Sherman is the class pet in Ms. Godfrey's room. He is a gerbil. He was brought to class by Ms. Godfrey on November 10th, 2014, and the class voted his name to be Sherman, being named after William Tecumseh Sherman. He plays a big role in Big Nate: Hug It Out! Although Hug it Out was a collection, not a real story, he was in many strips back then.


"Excuse me, but my life ain't better than yours, pinhead."

"Don't forget the glass walls, pinhead."
―Sherman "speaking" to Nate Wright


  • Nate Wright wanted him to be called "Shaq" at first.
  • He expresses his feelings, or "talks" through thought bubbles, referencing characters Garfield and Snoopy. He is also the only animal in the series to communicate, but no one understands him because he doesn't actually speak. Nate understands him the way Jon understands Garfield.
  • Once, Gina Hemphill-Toms brought in a troll doll so Sherman would have a buddy. Sherman found it very humiliating, and Nate later removed it, as he was on gerbil duty. Later, she brought a rubber duck.
  • He has a cousin, Howard the lab rat.
  • Nate once did not complete his homework, so he tried to get Sherman to shred it. Sherman shredded it, but Nate was caught.
  • Sherman plays Go-Fish with Nate during free periods.
  • When Mr. Rosa would not allow Nate to paint a picture of a dog for art, Nate painted a picture of Sherman instead.
  • Sherman once ran away from his cage on May 7, 2019.
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