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I read these to my daughters, and they also read them on their own. They are funny and easy for beginning chapter book readers. The reason I do not say these are worth 5 stars is because some times the "funny" is not actually humorous but rather mean between characters. At times when reading, my daughters actually say that the main character is too mean, and it certainly can come across that way. Their are actual funny moments and silly hijinks and the books can be really entertaining for the me and the kids but they are not without flaws.