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Product Details

  • Series: Gecko Press Titles
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: 21st Century; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877579211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877579219
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,549,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Ten transitional-length chapter books in one weighty volume recount the adventures of the wacky West family as told from the point of view of cousin Michael. An only child with seriously overprotective parents, he is thrilled when his aunt, uncle, five boisterous cousins, and pets of all shapes and sizes move close by. His own household is quiet, refined, and more than a little restrictive. Much to his parents' dismay, he attempts to visit the West gang as often as possible. They welcome him with open arms into their loud and loving, messy and slightly wild lives. Young readers (and boys in particular) will enjoy their repeated exploits involving everything from potty humor and worm farms to barfing carloads of kids and creepy campfire tales. Set in New Zealand, but loaded with universal appeal, these zany tales will please fans of goofy family stories. Pye's lively black-and-white pencil illustrations enliven the first page of each new adventure.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This is an omnibus of short chapter books, originally published individually, that have the nostalgic feel of a minimally adult-supervised childhood. Michael is the only child of an orderly yuppie couple whose life takes a turn for the chaotic when his boisterous cousins, the Wests, move a mere street away. While his parents hide the breakables, Michael embraces the mayhem. Cowley has created a true ensemble of characters: wise-boy Royce, always on the lookout for an easy dollar; Miranda and her enticingly fragrant shampoo; Auntie Rosie, whose affection is measured in Shakespearean-worthy insults; irascible Grandadda West, whose love of whiskey cost him his foot; and Michael himself, the sensible buffer between the reader and the Wests, who discovers a previously untapped talent for telling ghost stories. Disapproving parents will be encouraged to read that prolonged exposure to his cousins makes Michael appreciate the order of his own home. For their part, young readers will enjoy the episodic nature of the stories while relishing the vicarious thrills of a helter-skelter family who favor fun over fastidiousness. Grades 3-6. --Kara Dean

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By Dena on May 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
When his cousins move into town, Mickey's parents are none too pleased. Mickey's home is calm, hygienic, and perfect. The West's home is none of the above. Mickey can't help but love the chaos and excitement that goes full speed at the West home, even if his cousins get in his nerves sometimes.

This book doesn't have much of a plot. Rather, it is a collection of stories and antics about Mickey and his crazy relatives, in somewhat chronological order. It is full of laughs and fun. It would be a great book to read to kids before bed each night, or on a long car trip. Several of the stories made me laugh out loud.

Content: a couple instances of profanity
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By Mary Margaret Raney on December 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We are new fans of Joy Cowley thanks to this book and Chicken Feathers, and Friends. Both parents and kids loved reading this book!
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By Susan O'Bryan on August 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Stories of the Wild West Gang" by Joy Cowley is a rib-splitting collection of family tales as told through the eyes of Michael aka Mickey. As an only child, he finds adventure (good and sort of bad) in the antics of his cousins, the West family.

Anything but conventional, the Wests are short on money, but large on family. Their household is the polar opposite of Michael's own home - sterile and dull, thanks to his accountant father and uptight mom. His parents find no humor in the West clan's antics, even though the escapades provide their son the few bits of color in his life.

As the stories unfold, we learn about cousin Royce's crazy, and often smelly, money-making ideas. The cute Miranda is the focus of Michael's preteen crush, and other cousins (and extended family members) are just plain wacky. The more time Michael spends with the Wests, the more he discovers about his own parents. Perhaps they indeed have a laugh or two just waiting to come out.

Cowley's collection is an easy read, perfect for vacation leisure or a break in a long day.
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