As a teacher I use John Thompson's easiest piano course with almost all of my pupils and the majority of them enjoy using his books.
Some of the first pieces in this book are easier than the concluding ones in book two but the level of difficulty soon increases and the last pieces are in E flat major and A major (in other words there are three flats and three sharps respectively).
The pieces are generally more tuneful than many of those found in other courses. Moreover, although the left hand sometimes plays chords it often is given a more interesting role.
On the negative side, the book is less attractively presented than books one and two. The illustrations are not as colourful and there are fewer of them. Moreover, the page layout is less appealing for the notes are smaller and thus harder to read.
Most of my pupils thus prefer to use copies of the original classic 1950s edition which has more illustrations (albeit in black and white) and is easier to read. New copies of the original edition (and new copies of the other original books in the series) are available from chappellofbondstreet.co.uk. You can of course also try ordering them from your local music shop.
Ther are two versions of this book, the only difference is that one comes with a 'Training CD'. The book is very good, the CD is pretty awful. Most tunes are played at different speeds, but with absolutely terrible additional backing. This is just not needed, and makes it very difficult to hear what you want to hear, the piano. Save some money, buy the book only version.
Bought for my son ( 8 years old ) and myself both of us are beginners. Really like the book and my son finds it right for his level, the only one gripe is that the duet part for me to play is quite a bit harder than his and so I find it a little trickier. Nontheless would recommend as with all the other books in the range.
I have 2 copies of this book (one is more than 50 years old!). Although most of the pieces are the same it has been modernised well. It's helpful as a parent because there is lots of explanation - to enable you to help your child. Nice pictures / diagrams so keeps the interest of small children