I bought this book for my second grade grandson. Last year, when he was in first grade and his brother was in third, his brother, Eric, LOVED Captain Underpants. After reading 1 and laughing through it all, his younger brother, Ryan, began to READ. Before that he said he couldn't. All of a sudden, a miracle happened - He wanted his own book and read it in 2 days! Since then, his reading has taken off. He wanted this book and read it in about 1 hour. He loved it and can't wait to get his hands on another one.
This book inspired my son to start reading near the end of 1st grade! I thought he was going to be the last kid to learn to read until we discovered Ricky. After we read the books to my son, he wanted to read them to himself so badly and it all just clicked.
My son was first drawn to the illustrations in Ricky Ricotta/Mighty Robot series but I held out buying the books because I thought they were "glorified" comic books. However, much to my surprise when I actually read it myself, it was quite hilarious.
The best part was that it was easy enough for my 5 year old to read on his own (with a little help), which was really a major coup as I could not get him to start reading chapter books.
We ended up buying all 7 books and he has already read 4 of them in 2 weeks!
The author's website also has some great games.
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