Nate the Great Goes Undercover

Nate the Great Goes Undercover

by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Marc Simont

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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!

*“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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385376792
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/26/2013
Series: Nate the Great Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 788,219
Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
File size: 28 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

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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Nate the Great Goes Undercover 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
pamlloyd More than 1 year ago
I've already done a review on the first book but let me say again that Nate has my grand daughter reading and it is a good read and reading always enriches the soul. Very age appropriate and loads of fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 5 stars because I read most of the Nate The Great books. I recommend it to you because it is just wonderful.
Heather618 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary - Nat the great goes on another adventure to find out who keeps tipping over the neighbor trash cans every night.Critique - This book is a good example of realistic fiction because Nate behave just like any real detective would.Genre - Realistic FictionMedia - Charcoal?Characterization - Nate is a round character because he uses everyday real strategies to solve this mystery and he shares his thoughts when refining these strategies.
Legos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was good but I didn't like the part of the bathtub. He was naked so my mom drew bubbles over him to. Also the case was too easy to figure out. - Josiah Lindsey 11
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just as much fun as the first one, we're really loving Nate the Great!! In this volume, we join Nate on his first "night case." What is this case? Well, Nate has been hired by his annoying neighbor Oliver whose garbage keeps getting dumped over in the middle of the night...WHO would want to steal GARBAGE?! Nate the Great is on the case in no time flat with a LONG, LONG list of suspects....including just about every neighborhood animal you can think of. Delivered in the same P.I. voiceover as the first book, Nate the Great continues the great tradition of tough guy private detectives...well, as tough as a kid can get at any rate...I can almost imagine it being read by Leslie Neilson (of spoof flick fame), because there is such an edge of hilarity in each book, that you can't resist getting a total kick out of reading how Nate narrows down the suspects and solves the mystery! Another hit for Sharmat! We're still loving the Nate the Great series and plan to read many more!!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Nate the Great Tracks the Garbage Thief When I was the appropriate age for picture books, the only Nate the Great book we knew about the original. I guess the library didn’t have the others in the series. However, we discovered the rest with my younger brother, seven years later. Nate the Great Goes Undercover is actually the second book. Like most picture books, it usually doesn’t matter, except in this case, we meet two characters who appear in the rest of the series in this book. Nate is a young detective, and he’s earned quite a reputation in his neighborhood for his good work solving their mysteries. He also loves pancakes, and he’s recently adopted a stray dog, Sludge, after finding the dog in a field eating a pancake. It’s a perfect match! On the morning that our story starts, Nate is taking Sludge for a walk when Oliver, Nate’s next door neighbor, approaches them. Someone is breaking into Oliver’s garbage cans every night and making a mess, and Oliver wants Nate to solve the case. Nate’s excited for his first night case, but can he catch the culprit? As you can see, the case is simple. Granted, I couldn’t remember who had done it until about half way, but Nate follows a logical trail to reach the conclusion, hitting a couple of dead ends along the way. He even thinks he’s solved the case early on, but when he learns he is wrong, he goes back to work, letting nothing stand in the way of solving the case. Actually, the only character who comes back from the first book is Rosamond. (Well, there are her cats as well.) She gets a very funny scene. We meet Oliver and Sludge here, who would go on to appear in most of the rest of the cases Nate solves. And then there’s Esmeralda. As far as I remember, this is the only book she appears in, and it is easy to see why – she is too normal and therefore not as funny as the rest of the cast. She does give Nate a good clue here, however. Then there’s the humor. Nate narrates the book in a deadpan Sergeant Friday way that is lots of fun. I already mentioned that Rosamond’s scene is pretty funny, but there are some other funny situations and reactions as the book progresses. The illustrations are a bit dated since the book was released in the mid-70’s. However, I have a feeling that adults will care about this more than kids. The pictures definitely help tell the story and add to the fun. Honestly, you can read these books in any order, and kids won’t notice any continuity issues. So if you haven’t met Nate, pick up Nate the Great Goes Undercover today and enjoy.
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