Cheesie Mack Is Not Exactly FamousFeatured
Strengths: We certainly need more funny books for boys, and it's even better when they are in a series. Add some pictures, and it's gold. The first book didn't circulate very well, but when there were three on the shelf, my reluctant readers started recommending them to each other, so they will be thrilled to get this fourth book. Others in the series are Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything, Cheesie Mack is Cool in a Duel(#2), and Cheesie Mack is Running Like Crazy (#3). There's not a huge amount that happens in this book, but it's a great description of middle school boys and their general lack of impulse control.
I do like the cast of characters in these books, especially the grandfather, who is supportive of the boys' activities and a good ally. The older sister is a worthy nemesis, and her relationship with Cheesie is very realistic.
For readers who want more information, there is a web site with additional lists, etc. at http://cheesiemack.com/