It's not that these book are absolutely horrible, but, just like the younger kid versions, these new, updated version don't make as much sense. Also, it is almost to the point of stupidity proving they are "relevant" to today's readers - mentions of blogs, cell phones, the internet, etc seem so forced as to be absurd. Better to find the older copies at the library and just borrow them. I was so happy when I saw these as I was excited to share what I remembered as totally fun books (my husband felt the same way) with my 9 and 13 year old children, but ugh, what have they done to the stories????