We started collecting this series when she was eight, and a slow reader. She never had the interest in books like her older sister. In fact she said she 'did not want to read', that was ' her sister's job'.
So we landed on this clever French series, as 'something different'.
In the 12 months we have been reading these books, collecting the entire set. We have become smurf - addicts. More importantly Hazel has become a competent reader, and has completed the Harry Potter series and now reads pretty much anything.
First I was a little disappointed as I did not notice it was a comic book, but my 2-year old loves it. We have been reading 2 books from this collection for about 2 months and she cannot get enough, knows some parts by heart. I am definitely planning to buy more of those. Only one con - sometimes the smurfs are a little misbehaved, hard to explain to such a small kid its not ok that they throw a cake in other smurf's face. Perhaps it's more suitable for older kids.