Anyway, Lincoln Pierce really knows how to get inside a preteen's head, and maybe even a high school teen, one who's trying to enjoy life with everyone pushing him back. Because of this talent, he's been able to make every Big Nate at the least, relatable. This time, there's a hint of a moral or two: One: Weird people aren't always actually weird. Two: The bigger or stronger person isn't always the winner. It's P.S. 38 vs. Jefferson head-on, (P.S. 38 being the smaller school the last three Big Nate's were situated in,) but that's not how Jefferson sees it. They win all the time, and it's starting to be discouraging. Even in terms of art, math, gym, and especially quality in building (a little hint of a spoiler), they are better, so Nate decides to find a way to beat the people who have won so much, they've become bullies.
A good idea this book has is to teach kids about the art of the art, and it's filled with surprises. But most of them are more dismal than enjoyable, more influential than funny. You know something? There was a part in Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen where the Eagles were using their superpowers to mess around with the innocent people around them just because they don't have powers like the, and because of being so rich, they become so ferocious that they don't care about someone dying, and something weird was it was entertaining, however I was happy when it ended, and they ended up getting a little comeuppance. As long as the antagonist is able to learn from his mistakes or at the least get punished, then bring it on, that's an element I like in books and this Big Nate has that. The problem is the storytelling is a bit unbalanced. I enjoyed it when Nate was talking with this special someone (I won't say who), those parts were great and happy. Every time they, or Nate's friends or doodles were not on the page, it's like the fire alarm goes off spontaneously.