This book is aimed at kids who are just starting to read for themsleves but although it looks promising, it is not going to light a fire in them. The premise of each story is nice, illustrations are good and lively and the vocabulary well graded but the text simply does not live up to the pictures. I found in all three stories that there was an excess of attention to tedious and irrelevant details and not enough drive or narrative thrust or characterisation. If you only have a few hundred words to tell your story it has to be tight - every word must count. If you take away the pretty pictures, this is deeply uninspired storytelling.