Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything Hardcover – Mar 22 2011
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"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."
"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 SteveCotler.com. Visit Cheesie at CheesieMack.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.