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I was looking for books to keep my 5 year old busy. However, the main character is quite irritating and takes everything literally, which gets old quite quickly. My daughter did read them but hasn't re-read them or asked for any more of these books.
I grew up reading Amelia Bedelia, I expected these books to follow similar story-lines, or at least just as silly. They were not nearly as silly, and I really don't feel that they are meant for 1st graders, I think they would be appropriate for 2nd and 3rd graders. My daughter did not enjoy them as much as I thought she would, and neither did I for that matter. I will stick with the original Amelia Bedelia.
Good reading material for my 2nd-grader. Not too difficult, but also introduces new vocabulary to her. HOWEVER, even my 7-yr-old gets irritated with how, for a lack of a better word, "dumb" Amelia is - doesn't understand how a girl cannot understand so many things, like *literally* stepping on a customer's pie when he orders and says, "to-go, and step on it!" That is minor, and probably meant to be humorous, but it gets old by the second book.
Overall, I'm pretty disappointed in these books. In the original Amelia Bedelia of my childhood, the gags were so obvious. In these, they are much more subtle, without the obvious clues and visuals that I remember. I feel like most of them are far too advanced for my very bright six year old, and I spend about half of our reading time explaining why something should be funny.