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Not really a phonics reader.
Reviewed in Canada on December 3, 2018
A true phonics reader focuses on specific letter sounds and phoneme patterns. There is a real art to writing good ones. These aren't good ones for kids who need the structured, systematic approach to learning to read that the phonics method provides. The books confuse how words sound for the connection between sound and spelling pattern, often offering words that represent spelling exceptions vs. words that feature the target sound and spelling combination. They also include some very difficult words for beginning phonics readers as a set labelled "step into reading" would suggest.
These are perfectly adequate beginner(ish) readers for kids who like Paw Patrol. If they were marketed as that, they would be fine. The problem is they are being marketed as introductory phonics readers. If that's what you are looking for, keep searching.