I think reading scheme books get a bit of a bad press really. It can't be too easy to write a series of meaningful books along the narrow parameters of a reader who can only read about four words. I have quite a soft spot for the Oxford Reading Tree, because I think the stories are as interesting as they can be, and I love the interesting touches like Nosy Neighbour, and the fabulous Gran.
C's reading book this week is The Squink by John Caldwell - which is in the Treetops series of the ORT. This book has real artistic merit. It's a really interesting story, and the plot stands up to scrutiny. It helps that, by the time they get to Treetops, there is a wider range of vocab that the author is permitted to use, but the story really is quite charming. It's about a stall at the school fair, and a much-desired knitted toy. The description of the Reception classroom at the end is really quite charming.