I love the Explode the Code series. They are perfect for children who need more time and work on phonics. They are teacher friendly and child friendly. My students love the funny picture and sentences. Imagine a phonics program that is actually fun and interesting to children. They work very hard to read the sentences because they are funny.
I love this book because I can put my child right where she needs to be without worrying about grade level. Also, this book stretches her vocabulary while she is strenthening her reading/writing skills. (One of the first few pages used the word rubbish for trash.) My daughter also enjoys that she can do it with little help from me.