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Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything Hardcover – Mar 22 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375864377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375864377
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,049,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kirkus Reviews:
"Readers will be happy to learn that Cotler's debut is the first in a new series. Cheesie chattily narrates his own story; his voice rings true, and the other characters are a gently quirky, appealing lot."

Publishers Weekly:
"Fifth-grader Ronald 'Cheesie' Mack's problems (like how to outsmart his evil older sister June, aka 'Goon') may be ordinary, but in the hands of first-time author Cotler they're plenty entertaining."

"Cheesie and his book are basic, good old-fashioned fun."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books:
"A lighthearted and fast-moving read for kids looking for middle-school shenanigans."

The Horn Book Magazine:
"The pleasures are in meeting a new friend--and in the promise of a sequel to this debut novel."

About the Author

STEVE COTLER is a retired Little League catcher who's also been a shoe salesman, telecom scientist, singer-songwriter, Apollo 1 computer programmer, Hollywood screenwriter, Harvard Business School MBA, investment banker, and door-to-door egg man. He lives with his wife and writes in Sonoma County in Northern California's wine country. He thinks he is and always will be eleven years old.

Visit Steve online at Visit Cheesie at

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ea83b58) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am sure that I was one of the first to read this book, and there fore, as a a Cheesie Mack veteran, I can attest to the fact that it is excellent! It will make you feel like a fifth grader in Cheesie's world. It is fun, unique, exiting... just a great book all around. Kudos for Mr. Cotler for deciding to share this story! :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaada8c) out of 5 stars great read ! July 13 2011
By Lorreen K. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It is end of the school year for fifth graders Ronald "Cheesie" Mack and his friend Georgie. They learn they can't afford to go to summer camp they have both gone to for several years. Then there is the discovery in the basement while looking for spiders to scare his older sister with. A great summer story of friends, adventures, humor and a 1909 penny. As a librarian, I am head- over-heels with the quality of the writing of this book, the great characters and story and the tremendous appeal to boys (and girls) this book has. You can also visit the character's web site too! another great aspect of the book
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaadb70) out of 5 stars Good Series for Boys May 30 2011
By Valerie A. Baute - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am always looking for a new book series to recommend to boys who read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, so I decided to try this one out. It is the story of "Cheesie" Mack who just graduated from 5th grade. He has an older sister who is constantly fighting with him. His best friend Georgie lives right behind him. They have a lot going on, such as a crisis about summer camp and something they find in Georgie's basement.
While it maybe wasn't as fun to read as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it was still a cute book. It would appeal to boys who are in 4-6 grade. There are not really any pictures or drawings, just the occasional small picture of a person or something like a sandwich, so it is a step up from chapter books with pictures in it. There are a lot of references to his webpage. These started getting annoying to me, but I am also not the target audience. I did go to the page, and it seems like it is good for kids who are into this book.
While I don't think this book will end up with the following of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it is still a good one to recommend to boys who are looking for more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eaadf0c) out of 5 stars Fun and fact filled May 6 2012
By Loves to Read - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book hoping to entice my little guy away from the Wimpy Kid books. My boy is so stubborn that he won't read anything that I suggest. I know he will love it. I love how Cheesie suggests great vocabulary words for our children to use in their writing in school to impress their teacher!! It's a really fun book full of the antics kids love yet chock full of interesting facts and information. I've dropped enough tidbits to my son to convince him to read it next. I'm so excited. Can't wait for more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eab1150) out of 5 stars This review is for kids, by a kid! :-) Sept. 25 2014
By Cali Mommi - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Cheesie Mack and Steve Cotler both have a very intelligent sense of humor. Cheesie Mack is the narrator of his own book. The book is about before, during and after Cheesie’s fifth grade year. Cheesie has an arch nemesis, his sister June, AKA “Goon”. Cheesie is in a point battle with her, but she doesn’t know about it. He earns points by embarrassing her and playing pranks. Georgie lives right across the gully from Cheesie. He is his best friend and always stands up for Cheesie and plays with him. There is a house they call the “Haunted Toad”. Georgie finds an envelope with a coin and a necklace in the basement of his house. It turns out that the original owners of his house now live in the “Haunted Toad”. Georgie and Cheesie try to find out how the coin, necklace and the “Haunted Toad” are connected. Reading about their adventures in this book are hilarious. I laughed out loud as I read this book. Steve Cotler has the imagination of a kid and really knows how to make a kid laugh. This is a must read for everybody. I think boys and girls will love this book. I recommend Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything for your home library. You want to own this book!