ISBN 1887942238 - The Hooked on Phonics books in the Kindergarten level set might turn out to be the most interesting, if not the best.
Rag, a dog, is sad. His friends, Cat and Rat, make him feel better.
The text is very simple, with very small words for beginning readers. Barney Saltzberg, author and illustrator, makes an interesting choice when he brings Cat and Rat, characters we first met in ISBN 188794222X Cat (Hooked on Phonics, Book 1), to Rag's book. If he follows this pattern through the entire 15 books he wrote for the Kindergarten level Hooked on Phonics set, I'll be impressed. I'm still not impressed, however, by Saltzberg's coloring page like images.
I highly recommend the entire Hooked on Phonics series. My son is only four and is already starting to read and has mastered the first 5 Hooked on Phonics books. It makes teaching your child to read dummy proof!