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Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything
     

Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything

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by Steve Cotler
 

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"Cheesie Mack is a true original." —Gordon Korman, bestselling author of Swindle and Schooled

Ronald "Cheesie" Mack is not a genius or anything, but he remembers everything that happened before, during, and after fifth-grade graduation, and he's written it all down in his own unique and hilarious way—with lots of lists, drawings, and

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"Cheesie Mack is a true original." —Gordon Korman, bestselling author of Swindle and Schooled

Ronald "Cheesie" Mack is not a genius or anything, but he remembers everything that happened before, during, and after fifth-grade graduation, and he's written it all down in his own unique and hilarious way—with lots of lists, drawings, and splenderful (that's splendid plus wonderful!) made-up words.

Cheesie—with a little help from Steve Cotler—writes about family, friendship, and tough choices in an unforgettable voice that will have kids laughing out loud. Readers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will love both the clever humor and the black-and-white illustrations throughout.


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Ronald Mack—better known as "Cheesie"—is an almost-11-year-old with a knack for silliness and trouble. Sneaking white mice into school, maintaining a complex point-keeping system to track sibling rivalry, inventing new words, and making conjectures about the town's spooky old house are all in a day's work. Cheesie's best friend, Georgie, is with him every step of the way. When the boys find a mysterious envelope, they're in for the adventure of a lifetime, resulting in several big surprises and a solution to their biggest problem. Ever the good-natured narrator, Cheesie manages to include many facts along with the high jinks; readers will pick up tidbits about coin collecting, vocabulary, pill bugs, and more. While a few too many Mayberry-esque details and a definite overload of pleas to visit Cheesie's website may annoy some kids, most will enjoy this rollicking read.—Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI
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's asides frequently break the fourth fall ("I mean, here you are reading this book, and you want to know what the bad news was, but there's this long sentence that you're reading right now that doesn't actually take all that long to read..."), and his playful use of language should go a long way to making readers feel like they've known Cheesie and his goofball friend, Georgie, for years. The main tension in the story arises from the discovery of an old, valuable penny that the boys find in Georgie's basement. But though the mystery of the coin is fun, the best reading comes with Cotler's narrative meandering, his many entertaining bit characters, and the intermittent trouble that Cheesie and Georgie must avoid. Cotler blatantly sets readers up for Cheesie's next adventure; after this installment, they'll be ready for it. Art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
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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."

Booklist:
"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."

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Ronald "Cheesie" Mac is an eleven year old author with a winning book full of great stories, amazing trivia, sibling rivalry, and best friends forever. If this is the kind of story your readers are looking for (especially readers who ask for all the Wimpy Kid books by the color of their covers) recommend this book and you will make a reading buddy for life. Cheesie is planning on spending the summer at home with his best friend, Georgie, who can no longer afford the camp they've attended together for many summers. Then Georgie discovers a mysterious envelope in the basement of his house with a locket and an apparently old but ordinary penny, and the summer takes on new magic. The penny turns out to be rare and the boys are faced with a moral dilemma about whether to return the special coin to its owner or sell it for camp tuition. Cheesie and George discover that the owner of the envelope is a very elderly lady who lives in a decrepit old house and, in the process, they learn about honesty, empathy, and how appearances can be deceiving. The boys also learn the true value of friendship, and how telling the truth is not only its own reward, but can result in monetary gain, as well. All this happens while Cheesie refers readers to his excellent and awesome website (www.cheesiemack.com) which is chock full of fun facts, suggested activities, and solutions to riddles. Cheesie's book has illustrations, just like Wimpy Kid's, but these pictures are humorously tied to the text and add dimension to the story. If you haven't caught on yet, this book comes highly recommended because it is splendid and laugh-provoking (words that Cheesie would use in his vocabulary lists) and will undoubtedly have readers clamoring for the promised sequel. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

Ronald "Cheesie" Mack and his best friend, Georgie, are about to graduate fifth grade and embark on the best summer ever, which will include, but not be limited to, making points in a private battle against Cheesie's evil older sister June, hanging out in their treehouse and, most importantly, summer camp in Maine. Summer's only a day away, and things already seem to be off to a great start when Georgie finds an old necklace and a 1909 penny stashed in their basement. Then bad news hits big: Georgie's dad's been laid off, and they can't afford camp. Cheesie decides to be abestfriend and stay home too, so summer's looking lame-ish. First, they have to get through the boring graduation ceremony; Georgie (as usual) has a plan to spice it up. When a possibility arises to get the money for camp, the boys have to decide what course of action is right. 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. His periodic invitations to read posts on or add stories to the CheesieMack.com website will hook denizens of the digital generation, but doing so isn't vital to enjoying the ride. No art was seen, but the final book will have many fun illustrations (according to Cheesie) from Time Warp Trio illustrator McCauley.(Fiction. 8-12)

Kirkus Reviews

Ronald "Cheesie" Mack and his best friend, Georgie, are about to graduate fifth grade and embark on the best summer ever, which will include, but not be limited to, making points in a private battle against Cheesie's evil older sister June, hanging out in their treehouse and, most importantly, summer camp in Maine. Summer's only a day away, and things already seem to be off to a great start when Georgie finds an old necklace and a 1909 penny stashed in their basement. Then bad news hits big: Georgie's dad's been laid off, and they can't afford camp. Cheesie decides to be abestfriend and stay home too, so summer's looking lame-ish. First, they have to get through the boring graduation ceremony; Georgie (as usual) has a plan to spice it up. When a possibility arises to get the money for camp, the boys have to decide what course of action is right. 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. His periodic invitations to read posts on or add stories to the CheesieMack.com website will hook denizens of the digital generation, but doing so isn't vital to enjoying the ride. No art was seen, but the final book will have many fun illustrations (according to Cheesie) from Time Warp Trio illustrator McCauley.(Fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375895708
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Series:
Cheesie Mack
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
966,149
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet 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.


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Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
emneilsen1 More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book and so did my 11 and 9 year old sons. It had all the fun like the Wimpy Kid books and so much more. Hope this is a series and another book comes out soon.
Nicole Greenleaf More than 1 year ago
sssoo good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read Diary of a Wimpy Kid so I will try this out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Cheesie Mack is not a Genius or anything a really fantastic book for children any age.Steve Cotler has brought happiness to the children who bought Steve's books.Steve's books are funny for children 10&under
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The worst book ever!
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So good..............................................................................................................................................................................
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am exited to read this book it sounds amazing
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I met this author
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool smart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
6th-grade-RTI-class More than 1 year ago
Stars(3.5 out of 5): *** Title: Good Read By: 6th grade RTI class Review: We thought Cheesie and Georgie were great characters but the book had a slow plot movement. Some of us had some difficulty getting into the book. Some of our favorite parts were when the boys were pranking Cheesie's sister, Goon (giving us some great ideas to try on our own siblings). We really enjoyed going to the website, and how well it was organized (Cheesie even responded to some of our comments). Overall the book was a good/okay book for our class to end the school year reading. Ms. S's 6th Grade RTI class (2 boys and 2 girls)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CHEESE GORGIE GOON GRANPA MAST BY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucks don't get but I met the other at my school yester day I talked to him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book its good partner read took us 3 days
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looks stupid !! Hahaha
Leila Djerdjouri More than 1 year ago
im just bored haha