Nate's name is an anagram for Neat. And not neat as in interesting, but neat as in organized, something Nate has never been. How many times has Nate opened his locker and got swept off his feet? I have no idea how that's possible, but it's a running gag and original. That's the point of this book, Nate emphasizing his relationship with Captain Tidypants, aka Francis. It's time to get some candids for the school yearbook, but in order to do that, they need a camera, and it's very valuable. Mrs. Godfrey is in charge of such, so Nate can't get it directly from her, but Francis can, and Nate can be the best "killer" out there. The thing is, is Nate trustworthy enough to hold this camera? We learn later on that he lost three plastic mouth guards and two chicken drumsticks in that locker of his.
I know that this book may sound a tad bit boring, and not funny. I say this with pride, however. This Big Nate is hilarious. A real laugh-a-thon, kind of like how Nate sees Science as a yawn-a-thon. But that's just icing on the cake. This Big Nate takes an interesting turn and becomes even more mature than the last outing without losing a sense of enjoyment.
It may be the most heartwarming little kid's book I've ever read. Like I just said, it's heartwarming but not kissy, it's smart, it has a little fight that throws some punches, and it features three laughs-a-chapter minimum gags. And it's the best Big Nate yet.