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As a parent I am very happy with this series. My son is in Grade 2 and he was wanting to read chapter books all by himself. This series was exactly what he was looking for. Its funny and fast paced, but also is written at a Grade 2 level and includes full colour pictures on every page. Between this series and Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey is his favourite author, and we almost own every book in both series.. Review by my 8 year old son: This book was pretty good and I loved reading it. I want to buy all the books in the series because Dav Pilkey is really good author. Ricky Ricotta is a funny and brave character. I wish I had a giant robot too.
Sidenote: Thank-you to Amazon customer service for replacing the first book when it arrived damaged. They sent a new book immediately via 1 day shipping for no charge.
My 6yr old son has been reading these since Kindergarten when he was heavily reliant upon pictures to help him infer the words and meanings of words. Even now, he still loves these Ricky Ricotta books and has finished most of the series. Unfortunately he can devour one whole book in about an hour which makes them expensive reads at $6 a piece. But I try to encourage his love of reading so I don’t mind so much. He loves the exciting story lines and is so proud that he can finish them so quickly. He also loves reading them to his 3yr old little sister and she loves listening them as well. I highly recommend these books for 5-8yr olds who are struggling to develop a love for reading. The exciting story lines will keep your little emerging reader engaged and the plethora of colorful illustrations will make it easier for even a struggling reader to read difficult words.