Gr 1-3-Using their basic detective skills and a lot of help from adults, The Three Amigos learn about some unique people. Characters include a crybaby cowboy who's homesick for Wyoming and an eccentric professor who has gross things growing in his refrigerator. In the first title, the boys decipher some Western brands to uncover the identity of a new student at school. In the second, the boys' curiosity gets them in trouble but they also learn about the medical uses of maggots, leeches, and worms. Although the story lines are a bit contrived and the dialogue is occasionally stiff, these early chapter books are quick reads and encourage youngsters to embrace new experiences and make new friends. Short chapters and fun sketches will entice reluctant readers as well. Solid, if additional, purchases.-Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.