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We bought a copy of this book through my son's school for a book fair. The story is great and he really enjoys reading it.
The problem is not with the book/story, it's with the binding.
Within a couple of hours of bringing this book home, it fell apart at the seems. Literally. The binding looks like it was done with Post-It glue, because the pages just fell out of the book.
We chalked this up to bad luck and bough another copy off of Amazon. No luck!
The same exact thing happened with the second copy. With VERY light handling, the pages all just fall out of the book. My son really loves reading this book and it's incredibly upsetting that no thought or care was put into the quality of the prints.
I hope this is corrected on subsequent printings of this book.
I want to give this story 4 or 5 stars simply because of how much my son loves it, but I have to drop the rating down (this is unfair to the author, I realize, but it needs to be addressed) because of the unacceptable binding.
My 5 year old loves these books but I have purchased a few and each one has fallen apart at the seams the first time we read it. I kept buying them because of the storylines but won’t again and seriously dissuade anyone from doing so. They are terribly, cheaply made and it’s upsetting for the little ones when they break immediately. They are, literally, being held together now by tape. A waste of money.
I bought these books for the grade 2's in my classroom. They were VERY excited to read this series of books and suggested I purchase them. I opened the books today during silent reading and low and behold after 2 minutes a couple of pages in "Press Start #1" come out. The boys who have this book at home mentioned it also happened to them. I now have a group of upset 7 year olds and the authors website isn't up and running to let him know of our frustration!