We read these books because my son loves them. They keep making him happy, so we keep reading them. They're hard to find around here (our library in Kansas had the entire series, while both our current library and its neighboring library don't have any of them), but we have come across a few at the used book store in town.
Jack has a son named Preacher now, which thrilled my son even more. If he loves dogs, he wants to put a copy of The Catcher in the Rye in his back pocket and shoot puppies. I especially liked how Preacher's nose-maps were child-like versions of Jack's maps. The story maybe lost something for us because we've read them out of order, so we had never before met the cat that made a reappearance in this book.
Rating: six out of seven giant inflatable monkeys.