have been translated into twenty-four languages.
The award-winning Nate the Great series, hailed in Booklist as “groundbreaking,” has resulted in Nate’s real-world appearances in many New York Times crossword puzzles, sporting a milk mustache in magazines and posters, residing on more than 28 million boxes of Cheerios, and touring the country in musical theater.
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and her husband, Mitchell Sharmat, have also coauthored many books, including titles in both the Nate the Great and the Olivia Sharp series. MARC SIMONT won the Caldecott Medal for his artwork in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Uldry, as well as a Caldecott Honor for his own book, The Stray Dog. He illustrated the first twenty books in the Nate the Great series. 


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Comment List (Total:17)

  •     I liked this, but I'm 40. Its got a dry sense of humor to the writing that I enjoy. My 7 year old didn't find it remotely funny and was bored of it pretty quickly. He asked me not to get any more of the books in this series. :(

  •     This is great reading for my grandson who is going into 2nd grade in the fall. He enjoyed the book very much and we have ordered six more from Nate the Great series.

  •     Awesome service. I would order again.

  •     Excellent book for 1st-2nd grade!

  •     My great nephew has become a big fan of the "Nate The Great Series"- He likes to read theses stories

  •     Nate the Great is a really good series. The first book is great for beginning readers and strong readers alike! I even find my 11 year old reading them for fun. I always hear the kids laughing as they read and I never have to ask them twice to read any Nate the Great books. The kids love that there are some pictures throughout this book. The extra activities at the end are a huge bonus! There's fun facts and crafts that we all enjoy learning and doing together.

  •     My daughter loves Nate the Great!

  •     Another funny book. My 6 year old grandson just laughed and laughed.

  •     Love the noir theme. Nate's character is great and I love the humor. And the pancakes! This was one of my favorites growing up and am reading it to my 5 year old.

  •     Excellent strategy to make mid level readers think of the value of words as clues; great for encouraging analytical thinking. I am delighted to share this book with my grandson.

  •     I have four boys - three of whom are old enough to read - and they have loved reading this series. You can read any of the books on their own, but why not start with this first, original story? The books are entertaining, and it's fun to try to solve the mystery as you read. I believe the newer additions may be divided into chapters, but originally these books were not. Either way, they are perfect for kids who have started reading on their own and are wanting to read a "chapter book." To me, this book is the perfect segue from picture books to chapter books. It's short enough to finish in a few days (early readers) or even just an hour or so (stronger readers). These books gave my kids a great sense of accomplishment in being able to read the whole thing all by themselves. I think that is priceless in boosting their confidence and interest in reading. I should also mention that while my boys loved these books, they would be great for girls also.

  •     Just what I needed for home school.

  •     This is a great book and has kept my almost 7 year old entertained. It is a quality version with sturdy pages and spine. I would recommend this to any 6+ year olds looking for something a bit different to read.

  •     NATE THE GREAT is the first book in a wonderful series that introduces young readers to the world of mysteries, clues, and pancakes that is Nate the Great. Shortly after a big breakfast of pancakes, Nate is contacted by his friend Annie. She has a mystery for him. The picture, painted in yellow, she did of her dog Fang is missing. She wants Nate to find the picture for her. Nate leaves a note for his mother and is in hot pursuit of the clues that will let him know where the missing picture is. During the course of his investigation, Nate meets Rosamond and her four cats-Super Hex, Big Hex, Little Hex, and Plain Hex, and Annie's little brother Harry. One of them holds the secret of where the missing picture is.Marjorie Weinman Sharmat is the author of over twenty Nate the Great adventures, including NATE THE GREAT STALKS STUPIDWEED, NATE THE GREAT AND THE BORING BEACH BAG, NATE THE GREAT AND THE HALLOWEEN HUNT, and NATE THE GREAT AND THE MUSHY VALENTINE. She has written dozens of books for young readers. She named Nate the Great after her father. Her books have been named as Children's Choice books and Junior Literary Guild selections, and been picked as Books of the Year by the Library of Congress. Nate the Great was named after the author's father.As in every Nate the Great book she writes, Marjorie Sharmat plays fairly with young readers (ages 4-8) regarding the mystery and the clues. Her prose is tight, clean, and concise. Reading aloud to younger readers is an absolute hoot, and if the reader can manage the tough-guy private eye voice of a Mickey Spillane novel, the effect on young readers is even more mesmerizing. The illustrations by Marc Simont-the long-time artist of the Nate the Great series-complements the story very well, lending humor, clues, and vibrant color for young eyes. NATE THE GREAT is the perfect place to join the series because this book sets up all of Nate's world, from the frantic call by friends that have lost something, to the note Nate always leaves his mom on the refrigerator explaining his whereabouts, to the regulars that make up Nate's world.The entire Nate the Great series is recommended to younger readers and parents who love reading to their children that might have tired of (or memorized!) all of the rhyming Dr. Seuss books. This series makes a great transition to leap from to Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys later.

  •     I had used this book years ago for a 2nd grade book group at my childrens' school (for 7 years). That group was mostly advanced readers who chose to use their free period to go to a monthly book group. They loved the book and the solve a mystery activity that we did. I am now volunteering with 2nd graders who have reading problems (many whose parents are not literate or don't speak English) and I read with a 2nd grader once a week. He loved this book and loved the treasure hunt activity we did with it. I gave it to another volunteer and she said it was the first book that the 2nd grade boy that she reads with would read out loud-for the previous few months, she read aloud to him. Before we read the book, we previewed vocabulary (made some cards) for the "detective words" (in the back of the book in new editions) and words that might be challenging.

  •     After reading this wonderful, beautifully illustrated book, I was able to develop multiple activities for use in a reading center for a second grade classroom. It serves as a great introduction to the concept of what detectives do. Children see his investigations and then are able to do some detective work on their own! For example, as a writing activity, students may write their own letters to "Nate," using descriptive details that may lead him to the suspect!Children and adults like the colorful pictures and the mysteries held inside.

  •     Always a good series for young readers.


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